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What we've been doing

Welcome to this page which gives brief details of activities that we have been involved in.


There is a thread that leads though last year's and this year's programme which will lead to an exhibition in 2018. We live close to a World Heritage Site, Masson Mills, which contains some of the earliest cotton spinning and weaving factories in the world. We are developing and exploring ideas based on this.

Masson Mills Tour - September 2017

We had a very enjoyable tour of the Working Textile Musuem. We all took photos of the objects that interested us. It will be interesting to see what is produced from these for our Exhibition coming in 2018.

National Celebration of Stitch - August 2017

This year we held our Celebration in the Foyer of Chesterfield Library. Our rolling display of our cushions went down well and some people had a look at what we were stitching that day. If you took any photos of our display please add them to our online album here. Just clink join or sign in to be able to add photos.

Room Boxes - July 2017
Room boxes
The Room boxes that have come in so far are looking good. Looking forward to seeing more of them soon. Click on the photo to see more.

Cushions- May 2017

The cushion designs from the March meeting were returning completed at our April meeting. It was interesting to see how the designs were transformed into cushions. Photo of cushions on display at Regional Day is now added to the album below. Please feel free to join this album and add your own photos of the cushions. Just click the link below, click join and the add photo icon to be found at the top right of the page, click on the photos you want to add and then click done.

A big thanks to Laura Kemshall of Fingerprint, the digital print fabric firm, for her help on this project.

Click here for more photos.

Photos of cushions are also available on Pinterest.

Cushion Designs - January 2017

Cogs cushion design
On our first member-led workshop in January we were asked to come up with some cushion designs on the theme Over and Over and Over Again. We used the digital print fabric firm Fingerprint. We choose medium weight cotton fabric in size 46 cm square. We got our designs back on the March meeting printed on fabric and we turned them into cushion covers (see above post).

To see more photos click here.

Photos of designs are also available on Pinterest.

Sharing Photos on Google

Your IT Rep, Michelle, had a training session with the Region on 1 April. Here I learnt more on how to keep our Branch pages updated and how to use Google Photos. Any member can take photos, create a photo album and share the link with their IT Rep to add to branch webpages, Facebook and Pinterest. If any members would like to do this, please contact me via my email or at the next meeting. I have added the link to the Presentation on using Google Photos below. Click here to go to Regional News.

Presentation on how to use Google Photos for all members

Nicola Jarvis Workshop - 3 December 2016                            

Nicloa Jarvis Bijou Robin Brooch

Nicola Jarvis tutored an all day beading and embellishment workshop where all all made Robins that could be brooches or tree decorations.

For more information about this workshop click here ...

A Festival of Christmas Trees in Chesterfield Parish Church - November 2016

Members made red and white parcels to decorate our Christmas tree which forms part of the Festival of Christmas Trees in The Crooked Spire Church. 

Members were given a pack containing a card former and were asked to make white parcels decorated in red and gold. The parcels could either be 3D or 2D. There were a variety of interpretations as can be seen.

National Day of Stitch - Saturday 6 August 2016

Leaves made by our members and brought to the July meeting. These leaves were displayed on our stall on Chesterfield Market as part of the National Day of Stitch.

Nicola Hilton Workshop - 10 June 2016
Nicola tutored an all day stump work workshop were we made (or nearly completed) beehive needle cases.

Capability Brown National Project
Chesterfield Branch took part in the national Capability Brown project. We've made a Branch exhibit for the exhibition at Clumber Park (a National Trust property). Individual members also entered work to the exhibition. Some of our work went onto the Macclesfield Silk Museum in November.

 "Path to the Lake" made by Ann Dilks. 

Photograph: Our Branch project. Trees are an essential part of the Clumber Park landscape. Members have made small embroidered trees showing how diverse stitch can be.

Bobby Britnell Workshop - March 2016
Bobby ran a two day workshop for our members called "Mixed Media Approaches to Abstract Design" which was very much enjoyed by those members who attended. 
Photograph: Some of Toni's work from the workshop

You can read more about the workshop here.

Festival of Christmas Trees in Chesterfield Parish Church - November 2015
Members made red and white angels to decorate our Christmas tree which formed part of the Festival of Christmas Trees in The Crooked Spire Church.

There is more about this project here ............

Celebration Exhibition
Thursday 12 November until Saturday 14 November 2015
at Rose Hill United Reform Church, Rose Hill, Chesterfield S40 1LW
This exhibition was to celebrate that the Chesterfield Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild was 25 years old. Members made work which reflected the theme of celebration.
Photograph: Cathryn's picture celebrating the festival of Diwali.

You can see pictures of the majority of the exhibits in our Album called Celebration Exhibition 2015 which can be accessed from the Gallery link on the side menu.

Chesterfield Library Project
Four of the Derbyshire branches have been taking part in this project which is part of a larger project organised by Derbyshire County Council on the theme of  "Made in Derbyshire". We made one of the panels. The four completed panels are now hanging in Chesterfield Library.

Photograph: Marie triumphantly putting the final stitch in the hanging. Jenny is supporting the hanging.

National Day of Stitch - Saturday 1 August 2015 and our Fantastic Felt Fish

Felt fissh
We had a stall on Chesterfield Market. We displayed the felt fish that we had made previously and had prepared puffer fish kits. If someone started a fish on the market, they could take the fish home to complete.

Photograph: A typical Puffer Fish made by one of our members before the event.

Nicola Jarvis workshop - Saturday 11 July

Photographs: The kit for the Blue birds and a crewel work Blackbird in progress.

We were allowed to pick which bird we would like to embroiderer from Nicola's designs. All the birds were filled with William Morris designs. More ....

Hilary Bower workshop - 7 March 2015

Hilary Bower workshop
Hilary Bower workshop

Hilary Bower organised a workshop for us in March 2015. It was to be have been the first part of a series of two workshops  but the second was cancelled because of Hilary's health problems. You can find out more about this workshop here

The Decorated Christmas tree in the Parish Church - November 2014

Members made red, grey and silver stars to decorate out Christmas tree for the Festival Of Christmas Trees held in Chesterfield Parish Church (the "Crooked Spire") in November 2014.