About E.A.S.T

East Anglian Stitch Textiles (E.A.S.T) was formed in 1995 in response to a demand for a self-supporting framework for textile artists in East Anglia, UK.


The membership of this group commenced with ten artists and now has fifteen.


Since it's inception E.A.S.T has had a close relationship with Braintree District Museum where it meets monthly and held the first E.A.S.T exhibition in 1997.The group continues to be mentored by Anthea Godfrey, Artistic Director of the Embroiderer's Guild.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Eco Leaf Dyeing workshop with Jenny Leslie

What a lovely way to spend my Saturday this autumnal weekend, learning about dyeing using leaves.

This image is a detail from some silk velvet fabric that I used for one of the samples, showing some of the subtle colours that can be achieved, as well as more dramatic ones.

Jenny expertly guided us through some variations of this fascinating natural dyeing method, and we produced several samples with a range of effects.

I felt totally immersed (no pun intended) in this workshop, and spent much of Sunday thinking how I'll be using what I've just learned in my current project.  For the Power of Stitch, EAST's 2019 exhibition theme, I'm focusing on Caister, on the Norfolk coast, and I think I may have just found the perfect North Sea muddy blue, courtesy of Jenny and some purple carrots ... watch this space!

Kay Mullenger, October 2018

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