National Progression - Ragtime

Natural Progression Textile Group was formed over 10 years ago when on completion of City & Guilds in Embroidery and Design a few of us students decided to initiate a textile group.

We are now a happy band of between 8 to 10 ladies, who exhibit and sell our contemporary textile art.

We meet up every so often to discuss business, exchange ideas and learn new techniques in all aspects of stitching, sticking, cutting, distorting and generally playing.

We hold in-house play days and invite tutors to run full day workshops to enable us to widen our knowledge.

We have exhibited in many venues in the NW, including Samlesbury Hall, Towneley Hall, Astley Hall, Drumcroon, Mere Sands Nature Reserve, Avant Garden Centre & Shevington Library.

We have covered broad subjects such as ‘Freedom’ and ‘Renewal’, as we like to challenge ourselves, research, explore different facets of life and come up with our own thoughts & designs.

Our exhibitions are always exciting and diverse as although we work to a theme, our members interpret the theme in their own way and use different techniques.

This new exhibition ‘Ragtime’ is based on the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods and covers all aspects of these two very contrasting lifestyles. 

Art Nouveau was romantic, ethereal and based on all aspects of nature, which was then followed after WW1 by the Art Deco era with its cleaner lines, geometric patterns and of course, decadence and free-spirited evening life.

We feel that this exhibition will entertain and give everyone the opportunity to breathe again after the terrible restrictions of the last year or so.


A Meet the Artists evening will be held on 2 July 2021, 7 – 9 pm in the courtyard with access to the exhibitions following social distancing guidance.  All welcome