September 2021

Welcome to new and returning members,

I’m sorry to have missed you all at our September meeting but I was fortunate to have a holiday in Scotland, at last, and was very lucky with the weather! However, I also missed out on Georgina’s presentation and samples. The photos of her work are amazing and I’m envious of those beautiful brooches that you bought. I’m sure that Helen would not mind me sharing hers. You can find more photos at

A huge thank you to Diane for running the meeting in my absence and congratulation to her on winning the logo competition. Linsey is now designing new letter heads to match and will be organising us to create a new tablecloth with all the participant entries.

Saturday 9th October 1.45 for 2 pm start.

We will be welcoming Emily Jo Gibbs back to speak to us face to face following her excellent Zoom workshop in March. Emily has requested that you bring in your projects from that session for her and the rest of our members to enjoy. You are very welcome to bring guests along too. Non-members will be charged £5 to attend the meeting.  Sanitizer and masks will be available.

Saturday 23rd October 10 am to 4 pm.  Briar Rose Workshop

Nik Ravenscroft is leading this Goldwork day. Carol has emailed the requirements list to those who have already signed up but we have three spare places available. These will be offered to non-members after the 9th October. Contact Carol soon if you are interested.

Looking further ahead, Nigel Cheney will be leading a face-to-face workshop on 27th November.

Nigel has designed a selection of canvases especially for us to work on.

Our residential 15th to 17th July 2022 at High Leigh has been booked. Hooray!

Carol and Diane will be giving you more information about Nigel’s workshop and the residential at the next meeting.

Our membership database must comply with GDPR and therefore only members will receive newsletters and updates via email as from the November 1st 2021. This will include those who live further afield and wish to join as Zoomers only, that is if our trial run proves to be successful. Note that these Zooms will not be recorded. We thank you all for your support over the years and hope that should any of you decide not to continue as members that you will follow us on our webpage or Facebook and keep in touch from time to time.

Don’t forget to keep us posted as to any events that may be of interest to other members.


Happy stitching.

Best wishes


August 2021

Newsletter August 2021

Hello Everyone,


Wahey we are back!

Sanitiser and masks still may be the order of the day but they will not stop us getting together with the excellent speakers and workshops that Carol has arranged for us.

The first speaker will be Georgina Bellamy with 3D Goldwork at our inaugural meeting on Saturday 11th September at 2 pm.  At this meeting you will be able to sign up for our first workshop with Nik Ravenscroft, also goldwork, creating a beautiful Tudor Rose. Nik is the very talented tutor who brought us those gorgeous Bayeux Stitch creatures on Zoom.

Those of you who were unable to join us at the open meeting will need to complete a registration form to join our new independent stitch group.  A copy is attached.

A message from Diane:

“Welcome to the new stitch group and another exciting year of speakers and workshops. As agreed at the open meeting in August, this year’s annual membership fee is £45, payable for the period September 2021 to July 2022. There will no longer be an admission charge of £3 per meeting as this has been incorporated into the annual fee.

This can be paid in a number of ways – by bank transfer to our new bank account (details below), by cheque payable to Romford Embroiderers or in cash at the meeting in September.


The new bank details are:

Account Name: Romford Embroiderers

Account no. 28281217

Sort Code: 60-06-08

Please state your name as the reference in order I can match the payment to you and please send an email to to notify me that payment has been made.


WARNING: If you have paid by bank transfer in the past, please double check that you are using the new details above and not the former bank account details.”


If you would like to invite visitors to our meetings then they will continue to pay £5 per meeting up to a maximum of three whereupon they will be invited to join as a member.

We have received excellent news from Queen’s Hospital in that our “Reasons to be Thankful” project will hang in their Lavender corridor leading to the Lavender Garden.  It will be seen alongside other donations made to the hospital during Covid 19. Linsey did an amazing job compiling our squares into a rainbow. It was a real treat to see it finished on Saturday.

Don’t forget to enter our competition for a new logo design.

All the details are in Linsey’s poster that is on the home page.  Good luck!

At the meeting a question was asked about our maps. The committee have decided to keep them in the hope that the tags can be changed to those of the new stitch groups and be used at future exhibitions.

A question was also raised about streaming a meeting via Zoom that would enable visitors or members who live too far away to participate. Firstly, we have to have a speaker’s permission to do this and, in most cases, we think that they would be happy to do so. Therefore, we hope to run a trial in October to test out the practicality of Zooming in the hall. I will be contacting some of you who live further afield to act as guinea pigs for the trial for free.

Some of us have already signed up to attend an exhibition at Hand and Lock in November. Carol and I are going on Saturday 6th.  If you would like to go on another day and would like some company then email me and I will send out a message.

Click here to find out more information.

Linda sends her apologies as the sales table will not be available at the next meeting. However, you can still order from her via the web page. A member’s password is required so please contact me if you need it.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll hopefully be on holiday on the 11th (second booking after the first was cancelled only last week!)

Diane will be your Chair for that meeting.

Have a great time and see you soon.

Happy Sewing!