January 2019


Christmas and New Year celebrations are fast becoming a distant memory. But before they vanish, I would like to wish you all the very best for 2019. It looks like being a very eventful year in more ways than one.

Looking through my photos I found last year’s winter pictures. There is a surprise awaiting if you can tell me the location of the picture in the top right hand corner.

At our last month’s meeting Dallas provided us with a fun packed afternoon that set us up for the Christmas festivities.  I love the hands-on afternoons that we have and really looking forward to our January workshop with Karin and Lorraine.

To all the members that knitted teddies to help children who become trauma victims in war torn countries a really big thank you. We now have enough and do not require any more at present. I will be looking for a new project to support so watch this space. It warms my heart to see how generous you all are with your time and support.

12th January – The use of natural dyes. Michele Turner aka ‘The Crafty Heffalump’ will be demonstrating the use of natural dyes.  Michele has also led dyeing workshops at the fashion museum in London. It sounds a great additional medium to add to our projects to produce usual basis from which we a develop.

Just a reminder to all committee members, there is a committee meeting at 11.30 am on 12th January in hall. Any branch member wishing to come along will be welcome. It is a great opportunity to see how it works behind the scenes.

26th January WorkshopFelting with Lorraine and Karin. As you may be aware, we have been looking into expanding the number of members who are able to take part in the workshop. Please ensure that you have your name on the list and we will let you know as soon as possible if we have been successful in securing a larger room so that you can all attend. For those who already have a place make sure you have the requirements list. Please check with Diane and Helen. The cost of the day will be £5.00.

Havering Museum – ‘Lost pub signs.’ If you are designing a sign please remember to bring it to this meeting.  These must be given to Wendy who will be preparing the exhibition. Please watch the web site and newsletter for times and opening.

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).

For Sale and Notice Board. – Please remember to have a look at the board and check events and items for sale.

Coming Up

Next main meeting 9th Feb 2019 – Bev Caleno founder of ‘The Old Bank Studios’. Bev Caleno is the founder of the Old Bank in Harwich at this meeting Bev will be demonstrating ‘A Range of Unusual Techniques’ which sound very intriguing.

Next Workshop 23rd March 2019 Machine Embroidery with Nodeen Salmon. Following on from the great talk at our meeting on 10th Nov 2018 Nodeen will be returning to inspire us with a workshop creating pictures via free motion embroidery.

Beside the Sea’– UK National Silk Festival Saturday 13th July 2019. Check web site for more details.

Keep an eye on our website  If you have any photos or news that you would like included on the site speak to Dora.

As before I hope that I have remembered everything but if not, I will update you all on Saturday.

Happy stitching