Newsletter 2nd May 2022

Hello Everyone

April was another busy and exciting month.

We opened with the Creative Crafts Show at Excel. Thank you to all of you who helped on the stall, chatted to visitors and guided stitchers in making their brooches. It was a very enjoyable and profitable event. Sadly, the organisers have informed us that this show will not be held at Excel in the future.

We then welcomed Lucy Martin with her wonderful presentation and gorgeous work. It’s no wonder that she has won several awards for her technical excellence. Her detailed hand embroidery was enjoyed by all.

Later in the month a group of us visited the Fashion and Textile Museum to see “150 years of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk” exhibition. One of the highlights was the Red Dress that has embroidered contributions from 46 countries.

We closed the month with another most enjoyable Zoom workshop with Wendy Dolan, inspired by Klimt. (I’m starting to love my soldering iron!) I promised to send Wendy photos of your work so don’t forget to bring them in to our next meeting.

May is going to be calmer but don’t put down your needles as we are looking forward to seeing your contributions to the Chairman’s Challenge in June!  I am attaching the poster again as a reminder.

Our Library

We would like to thank Karen for her sterling work with our library of 164 books and a collection of Stitch and Embroidery magazines. However, she now needs to pass this role over to another fit volunteer but could continue to act as deputy if needed. The books are catalogued on our website with a password for members only. If you would be interested in managing the library, please let us know as the committee needs to discuss the way forward for this valuable resource.

Next Meeting May 14th

Unfortunately, our speaker has cancelled so we will use this opportunity to hold a more relaxed and sociable stitch along. We have some crown brooch kits left over from the show so this will form the basis of a new name badge for you to create This will be in time for you to wear your brooch at the forthcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and for our newest members to get to know us better. All you need to bring is your basic sewing kit.

June 11th Founders Day

We will be celebrating our 30th birthday. So along with the Chairman’s challenge, there will be a Show and Tell presentation and cake! More details at our next meeting.

Links that you may find of interest:

If you enjoyed Karen Nicol’s presentation on Zoom last year, you may be interested in her current exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery.


Warner Textile Fair

Please share any other events/fairs that may be of interest to our members.

See you soon

Happy stitching