Guest Speakers

Nigel Cheney ‘Hares’  Workshop November 2021

It’s so nice to have Nigel Cheney back with us for our workshop today. He has printed a selection of Hares especially for us. They are wonderful.
Here is Annie’s finished piece and some more in process. A very enjoyable day catching up with everyone.
Here is our work in progress.  Nigel’s samples follow.

Nigel’s samples:

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Sally Roberson ‘Medieval to Morris’ November 2021

It was lovely to welcome Sally back with her beautiful work and kits.  Carol also organised a folio to support her talk from the EG.

Nik Ravenscroft Briar Rose Goldwork Workshop

October 2021

A fantastic day with Nik.
It was so nice to be back together again for a workshop!
For many of us this was our first venture into goldwork and we are very pleased with our pieces. Thank you Nik for your patience and excellent guidance.


Emily Jo Gibbs Layering with Organza. October 2021

Emily Jo Gibbs joined us last week with a presentation on working with organza and shared samples of her amazing work that demonstrate her style of layering and use of shadow. We were very fortunate to have Emily lead us in a workshop on Zoom earlier in the year and some of our pieces are shown here too.

Georgina Bellamy  3D Goldwork

September 2021

A huge thank you to Georgina Bellamy, “That Embroidery Girl” for speaking to us at our inaugural meeting as an independent stitch group. It was a pleasure to hear Georgina’s story and to see her stunning work. Here is just a small sample. We look forward to welcoming Georgina back again soon.

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Emily Jo Gibbs   Hand Embroidery

Zoom workshop March 2021

We had a very relaxing day hand embroidering on layers of organza with a focus on achieving delicate colours and shadows in our samplers. Thank you to Emily for a most enjoyable time and we look forward to seeing her again in the near future.

These are print screens from my laptop so some are a little fuzzy, sorry.

Nikki Parmenter Mixed Media

Zoom Workshop February 2021

Thank you to Nikki for her amazing workshop creating stunning elephants, fish, frogs, tulips and butterflies between layers of plastic and then enhanced with free motion embroidery.

Anne Kelly  “House and Home

Zoom workshop November 2020

Thank you to Anne for a most relaxing and enjoyable day. Anne demonstrated how to bring the memories of our favourite house/home to life with layering and embroidery techniques.

Nikki Parmenter “From Paper to Mixed Media and Textiles” November meeting on Zoom

Here are just a few photos from Nikki Parmenter’s amazing Zoom presentation.  Nikki shared the cultural influences and embroidery techniques that inspired her to create such stunning work. We are looking forward to meeting her again for a workshop next year.

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Wendy Dolan  “Architecture”- machine embroidery October 2020 Workshop on Zoom

This was our first online workshop. Thank you to Wendy for a most enjoyable day.  Here are just a few of our finished pieces of architecture. Find out more about Wendy here.

Emily Jo Gibbs  “The Value of Making” October Meeting on Zoom

Emily presented her stunning portraits and shared how she developed them through stitched applique. See more here

Anna Ray  Textile Installations  September 2020 Meeting on Zoom

We were delighted to meet Anna with her creative three dimensional textile art. You can follow her work and exhibitions here

Sarah Impey  “Writing with a Needle” machine embroidered script July 2020 Meeting on Zoom

Thank you to Sarah for being our first Zoom guest. We thoroughly enjoyed her presentation of her beautiful quilts and very neat embroidered text. We are sorry not to have photos to share but you can see a selection of Sarah’s work here.

Bev Folkard “Stitching, Chapter and Books”. March 2020

Unfortunately due to the onset of Coronavirus we were not able to handle Bev’s exciting books but she patiently demonstrated them to us. You can see her creative and diverse projects in these photos. Bev is a member of Material Girls.


Becky Sworn from Changs  February 2020

Thank you to Becky Sworn for sharing the story of her family company Changs and for bringing along so many beautiful fabrics and buttons that we could purchase.

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Stacey Chapman  “ArtseaCraftsea”  January 2020

Stacey inspired us with her talk about how her career evolved after watching Kirstie Allsop’s Handmade Britain show. She is passionate about combining her portrait drawing with free motion machine embroidery to produce life like thread paintings.  Here is just a small sample of her stunning work. A few photos are of clips from her work as we had a lot of reflection in the glass mounts.

Anna Holzer-Mountifield “Layered Landscapes” Nov 2019

We had an exciting workshop creating lampshades and scenes with creative embroidery on lutradur.  Thank you to Anna and Keith.


Nigel Cheney “Unravelling the Archive”  Nov 2019

Thank you to Nigel for sharing his amazing work. He designs his own prints then brings them to life with incredible machine and hand embroidery.  The photos can not do justice to his work!

Anne Griffiths- “Illuminated Letters” Workshop October 2019

Anne uses the back of a tomato puree tube, a spoon, traced letters and a biro to produce stunning letters to applique onto fabric. Thank you Anne for an enjoyable workshop.  Here are our results.

Sally Roberson  “May Morris, her life and work” October 2019

Sally gave us an in depth history of May Morris’ life and how at an early age her parents and the Industrial Revolution influenced her craft. May set up the Women’s Guild of Arts in 1907.  Sally’s presentation included family photos and samples of May’s embroidery.

Bev Caleno  Hands-on block printing September 2019

Thank you to Bev for returning to us for this meeting. Due to numbers, she demonstrated the process THREE times. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and their projects are stunning.

Anne Kelly “Textile Nature”  July 2019

Anne shared her experience with machine and hand embroidery through her stunning examples of textile collage.  We are looking forward to working with Anne in a workshop next March.

Janetta Sosin June 2019

Following a presentation last autumn, Janetta returned to lead our workshop.


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Hanny Newton  May 2019

“Couching is one of my absolute favourite techniques. I love the simplicity of using one thread to hold another down onto the canvas. This simplicity frees up a whole universe of possibilities – materials, patterns, shading, colours and effects can be varied and explored to create some amazing effects.”

Hand and Lock  April 2019

Thank you to Alastair Macleod, Chairman of Hand and Lock, and embroiderer Juliet Ferry for their very interesting presentations.  We learnt about the fascinating history of the company and saw examples of their exquisite commissions for famous people, including our royalty.  There were small samples of embroidery and a book for sale.

Nodeen Salmon Machine Embroidery Workshop March 2019

We were so pleased that Nodeen was able to come back and share her techniques for producing her beautiful free motion embroidery landscapes. We focused on planning the layout for our project, painting the background and the strategies for stitching grasses. Thank you Nodeen as we all thoroughly enjoyed your workshop.

Pippa Moss “My Quits” March 2019

Thank you to Pippa for bringing along her large collection of antique whole cloth, Welsh, Durham, Amish and Hawaiian inspired quilts.

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Bev Caleno   “A Range Of Unusual Techniques”   February 2019

Here is a  snippet from Bev’s demonstration.

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Michele Turner aka Crafty Heffalump  – Natural Dyeing    January 2019


Anna Holzer-Mountifield:  Weaving workshop.  November 2018

Nodeen Salmon: My Life In Stitches         November 2018

Nodeen shared how the techniques that she learnt in painting influenced her very creative embroidery. Her work is stunning.

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Kay Dennis: Stumpwork Workshop October 2018

Thank you to both Kay and Michael for a relaxing day doing what we enjoy the most, embroidery. We had a choice of projects and this kept our duo on their toes. Kay gave us very detailed instruction booklets and plenty of practical demonstrations with valuable advice and guidance. Our pieces of work are only part way through and though they look small, they contain a lot of tiny detailed stitches. We look forward to working with Kay again at our residential weekend next Spring.

Here are Kay’s examples of the finished projects. I will add ours when they are completed.

Here is our work in progress.

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A couple of finished pieces!


Connie Flynn “My Shetland Experience”  October 2018

Connie shared the invaluable experiences that she gained whilst studying for her BA at Shetland College.  Her presentation illustrated how the beautiful location inspired the colour, textile and pattern in her projects. The culture and history of the islands and her visit to Norway influenced her photography, weaving and knitting.  Connie runs classes at Parndon Mill in Harlow.