Kay Dennis has always been passionate about needle lace and this passion led her into stumpwork. When Kay took redundancy about 20 years ago, stumpwork embroidery became her full-time occupation. She was in growing demand as a stumpwork teacher and also established her business, Kay Dennis Stumpwork.
Her husband Michael took early retirement at the same time and became a professional wood turner. However, the constant exposure to dust eventually made it impossible to continue. Fortunately, he was able to use his skills to specialise in building the deep frames needed for stumpwork, adding a new product range to the business.
For the past seven or so years, Kay and Michael – AKA ‘Team Dennis’ – have travelled throughout the UK teaching stumpwork classes to embroidery guild groups and at craft centres or residential colleges such as Knuston Hall.
They have also written and published four popular books on stumpwork and two needle lace booklets.
At the Makit LQ&N Fair, Kay will be demonstrating stumpwork techniques and her new development of three-dimensional embroidery. She and Michael will also have a small exhibition of Kay’s latest work, specialist materials, books, cards, some kits and project books for sale.
Ask them anything you like about traditional stumpwork and they’re sure to inspire you.
Take part in a Stumpwork Make & Take
The ‘Team Dennis’ Make & Take will be slightly different to some of the other Make & Takes you’ll find at the LQ&N Fair.
Kay will be running two hour-and-a-half sessions during the fair (price to be confirmed). The first will take place at 11am and the second will start at 2pm. There are six spaces available for each session so, if you’re interested, we recommend that you pop by the Kay Dennis Stumpwork stand when you arrive at the fair to put your name down.
During your Make & Take session, you’ll begin work on a stunning stumpwork kit – either a flat acorn with leaf or a blackberry with leaf. Each kit contains full instructions and all the materials you’ll need to complete it at home. General equipment such as needles and scissors will be available to use during the session.
Kay will be on hand at all times to offer tips and advice about creating your stumpwork piece.
You can find out more about Kay Dennis Stumpwork at: http://www.kaydennis.co.uk