"Layers of Stitch" - EGG


Tuesday, 5th December, 2017, 10am – 3pm,

Tennis Club, Grantham.

 Annette Cooke will be showing us how to make these little Angels   bring along any little scraps of interesting fabric, ribbon and threads!

We are having an optional Christmas Bauble Swap again this year.  If you want to take part please bring a wrapped bauble, either bought (max value £5) or handmade to the meeting in December.

Travelling Books

From our Travelling Books.

We are the Region's newest Branch and 
are officially called
 "Layers of Stitch" - EGG  (Embroiderers' Guild Grantham)

We have our own blog where you can read all about what we've been up to.

Updated every month. it is a good way of keeping in touch with LOS EGG, even if you cannot get to the meetings.

Have a look at the "Travelling Books"photos, they are an impressive record of the amount of varied work being produced by members. 



  Layers of Stitch, Embroiderers Guild Grantham - Programme

2017  MEETINGS -  Held on the first Tuesday each month 10am - 3pm, Grantham Tennis Club, Old Clubhouse, Gonerby Road, Grantham, NG31 8HU

Tuesday 5th December   Angel mini workshop, Members’                                         own work and Bauble Swap, hand                                       made or bought, to value of £5.

 2018 Programme Layers of Stitch

Embroiderers Guild Grantham, Grantham Tennis Club, Old Club House, NG31 8HU


Meetings are held from 10-00 am to 3-00 pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

January 2nd Members’ stitching day

February 6th Eve Marshall, Artisan Felter - mini workshop an introduction to felt-making to produce Wet Felted Flowers.

March 6th Members’ stitching day.

April 3rd Members’ mini workshop.

May 1st Jess Grady-‘Embracing the Unconventional’ my textile journey. Jess was selected as emerging artist for the North Yorkshire Open Studios 2017. She was also highlighted in the Stitch Magazine.

June 5th Heather Wright –mini workshop making Silk Corsages designed to use scraps of antique, vintage and precious fabrics.

July 3rd Pam Keeling a slide talk presentation, The Guilds’ Collection.

August 7th Members’ stitching day

September 4th AGM and Mary Sleigh joins us to present her illustrated talk: ‘An Embroiderer’s Journey’.

October 2nd Marian Jackson demonstrates her use of Sweetie Papers as used in her winning competition picture.

November 6th Helen Phillips returns to present another fascinating talk: ‘Yak Butter Tea and a Parcel of Shocks’.

December 4th Mini Christmas workshop.

Bus trip to Grimsby is likely to be in early July; date to be confirmed.


February 13th  Emily Notman will teach us how to manipulate and dye our fabrics, panel construction and cotemporary hand stitch or machine stitch or a combination of both. Emily uses inks and bleach to produce soft pastel colours and prints using everyday objects as well as wrapping, trapping and binding fabric to produce subtle, unusual surfaces.

March 20th  Gilli Theokritoff   creating  a small picture in Kantha stitch. We will be using a simple running stitch to give a dynamic effect, which is easy and fun to do. There will be plenty of opportunity for variation and experimentation.

April 10th Jan Dowson Vintage Memories in Cloth. The aim of the workshop is to begin a journey… a personal journey, pulling together a range of materials and ephemera that are going to be assembled and stitched to produce a wonderful cloth. A cloth that will feel rich to hold & touch, and fill you with warm memories…….The workshop will enable you to begin the process and understand the technique of ‘slow stitch’

June 12th Viv Arthur is visiting us again from Art Van Go. During the day we will have an introduction to basic material used in surface embellishment, concentrating on the most versatile mediums that can be adapted for many surfaces including fabric.

September 18th Angie Hughes is going to teach us about Exploring Velvet, her interesting effects are achieved with dyes, inks and bleaching together with luminaire paint and transfer foils. Angie will also talk about free machine embroidery techniques and embellishment on velvet.  

Please contact me if you have any queries 07890 730308 or margie.beattie@gmail.com


Nicola Jarvis – Crewel Work.          

Work in Progress from the day


"Layers of Stitch" - EGG ‎(Embroiderers' Guild Grantham)‎


Our Banner - first Branch Project.

BRANCH LIBRARYDo not forget we have a new Librarian; Carole Wright has kindly agreed  to run the Library of excellent, inspiring books, these are for any member to borrow for a fee of 50p. Carole has updated the list, which will be sent to members by email, every month – please contact Carole to reserve a book, to pick up at the following meeting. wrightc2011@hotmail.co.uk  01778 590255

Layers of Stitch, Embroiderers Guild Grantham


Gonerby Road, Grantham, NG31 8HU 

Chair:  Annette Cooke - 

Secretary: Sue Cork suecork8@hotmail.co.uk

Treasurer: Jenny Fay 

To the Members and Friends of Layers of Stitch

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all as your new Chairman, most of you already know me as I have been a member of Grantham Embroiderers Guild since its founding back in 2014. I have been a member of the committee ever since with no intentions of ever being Chairman.

We have been very fortunate in having a very good hard working Chairman for the past 3 years and we all fully understand Kate stepping down, she has done a marvellous job and deserves a rest. I know I will have her support as I venture in my new role. I know in my early stages I will be turning to her for some support.

The day came and well there was a need for a new Chairman. It was suggested that I Stand and was promised the support of all the committee . So to cut it short here I am.

For those of you who don't know me, I am Annette Cooke. I have lived in Grantham since September 2006 with my Husband . Before coming to Grantham area I spent a big percentage of my life living in and around Norwich in Norfolk ,and before coming to Grantham I lived and worked in Switzerland for 18 months holding workshops and taught oil painting on Canvas. It was very interesting time. I carried on teaching on returning to England , but eventually called it a day.

I love being creative with whatever materials I can get my hands on, but in the last 4 or so years it has mostly been in threads and fabrics. Since being a member of Layers of Stitch I have gained so much more knowledge from those who have kindly past on to the members their wealth of creativity and Talent. We are a very lucky to have such a talented group .

It has been brought to my attention that a big percentage of us as members don't wear name badges, myself being one of the guilty ones. It would be nice if we could all wear our names and including me , it would really help me to get to know who is who and can recognise you all by name as well as by face. Please feel free to come an say hello in the meetings because I would like to get to know you all. I will be open to any ideas and thoughts to add to the success of our group. 

You are the members and this group is yours, those on the committee are there to help make things happen so please come and tell us your thoughts.

I am looking forward to being your Chairman for 2017/18 and May it be a memorable one for all.

Regards     Annette Cooke, Chairman   

 Nicola Jarvis Workshop October 2017