Fantasia Textiles - Create and Enjoy!


 
Hello - Welcome to Fantasia Textiles! The photos below are of my Coggeshall studio which is a creative textile haven which many of my students have been enjoying! Do have a look around below and the menu on the right to view the galleries, workshops, events 2016 looking forward to seeing  you soon! Do visit and like my www.facebook.com/fantasiatextiles I put regular update photos on to this facebook page.Look forward to your visit. 





















IN MEMORY OF ZOE COX: My very dear friend and colleague Zoe Cox sadly passed away on 14 March 2015.  Zoe will be sadly missed but remembered in our hearts for always. Zoe's donations to The Zoe Cox Brighter Future Fund (Great Ormond Street Hospital). 

NEWS SPRING/SUMMER 2016  WORKSHOPS PROGRAMME click here to view outline of workshops. For vouchers and special occasions please go to the workshops page. I also take private bookings with workshops of your choice!

NEWS : I am delighted to announce that DESIGN2STITCH -
FANTASIA TEXTILES is now an approved Micro Centre to run City & Guilds Design & Craft Machine Embroidery and Embroidery Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Click here to see City & Guilds page. 

NEWS: 2016 EVENTS & SHOWS 

Do have a look at the 2016 workshop listing I have started to enter  .... 
Lots of new workshops, courses and groups to be entered onto the website
click here to see workshops or click on 2016 Workshops on the menu selection on the right of this page.

EXHIBITION: ORDER & CHAOS
Eastern Region Textile Forum (ERTF)
Rhodes Gallery, Bishops Stortford Museum, South Road
Bishops Stortford, CM23 3JG

"PEACE FOR PARIS" by Norah Stocker has been selected for this exhibition. 

30 members will be exhibiting their work ranging from traditional to contemporary skills and techniques.  

Meet the Artists Saturday 16 and 29 April 2016 11am to 3pm 

SATURDAY 2 - 29 APRIL 2016

Do come along we look forward to seeing you. 





DESIGN2STITCH FOCUS GROUP EXHIBITION 2016

MONTH OF MAY -  6 to 18 June 2016 - 
BRAINTREE MUSEUM Manor Street, Braintree, 
Essex CM7 3HW

"Diversity In Focus III"

Private preview Friday 6 - 5.30pm for 6pm
Meet the artists day Sunday 15 May 2016


A NEW contemporary exhibition of  textile artists using art, design, mixed media, print, stitch and weaving. 

The Focus group  meet monthly on a Thursday. We are a group of artists sharing exciting ideas and inspirations for further work and exhibiting. To learn and explore a wider remit of the textile world. 

Please click here to view members details.

JUNE 2016 

DESIGN2STITCH FOCUS GROUP
SNAPE MALTINGS 2016 
QUAY GALLERY
 Saturday 4 - Thursday 9 JUNE  
 open 10 am - 4pm

"A MOMENT IN TIME"

Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk




A NEW contemporary exhibition of  textile artists using art, design, mixed media, print, stitch and weaving.  Look forward to seeing you. 


A contemporary exhibition of  textile artists using art, design, mixed media, print, stitch and weaving. Look forward to seeing you.


MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2016
BISHOPS STORTFORD EMBROIDERERS GUILD
St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Church Rd, Potter Street,
Harlow CM17 9 HD

A very big thank you to all the members for making me so welcome. 
Talk - 7.30 - 10 pm I have been invited to give a talk.  I will be giving a talk on my recent exhibition work  Fantasia Story "Natures Decay". I will have many of my textiles and artwork to see. 
Look forward to seeing you 





In the beginning of Fantasia Textiles:

I started Fantasia Textiles in 1999 selling my creations at the Braintree Museum, Essex.  I had a wonderful time making small fabric character dolls out of unusual fabrics and embellished with beads. Each doll was sold with her character on her label. Small and unusual bags made out of fabrics I had created , little beaded amulet purses, fancy mirrors plus many other items.
 
Over the past 18 years I qualified as a textile artist and adult teacher. I am a member of The Guild of Essex Craftsmen, Quilters Guild, Embroiderers Guild, The Computer Textile Design Group, SAQA International, ERTF, The Lace Guild.  I also run my own Design2Stitch Focus Group for exhibiting textile artists.  You can read more just click on theAbout Me page ...
 
All these galleries are of my work in creating Art Imagery and Mixed Media - designs using digitised imagery onto fabric, canvas work, my art journals, travel journals, memory books and many more pages.  Each gallery has two/three slide shows just click on the centre photo and the slide show will start ....... have fun! I have lots of new creations that I shall be putting onto the galleries very shortly. Some of my recent work is under this section please click  Art Imagery & Mixed Media

 
Textile art - wall hangings, art quilts, quilts and bags.  Bejewelled Art- embroidered and encrusted scrumptious creations.  Fibre Art for anything woolie.  
 
 My art dolls, bears, critters and softies is such  fun - each one with its own design and character. To view just click on any of my galleries on the right or click the words in blue underlined to see my Dollart  dolls, bears, critters and softies. 
 
 
NEWS "DESIGN 2 STITCH" WORKSHOPS -  Have you ever had an idea for a design and wanted to create this into stitch but using exciting techniques - then these workshops are for you. They will be fun and you will be able create your own designs.
 
 NEW SPRING/SUMMER  2016 WORKSHOPS:  The new series of The Design 2 Stitch course, Art Quilt Club, Funky Dolls and Critters Club,  Mixed Media, Dyeing, Printing, Burning Issues, free machine embroidery series  all started in November 2012. All these workshops are held at my Coggeshall Studio . PLease have a look at the Workshops page (see menu on the right). Do contact me norahjanet@hotmail.com for further details and to book.
 
NEW DESIGN2STITCH dynamic contemporary FOCUS  GROUP started September 2013. We explored discharge and mono print techniques during the Autumn term with our member Clive Barnett. 
 
 
NEWS 2016 Diary Events & Shows page: we have lots of shows and events booked up for 2016 -  so do have a look at the dates and venues. We sell all our products at these unusual fabrics, hand dyed threads and fabrics, embellishments, lace, buttons, scrumptious fabric packs, designer and folk art patterns and kits, needle felting, notions and lots more. Lovely inspirational books. So do come along and see us Norah and Ray.
 
Many of you have enquired which events and shows we will have a stand at for 2014. I will also be doing demos and workshops at events. 
 
So please click here Diary and Events page 2016
 
 
Because we sell so much of our stock at the shows it is impossible to list them all on the website so do contact me direct to see if we have your request in stock norahjanet@hotmail.com .
 
We specialise in unusual fabrics from around the world, hand dyed threads, embellishments, lace, buttons, scrumptious fabric packs. Needle felting notions and fabrics. Folk art patterns. Exquisite designer patterns for dolls, teddy bears, critters, softies and friends. Beautiful pin cushion designs. Sewing notion delights await you. Lovely inspirational craft books to treasure.
 
Click here SHOP Dollart Patterns  to see the exquisite MONICA SPICER pin cushions designs, teddy bears and friends. Critters, prim doll patterns and much more. Or you can  just click on any of the SHOP menu pages on the right handside of the screen to browse around the site. 
 
I also take commissions and offer consultations throughout.  Please contact me if you are interested info@fantasiatextiles.co.uk or use my contact us page on the right to email me your request ......
 
My passion for creating in both design and development techniques is always an exciting challenge!! Join me ...
 
Please read below the last few years events and exhibitions for Fantasia 
Textiles:

DECEMBER 2015

CHELMSFORD EMBROIDERERS GUILD
Main Hall, Christchurch, New London Road,
ChelmsfordCM2 OAW 
7.30 - 10 pm
Monday 14 DECEMBER 2015
A very BIG thank you to all members of the Guild for such a welcoming and friendly evening. It was lovely to meet friends old and new. I am so glad you enjoyed the evening. A very Merry Christmas to you all. I gave a talk on Fantasia's Story - dolls, teddies, critters and small stories - lots of fun and interesting creatures to look at.  Look forward to seeing you.

NOVEMBER 2015 

CHRISTMAS CRAFT & DESIGN FAIR
29 NOVEMBER 2015
The Warren Golf & Country Club, 
Maldon, CM9 6RW

A BIG thank you to all who visited the show. Lots of items to buy for Christmas! Look forward to seeing you next year.


NOVEMBER 2015 

CHRISTMAS CRAFT & DESIGN FAIR
21 NOVEMEBER 2015
The Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9AA
 10am-4pm
A BIG thank you to all who visited the fair today. Enjoy all the purchases made of my wall hangings and other items for Christmas. I look forward to seeing you next year at Long Melford. 

NEWS: 2015 DESIGN2STICH FOCUS GROUP 

DESIGN2STITCH FOCUS GROUP EXHIBITION
THE BALLROOM, 
THE MINORIES GALLERY, COLCHESTER, ESSEX 

MONDAY 26 - 31 OCTOBER
2015 10 am - 4pm 
click  here for further details 

"DIVERSITY IN FOCUS II"

A VERY BIG thank you to all visitors to our exhibition. The ballroom is an excellent venue with masses of light.

A NEW contemporary exhibition of  textile artists using art, design, mixed media, print, stitch and weaving. 

The Focus group  meet monthly on a Thursday. We are a group of artists sharing exciting ideas and inspirations for further work and exhibiting. To learn and explore a wider remit of the textile world. 
Recently exhibited at  Snape Maltings for 5-11 June 2015.   click  workshops page to read further

Fantasia Textiles OPEN Studio 
- Norah Stocker 

SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2015 
11 am - 3 pm 
(free entry)

A very BIG thank you to all who visited my Coggeshall studios.

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday with friends new and old. Some of my work has gone to Brazil, Switzerland and Denmark! Also for all the bookings made. Such friendship and interest. for studio address visit click here Diary, Events, Showsnorahjanet@hotmail.com 

(10% of all sales taken on the day will be donated to The Zoe Cox Brighter Future Fund) cash or cheque only for all sales thank you. 

Further details at www.colchesteropenstudios.org


EXHIBITION 2015:
CITY & GUILDS LEVEL 2 STITCHED TEXTILES
City & Guilds Level 2 students Jenny, Jane, Sharon on left Jenny, Jane, Sharon and Norah Stocker teacher/assessor
SUNDAY 2 AUGUST 2015 11 am to 3pm

Displays :
Jenny Jemison left 
Sharon centre
Sharon top right
Jane Bailey lower right 

A VERY BIG THANKYOU to all visitors to the exhibition. It was a glorious sunny Sunday. We raised £100 donation for Zoe Cox Gt Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. Jenny and John Jemison did a wonderful job with  the catering  on the studio patio. Thank you so much.  Also Congratulations to Joyce who won the raffle prize of Mamita pin cushion in a cup! I will put some photos up shortly.

Congratulations to my City & Guilds students who were exhibiting their work for their certificates for Design for Craft and for both hand and machine embroidery Level 2. Photo Jenny, Jane, Sharon on the left and myself in pink!

Four of my Level 3 students had their Design for Craft portfolios to view. For further details contact me norah.stocker@gmail.com

2-31 MAY 2015 
EASTERN REGIONAL TEXTILE FORUM
TEXTILE FESTIVAL
FARMLAND MUSEUM AND
DENNY ABBEY
The Farmland Museum, Denny Abbey, Ely Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9PQ

I will be exhibiting some my work based on the Poor Clares for one month at Denny Abbey. We are 29 artists from the ERTF exhibiting our work. Our work is taken from, the collections, buildings and surroundings of Denny abbey and the Farmland Museum. The itinerary for the month is varied. I will be there on 31 May for Meet The Artists day so do come and say hello.

www.dennyfamlandmuseum.org.uk for full details

NEWS: 2015visiting tutors KIM THITTICHAI in APRIL, Libby Smith series of workshops May, June, Oct 2015. visit website often! *Apologies from Hilary Beattie but she has been very unwell and will be cancelling 2015 bookings. Hilary we all wish you well and recovery from your mental health issues. 

SATURDAY 07 MARCH 2015 
10 am to 4pm
COLCHESTER EMBROIDERERS GUILD - 
The Ballroom, The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, CO11 1EU 

ART COLLAGE PANEL  by Norah Stocker - enjoy a fun day exploring methods of design and techniques.  I will be teaching a one day workshop for you to create a collage using torn photos and magazine papers, then print the design onto fabric using my inkjet printer.  We will then blend the design with artist mediums followed by using hand stitching or free machine embroidery stitch onto fabric to create a small panel. (£30) 
To book contact Lesley Sams, tel: 07958379302,  lesleymaq2@gmail.com 

20-22 FEBRUARY 2015
10 am to 5 pm 
ERTF EXHIBITION - 
6th Form Centre at
TEXTILES IN FOCUS
COTTENHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE
COTTENHAM, CAMBS CB24 8UA

A very BIG thank you to all whom visited the show. I was disappointed that I could not attend but was teaching all three days. I hear the response was very positive to our ERTF exhibition and now have new members. Many thanks Norah Stocker 

THE CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW
Five Lakes, Crowne Plaza Resort
12-14  February 2015 10am-5pm  

A very BIG thankyou to all who visited my stand over the three day show.  Lovely to meet everyone and all the interest shown in my work. Look forward to seeing you next year if not before. Norah and Ray


DESIGN2STITCH  FANTASIA TEXTILES STUDIO
DESIGN2STITCH FANTASIA TEXTILES STUDIO
Myself and all the City & Guilds students together at the exhibition. 
 
EXHIBITION NEWS 
SUNDAY 3 AUGUST 2014:
 







City & Guilds Students 
Stitched Textiles Exhibition
 
A BIG THANKYOU to all who visited the exhibition it was very successful and the comments were so generous all day. I would also like to thank all my City & Guilds students for the excellent work they have produced and how professional and friendly they all were to the public. I look forward to seeing you all soon. Have a wonderful summer … x Norah x
 
For further details contact me norahstocker@gmail.com
 
for further details on City & Guilds courses I run click HERE
 
 
 
 

EXHIBITION June 2014:
PRINT2STITCH "DIVERSITY IN NATURE: I would like to thank all of you that visited our exhibition at Snape Maltings. It is a great venue and went very well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 CREATE AND ENJOY!! 
See you soon
 
Norah Stocker
 
 
 
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!