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Current Programme 2020-21

Although we can't meet up in the flesh during this period we have risen to the challenge to support our members and to continue stitching activities. 

Branch meetings 

Our Branch Meetings are currently taking place  on the second Saturday of the month at 10.30, by Zoom.  If you want to join or visit please email Eve via
14 November 

PAM KEELING will be running a Zoom Stitch Workshop.

Instructions and materials will be sent at a later date. (Pam says that you will have all you will

need to join this workshop without needing to go shopping!)

12 December. 

RUTH SINGER will be giving a Zoom talk on “Hidden Histories”

This talk will delve into the background to Ruth’s professional practice and explore her

work over the last 5 years including a number of solo exhibitions. Ruth will share the stories behind projects, artist residencies, museum research, personal and emotional experiences which shape the work she creates.

Ruth Singer is an artist-maker with a background working in the museum sector. She is fascinated

by material culture, history and the power of objects in human lives. Her work aims to explore and

illuminate human experience, our understanding of heritage and the traces and stories we leave

behind. Her work has a distinctive feel of preciousness and delicacy of touch created by the

combination of hand stitch, fragile fabrics and emotive subject matter. She produces exhibitions,

community projects and books and works as a consultant and mentor.

For information on Ruth and images of her work please go to:

January 9th 
KAREN NICOL. ‘24/7 Stitch.’

Karen is a London based mixed media and embroidery based textile
designer/artist working in fashion, interiors and gallery.
This talk will be about embroidery as a profession, the amazing breadth
and diversity of our fantastic medium and the magic of her ancient Irish
embroidery machine.

JENNIFER COLLIER.  ‘The Art of Paper and Stitch.’

Paper pioneer Jennifer creates exquisite sculptures from vintage
recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on
traditional textiles. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers
are transformed into something unique ,delicate and complex.

March 13th
ANN BROOKES.  'From sketch book to stitch’

Anne is a textile artist and tutor based in Brighouse West Yorkshire who creates mixed media pieces focused around her love for paper and drawing with a needle and thread.  Her inspiration comes from a passion for collecting nature’s treasures .She collect’s, draws and photographs the treasures that become an illustration of her textile wanderings.

April 10th

JESSICA GRADY.   'Journey into the unconventional'    

A talk discussing her textiles career in both art textiles and commercial print and embroidery design. Alongside her contemporary methods of creating embellishments using recycled and waste materials.

Her textiles showcase meticulous hand stitching and intricate detailing and are a visual feast, saturating the senses with colour and pattern. This juxtaposition of unusual media with traditional techniques creates a curiosity in her work.

May 8th 
JENNY O'LEARY.  ‘Landscape, batik and lockdown.’

Jenny O’Leary is an artist and tutor living in Shropshire. Her specialism is batik - hot wax resist, which she uses on tissue paper, and occasionally on cloth and paper too. Her inspiration comes from her local landscape, and this has been particularly true during lockdown when she has produced many pieces of work and sketchbooks to record her daily walks and occasional drives out in the local area. Jenny uses other forms of resist in her work and also uses stitch to add an extra drawn element to her work.

Future Meetings
The details for the following meetings are still in the planning stage have yet to be confirmed. We will publish any changes and further details as soon as they become available.

July 10th Emily Notman.

Stitch Friday

Whilst we can't meet for our usual  Stitch Friday we are running Stitch Thursdays on Zoom where we can get together and chat with fellow stitchers.  These meetings will be held once a month on the following dates and will resume after the New Year Break.

24th September at 2:00 
22nd October at 2:00
26th November at 2:00. 

Although this is for members of our Guild you are welcome to visit initially to see if is for you. Please email Eve if you are interested via



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