March 2019


(This photo is of one of the amazing felt bowls made at our recent workshop.)

Well this is a new venture for me and Gill is a hard act to follow. We thank Gill for her commitment and enthusiasm as Chair over the past two and a half years and wish her well as she steps down from the committee.

We also thank Dallas, once again for picking up the reigns as Secretary until our next AGM.

We had a very busy meeting in February with Bev Caleno. Her display of work was stunning and we thank her for her free motion embroidery demonstrations. There are snippets of this in a video on our website.  See


HQ has been asking for suggestion of a new name change for the guild.  To date they have only had 19 responses, so they have extended the return date to 31st March.  Please check your Contact magazine issue 48 for full details or send your suggestions to

This Saturday – 9th March- “My Quilts” by Pippa Moss.  Pippa will be bringing examples of different types of quilting, including Durham and Shaker.

Our stitch group– Dallas will lead this group for this month in a session on transfer dye printing. All the materials will be provided for you. You can see all of our previous demonstrations on YouTube at

23rd March WorkshopMachine 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.

Founders Day -8th June– The theme for our Founders Day competition is “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies). There is also the opportunity for members to Show and Tell their work. Please speak to Linsey for more information about either of these activities.

National Stitch Day – Please note that the day has moved from August to 22nd June. We have a Silk Painting workshop on this day but if any member would like to lead an event for National Stitch Day do let us know.

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

Coming Up

Next main meeting 13th April– “Hand and Lock Embroidery”.  Author of “Embroidery in Fashion”, Jessica Pile will tell us about the work of this prestigious company where she is Production Director.

Creative Crafts Show at Excel -4-6 April. The 100 hearts will be on display at the EG stand.

Next Workshop 22nd June 2019. Silk Painting – Following on from our talk on September 8th, 2018 we are going to have a great day with Janetta Sosin from the Essex Silk Painters.  Please make sure you book your place early to avoid disappointment.

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

Do let me know if there are any other events that you think might be of interest to our members.

Happy Stitching.