ERTF Conference 15th October 2022: Debbie Lyddon

Title of workshop: Sensing the Landscape

Workshop leader - Debbie Lyddon

Our autumn 2022 conference will be held at Anstey Village Hall, Buntingford, SG9 0BY 

Debbie is a textile artist and maker.  Her work explores landscape and place and her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings.  Debbie’s practice combines traditional stitch techniques with non-traditional materials such as bitumen, salt and wax to make ambiguous 2-D and 3-D works that evoke the sights, sounds and touch of coastal environments. Debbie has an MA in contemporary textiles from the University of Hertfordshire.  She is a member and the current chair of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Workshop timings: 9.45am (doors open at 9am) to 4pm. Tea/coffee will be available. Lunch will be c. 12.30pm for half an hour. Please bring a packed lunch.

Members (£30) and non-members (£45) welcome. Completion of a booking form and advance payment is essential to confirm a place. Early booking is recommended for this workshop as numbers will be limited.

To download a Word version of the booking form click HERE.  If you are unable to download a Word version, please try the PDF alternative by clicking HERE  If you cannot access the forms on your device or computer, please contact Frances Green (

‘… keep looking. That’s what the keen-eyed naturalists say.  Keep looking. Keep looking even when there’s nothing much to see.  That way your eye learns what’s common, so when the uncommon appears your eye will tell you.’

Kathleen Jamie, poet and nature writer, Sightlines

Debbie Lyddon introduces her talk and workshop. For workshop materials see further down:

My talk and workshop are an exploration of place and put the emphasis on taking notice of your surroundings

I will talk about my work that is inspired by the sights and sounds of the north Norfolk coastline and use a Powerpoint slide show that contains photographs of my work. I will play the sounds from the environment that inspired some of the work and bring along work, sketchbooks and samples to look at and touch.

The workshop starts with a short outdoor walk – irrespective of the weather so come prepared! – to document what you see and hear with words, drawing and collecting.  The aim is to gather information about the environment and your response to it.

Back in the hall your collections will form the starting point for a book made using paper, drawing and stitch to create a unique and personal record of your exploration of place.


Sensing the Landscape: Materials required – please bring with you


  • Sewing Kit (needles – large and small scissors, tape measure, pins etc)
  • Sewing threads: black and white and 3 colours of your choice
  • Hand sewing thread in a range of thicknesses – black and white and 3 colours of your choice


  • Fat quarter white/cream linen/cotton


  • Pencil
  • Graphite stick
  • Fineliner pen
  • Black, red, blue, yellow watercolour paints – either tubes or a palette
  • Paint brushes
  • Water pot
  • Kitchen roll for wiping up
  • Plastic to protect tables
  • Baking parchment


  • 5 sheets of A3 white cartridge paper (200gms is ideal)


  • An awl
  • A pair of paper scissors
  • Bone folder (optional)


  • An apron
  • Comfortable, waterproof shoes/boots

Clothes suitable for all weather

Any queries, please contact Carole Nicholls.