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Telling our Story ~ a request for advice and/or memories

posted 18 Mar 2019, 13:11 by Erica Thomson

The Lincolnshire branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild is in its seventh decade with a healthily sized membership. As the years fly by we have accumulated a considerable photographic record of special events, meetings and workshops. We have several large binders of minutes and business papers and a rich seam of personal anecdotes and stories of individuals who have contributed to the founding and development of the Branch.

We want to try to record the story of the branch using all the different elements available to us: branch business papers and past programmes, photographs and special events, reminiscences of members. Has your branch tackled this challenge? Do you have experience of what works and what to avoid? 

Can you share with us your experience, advice, and more specifically memories of Lincolnshire Branch and our late chair of many years, Mildred Higgins.

Please contact Brenda Scarman ( or Carolyn Merry (  

Leah Stuart's Hungry Hector Embroidery Exhibition, Nuneaton 30th Mar-26th May

posted 17 Mar 2019, 01:38 by Erica Thomson

Leah is a member of NECTA (Nottinghamshire Branch).

Leah says -  "Having recently returned from a holiday in the Baltics, I realized most of my sketches and photographs were of what the Scandinavians might consider less significant "tourist" attractions.  I wondered what would happen if I returned to my home town of Nuneaton with the fresh eyes of a visitor.

I focused on the architectural details of the town's centre, how the people use it and where possible I incorporated it's history.  A lot of my work is a response to patterns that I notice around me; patterns of vertical and horizontal lines and colours.  I am also affected by events and situations which appeal to my sense of humour.

The medium I use is a mixture of acrylic paint, felting wool, fabric pen and crayon but predominantly sewing thread on cotton fabric."

VisuaL ISE

posted 25 Feb 2019, 09:00 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 25 Feb 2019, 09:07 ]

A Contemporary Stitched Art Textile Exhibition,  1st to 30th May 2019.
 Three Hares Gallery,  Cowper & Newton Museum, Market Place, Olney, Bucks  MK46 4AJ

This exhibition of textiles and mixed media work has been created by the ISE textile group of fifteen artists.  ISE (Inspiration for Stitch and Expression) was formed several years ago, by like-minded artists who enjoy creating diverse work with stitch as the common thread.

On display are abstract, realistic and figurative art and fashion accessories using a wide variety of media: wire, paper, fabric (new, distressed and recycled) and found objects: these are hand and machine stitched, or felted to create art inspired by both the natural world and the built environment. 

Summer School - 2019

posted 30 Jan 2019, 08:06 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 30 Jan 2019, 08:09 by Ann Pocklington ]

A reminder that places for Summer School, 2019 at our new venue:  The Olde Barn Hotel, Grantham, are booking up quickly, though places are still available.

Date - Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019

Contact - Marianne Young, Summer School organiser, East Midlands Region   01476 861534

West Bridgford Branch Workshop

posted 22 Jan 2019, 11:47 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 22 Jan 2019, 11:47 by Ann Pocklington ]

Maria Thomas workshop - Friday 15 February 10 - 4

~ This workshop will cover – how to use a pattern to create a half scale garment, layout and cutting pattern pieces from recycled and vintage fabrics, simple garment construction methods and explore surface decoration using appliqué and quilting techniques. 
~ The workshop will be held at Bradmore Methodist Church Hall.
~ Cost - £35
~ Contact Kath Owen

Leics. branch talk: The Embroidered Jupon of the Black Prince

posted 21 Jan 2019, 02:18 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 02:18 by Ann Pocklington ]

Ninya Mikhaila will be coming to the Leicestershire Branch on the 9th February 2019 to speak on the Embroidered Jupon of the Black Prince.  She is known as the Tudor Tailor from her series A Stitch in Time which was shown on BBC4 in January/February 2018.  I’m sure many of you enjoyed the series.  She has also written a book.  

Ninya also has a website:

Leicestershire meet at Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, off Braunstone Lane, Leicester, LE3 3FT
Visitor’s donation is £5.00.  For any queries, please ring 0116 2890206.

New Book: 'Threads of Life' by Clare Hunter

posted 12 Jan 2019, 09:56 by Deborah Phillpott   [ updated 12 Jan 2019, 09:56 by Ann Pocklington ]

Threads of Life – a book about why people sew

Clare Hunters book  'Threads of Life' is to be published by Sceptre of Hodder & Stoughton on 7th February and has been chosen as Radio 4’s Book of the Week that same month 4th - 8th February.

She says ‘Sewing is a way to mark our existence on cloth: patterning our place in the world, voicing our identity, sharing something of ourselves with others and leaving the indelible evidence of our presence in stitches held fast by our touch.’
and goes on to inform us that 'Threads of Life' takes us from the anonymous needlewomen of the Bayeux Tapestry to Mary, Queen of Scots’ politically messaged embroidery, from the therapeutic stitching of World War One’s shell-shocked soldiers to nineteenth century tailors whose pictorial patchwork campaigned for reform, from the grieving mothers in 1970s Argentina who sewed the names of their disappeared children onto headscarves to the subversive stitchery of feminists in 1980s America. The book tells us why people have sewed through time and across cultures to tell their stories and make their voices heard.

‘Threads of Life is a beautifully considered book that reminds us of how much sewing plays a crucial part in expressing the many facets of our lives. Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results.’ Tracey Chevalier

‘It seemed to me that we had lost sight of the potency of needlework, the tactile residue of its makers’ touch; the meaning of its symbolic patterns and motifs, its ability to conserve community traditions. I wanted to restore that knowledge, to remind readers of needlework’s emotional, social and textural qualities and, by doing so, revive an appreciation of its value.’ Clare Hunter

‘Threads of Life is a compelling and beautifully written account of how marginalised peoples throughout history have
used the language of sewing, embroidery and textiles to tell their neglected stories.’ The Bookseller, Nov. 2018

Daventry celebrates 21 years.

posted 23 Nov 2018, 03:08 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 23 Nov 2018, 03:48 by Ann Pocklington ]

on 20th March, 2019 at Daventry Methodist Church - 7.00 - 9.00pm
Admission Free including refreshments.
We extend a special welcome to friends and previous members. 
Bring along your embroidery memories or enjoy the mini taster stitching workshops.
RSVP to Anne Cook - 07979 296031 or

VISUALise - Inspiration for Stitch and Expression

posted 18 Oct 2018, 03:04 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 18 Oct 2018, 03:04 by Ann Pocklington ]

Exhibition of textiles and mixed media work created by ISE textile group of 15 artists who enjoy creating artwork with stitch as the common thread.

Welford Village Hall, West Street, Welford, Northampton NN6 6HU

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, 2018

10am - 5pm - daily

Admission free

Thank You!

posted 1 Oct 2018, 14:13 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 14:13 by Ann Pocklington ]

Liz Welch Masks
A huge thank you to those members who attended the Regional AGM and bought some of the treasures I brought from Liz Welch's stash. Nearly £200 was raised to add to the £1000+ from Regional Day. The total from craft supplies etc is now £2800, so far. 
All monies have been donated to Breast Cancer Now.

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