2016 programme

Wednesday January 13 Experimental Goldwork

Clare Clensey will be with us again to teach this class. This will enable us to try out more advanced techniques than we have tried before. Clare will provide a gold pack and design ideas leaving us free to provide our own materials and design as we wish. However there will be something for everyone. Don't be afraid to come along if you haven't tried Goldwork before. It is much easier than it looks.


Tuesday February 16 Workshop and Sale

A nice relaxed day. Bring your own work to do. Especially anything you need help with from previous workshops etc. Someone will have ideas for you and it is a great day to get to know people without the restrictions of a workshop. Bring along any embroidery- related articles you might like to sell; spare fabric, threads and that book you bought twice!

Tuesday March 15 Stumpwork Pansies

A return visit from Annette Bolton to teach us the stumpwork and how to embroider a lovely stumpwork spray with a free standing pansy at its heart. This piece is stitched round a corner Annette has worked her piece round a corner to frame a poem but there are lots of variations. We haven't had stumpwork for several years so this will be a chance to make a very pretty and useful piece of work.


Wednesday April 13 inspired by Klimt

Angie Hughes does very modern work with bold colours and metallic sparkle. Make a shining bag or bold hanging.


Tuesday May 17 Three Dimensional Hand Appliqué

Dawn Cameron-Dick is a new tutor for us. She comes with a reputation for being a superb quilter and an excellent and amusing teacher. We will make samples of appliqué flowers etc and Dawn will provide us with patterns to use at home


Wednesday June 15 Coloured drawn thread work

Sian Martin gives a whole new look to drawn thread work. Working with pre-coloured scrim (or dye your own on the day) you will draw threads in the traditional way, overstitch with colours and then create a three dimensional flower. It looks like a lot of fun.

Tuesday July 12 Canvas Work

Deborah Wilding will teach this requested class. We will work a piece of canvas embroidery which can then be used to make a variety of things. For anyone who has not tried canvas work you will find there are a wide variety of stitches to give different effects.

Tuesday August 16 Shisha Embroidery

Another course we haven't done for some time. Pat Trott will show you how to put sparkle into your work and the stitches associated with this traditional Indian Embroidery


Wednesday September 14 Embroidered Boxes

This is our annual visit from Beppi Berlin to show us how to work the little boxes she brought last year The idea is that Beppi will let us have the dimensions of the boxes well ahead so we will be able to work the outside (or buy printed fabric) and on the day she will concentrate on the beautiful 3D interiors.

Tuesday October 11 Stitched Christmas Decorations

Lesley Irving will teach us how to make a variety of unique decorations. Whilst machining is quicker you can choose to stitch by hand. Lesley is going to provide several patterns so if you don't like bringing your machine you can try machine versions when you get home.


Wednesday November 9 Workshop and AGM

Tuesday November 22 Embelished books

A return visit from Annette Emms We will use appliqués, hand stitching and some hand felting (or buy felt if you don't fancy that) to make fabric books.


Wednesday December 7 Ploughmans and Talk (members only)

Annette Emms is coming back to give a talk entitled “Gargoyles, Ghosts and Gravestones” and is about Annette's adventures in "church crawling" to give her inspirations for her embroidery.