Mary Sleigh & Julia Triston, Making Conversation

Mary Sleigh & Julia Triston, Making Conversation

Don’t miss the next in our series of ‘Making Conversations’, on Monday 2nd October, with Textile Study Group Members, Mary Sleigh and Julia Triston.

Making Conversation is a series of six online events. In each session, two Textile Study Group members reflect on and share their own experience of creating new work for the Making:50 exhibitions.

Initial ideas and inspiration, frustrations and successful parts of the creative process, together with images of the artists’ work, are included in each conversation. Join us for an opportunity to have a peek over their shoulders and ask questions.

Sessions will be held via Zoom starting at 7pm (UK time) and will last approximately 1 hour.

Ticket price is £7.50 per talk. Available to book at our shop. 

Each ticket purchase is for one person to attend the talk.

Ticket sales will close 24 hours before each session.

No refunds.

Session invitation links will be emailed out on the morning of each talk.

Talks will not be recorded.

Visit our website for more information on each artist’s practice: MEMBERS

Meet the artist, and workshop

Meet the artist, and workshop

Running throughout April to July at the Peebles Library and Museum, we are celebrating Making:50 with opportunities for you to meet some of the artists and join in artist led workshops.

On Friday 2nd June, 13.00- 15.00 you can MEET THE ARTIST JULIA TRISTON.

Julia will bring some samples, talk about her Making:50 work, give a demonstration, or be working on a piece, and be available to engage with the public and answer questions about our individual practice.

Workshop Title: Text & Textiles

3rd June: Tweeddale Gallery, Peebles Library and Museum 13.00-15.00

Workshop Description:

In this workshop you will transfer a special or intriguing piece of writing into a small textile artwork. You will start by sampling and experimenting with lettering and text styles in free machine embroidery. You will then creatively interpret your piece of writing – which could be a list, a letter, a poem, or a personal manifesto – to emphasise and highlight important elements.

Price £45.00

To book call the Museum & Gallery on: 01721 726333 or email 

Please bring:

  • Notebook and pencil, ruler and rubber
  • Some lined paper, or graph paper
  • Some pieces of writing as a starting point – lists, letters, poems etc (NB if you have texts that are written in small hand writing, and wish to copy the handwriting exactly, you might need to enlarge your texts on a photocopier before the workshop)
  • Tracing paper
  • Machine with a drop feed and free motion/darning foot, spare needles and bobbins
  • Extension lead
  • Machine embroidery threads
  • Paper scissors
  • Sewing kit: needles, pins, small scissors
  • Background fabric – can range from a fine cotton organdie or netting to a thicker cotton or linen – approximately A4 size or smaller

Cost of kit: N/a. Materials are to be brought by the students.

Summer School 2023

Summer School 2023

Title – Salvage: Transform

The focus of the Summer School will be on salvaging and repurposing a wide range of materials. You may choose to work with a personal collection, finding inspiration in found objects, you could find new life in old materials or you might be drawn to work with discarded materials and the principles of fan making to explore ideas.

Your enthusiastic and experienced tutors will encourage and support you in finding new stories to tell through your work. Dates – Monday 17 – Thursday 20 July 2023.  ( 4 days) Tutors – Lois Blackburn, Julia Triston and Shelley Rhodes

Further course information and Booking Opens – 27th September