Newsletter 30th November 2023 

Hi Everyone

Thank you to all who were able to join us for our 2023 AGM last month as we continue to value your support and encouragement. It is a pleasure to welcome Babs to the committee and we look forward to working with her.

It was such a pleasure to welcome Vinny Stapley to share with us her journey with “Mersea Florilegeum” and how the local salt marsh has inspired her textile adventures. We are looking forward to working with her next year at a workshop.

Jill Kipnis joined us again for a workshop hand stitching vegetables or fruit. Unfortunately, she had been ill so we put plan B in action and held our first Zoom meeting in the hall and it went well. Jill shared her design and embroidery techniques via videos and demonstrations, all supported with excellent advice. Carol set up a WhatsApp group especially for the session so that we could send photos of our work, ask questions and receive great feedback from Jill. But most importantly we were able to continue to work together and enjoy each other’s company whilst stitching.

Our best wishes go to Rosy who is unable to join us for the time being. Her Stitchie Fingers slot has been missed and many of you have requested that it continues. Therefore, we thought that some of you would like to step in and demonstrate a favourite stitch or two of your choice. Annie will have a sign-up sheet ready for you at the next meeting.

Travelling Books

Please continue to bring in your travelling books, including older ones, so that I can add them to our collection. See here.

Christmas Tree

Once again, we entered a tree in the church’s Christmas Tree Festival. I have attached a feedback letter from Christine.

Coming up:

December 9th Festive Activity   Details as per the poster attached. We are planning to break for a shared lunch at around 12.30. Grey felt for the body parts will be supplied so do remember to bring your sewing kit and any trims that you think you may need. There is a small charge to cover the cost of the copyrighted pattern. Linda has requested that you contact her if there is any haberdashery/trims that you would like her to bring.

January 13th Elizabeth Ashdown: “Passementerie: an endangered yet thoroughly contemporary craft”

January 27th. In house workshop. Skills shared by our own members.

Some events that you may be interested in:

Selvedge Christmas Fair

There are some interesting talks coming up at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Made London   3rd to 5th November

A few members who are attending the next residential with Jenny Adin-Christie have asked for a reminder of the project, so here it is.

I look forward to seeing you on the 9th

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas.