May 2020

Hello Everyone.

I do hope that you are continuing to keep safe and well during this lockdown period. It is at times like this that we realise the value of our friends and groups so it was a joy for me to “meet” with Barbara, Diane, Carol, Annie, Helen, Linsey and Jane on Saturday and to see them smiling back at me from their homes or garden.

Unfortunately, we have to cancel our June meeting and workshop. Diane will be in touch with members who require a refund for their workshop payments. We are still keeping our fingers crossed for July’s meeting.  This depends upon when the church is permitted to open again and if social distancing can be guaranteed.Carol is busy updating our programme and hopes to add an extra meeting later in the year.

In the meantime, please let Diane know (via if you are interested in our residential and have not already signed up.  We have paid the deposit to High Leigh Centre but Diane and Carol need to know numbers for the tutors soon to avoid disappointing any one as any spare places will be offered to members at other branches.

Here is a reminder of the details:

The weekend starts on the evening of Friday 21 May 2021 and runs through to lunchtime on Sunday 23 May 2021. We are based at High Leigh conference centre in Hertfordshire ( with full board.

We have three tutors booked and 15 places per tutor. The tutors are Wendy Dolan (machine embroidery), Amy Burt (hand embroidery) and Frances Pickering (mixed media – a bit messy). Please see links to their websites below.

Wendy Dolan:

Amy Burt:

Frances Pickering:

The full cost of the weekend is £270 for members, £220 for members under 23 and £290 for non-members. To secure your place, a non-returnable deposit of £30 is required. Payment of the balance can be made in stages over the following months but full payment will be required by the end of April 2021. We have been in contact with High Leigh to discuss their cancellation policy and would hope that in the unfortunate event of the weekend being cancelled refunds would be made.

We were so disappointed to have to cancel Michelle Carragher In April but Carol has been very fortunate to rebook her for next year. Michelle sent this message:

“I hope you are keeping well too. I’m fine, and just concentrating on some embroidery for a book project I’m working on at the moment and to be honest staying at home and working on my own is kind of what I normally do so not so difficult for me. I have attached a picture of a little bird motif that I was asked to create for a Red carpet event evening dress. Hopefully all your members are keeping being creative even in isolation.

All the best and keep well,


Carol recommends that you take a look at Michelle’s website or Facebook pages. If you follow Michelle, she will send you a birthday message accompanied by a photo of one of her embroideries.

Michelle Carragher’s web page

Michelle on Facebook


Kathleen has shared a challenge from Textile Artist with us. It includes eyes that may be of use if you are still working on the 2020 Vision bunting.

You can find more information here

The production of scrubs for Queens and King Georges Hospitals is coming to an end so many of us are moving onto making masks. Do send us photos of what you have been creating.

Stay Alert everyone

Happy Sewing!