Newsletter for February 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Pat Hamlin. The words below have been written by Wendy and provide a brief insight into Pat’s achievements and what a valued member of our branch Pat was.


Pat died on Friday 1st. February after battling a long illness. She was interested in craft and stitch and she took her City and Guild in Creative Embroidery at the same time as me at the London College of Fashion. She subsequently joined an exhibiting group called ‘Breakaway 92’. Pat became a Life Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild but as our nearest branch was in Chelmsford she and I founded the Romford and West Essex Branch of the Guild, Pat becoming the Secretary and the Programme Secretary. Pat continued arranging the programme for many years enjoying all the new developments in embroidery and booking the most exciting speakers and tutors she could find for our meetings. When Pat could no longer attend our meetings, the Committee made her a Life Member of the Branch in recognition of her long and valued service. We were very happy that she was able to attend our 25th. Anniversary meeting in July 2017. Pat was a real character and will be sadly missed.

 Our thoughts are with Viv and all her family.


Guild News

January Workshop –  A great day was had by all and although I missed the day news has filtered back on how good it was.  There will be others planned I am sure. A big thank you to Dallas, Linsey and Debra for the day.

Excel – We have been approached again to man the stand at Excel in April and I know you may be thinking that it is short notice, but we will have our new section of the map to unveil and I am sure that as you always do, rise to the occasion and put on a wonderful display. Keeping Romford on the map. More information will be given at the meeting.

RSN – We have an outing planned for the Royal School of Needlework on 23rd June so please watch this space for further details.

TEF– A trip to the Textile East fair is going to be as a car share outing so if you would like to go and share your car please let me know.

10th February meeting   – Kay Dennis who will be talking about her stumpwork and how this is developing. It has always been a fascinating skill and looks so amazing. The title is Moving on and will be accompanied by slides.

Car Park – Please make sure that you display your guild card in your car as this will help keep check on the parking in the church car park.

Our stitch group will be continuing. Rosy will be demonstrating more unusual stitches.  Do not forget to bring a small hoop and your own small sewing kit (needle and scissors)

Sub groups – I mentioned a while ago about starting small sub groups. They can be various activities from meeting for lunch or coffee to visiting museums and galleries. Discussing all things sewing along the way. If you are interested, please let me know so that we can put together a programme. It will meet once a month and again we can decide on a date and time once we have numbers. So far we have had a few members put their names forward for a coffee morning.

Coming Up

Founders day theme will be “Underfoot” which I think provides so many ideas from stones, sand, shells and paths to roots, flowers, leaves and even weeds. You could even think about the earth and the many layers. The ideas are endless so please have a go.

Havering Museum – Wendy is preparing the exhibition theme and will be letting us know shortly.  It is good that we have a platform to display our work within the community.

Travelling books – We will be sorting out the books and groups this month so if you want to bring your old one along so new members see what they are it would be appreciated. Do not worry if you do not have any ideas about a theme I will come armed with a long list.

Next month 10th March  – World of Colour – This will be a talk be Rachel Gornall who is well known for her dyed stitch textiles.

Residential 26th -28th April 2019  – We have booked High Leighs for our residential again next year so please ensure you save the date.  We are in discussions with a couple of tutors for the weekend and will let you know as soon as possible so you can book your place.


Keep an eye on our website Next year is full of exciting speakers and workshops. If you have any ideas or suggestions let Carol and Linda know.  If you have any photos or news that you would like included on the site speak to Dora Bowes.

Happy stitching