Derby Embroidery and Textiles Group

Fantastic news we have 80 members

We are a group of enthusiastic stitchers with varying experience who aim to have fun and to support and encourage each other in exploring stitches and textiles. We are open to both young and old, 8 years to 80+.

Our members enjoy a huge variety of textile activities, including Cross stitch, Kits and both traditional and modern embroidery techniques. Members work with all sorts of materials from metal to silk and all sorts of threads from Crochet to Crewel ( and everything in between) Some of us enjoy using Kits from embroidery suppliers and some of us create individual pieces in 2D and even 3D. Everyone with a needle is welcome.

Industrial Derby

The work above was created by our Group in 2017 and now can be seen hanging in the Derby Museum of Making. (see the map below)

We are Meeting Face to Face and Zooming to hear our speaker in the morning !


in the afternoon for a workshop


We are please to announce that we have a full Programme booked through to May 2023

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St Marys Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby DE1 3AX

Click here for a Google Map showing St Mary's Church Hall Derby

Saturday 9th July 2022

Doors open at 10.30am

Gilli Theokritoff

A Quilter and maker of modern and contemporary quilts with a love

of bold colours. A member of Living threads.

1.45 pm Afternoon Workshop

Gill will deliver a workshop on Hitomezash, which is a form of Japanese Sashiko stitching, but with colour and weaving to produce a lovely cloth. We will make a few small samples.

Here is an example of Hitomezashi


We have an exciting future as an independent stitch group. Please click here to see the latest news and details


The Winner of the Hospital Heroes (Chair's Challenge 2020) Julie Tanner

Click here to see the other entries on our Competitions page

We enjoy working together on projects and have hosted a number of successful exhibitions. You can see the Celebrating the Industrial Heritage of Derbyshire one below which was displayed at our local hospital for over a year and will eventually find a permanent home in our local museum when it reopens.

Currently we are working on a number of exciting projects ranging from a simple exploration of a single stitche to large displays for the hospital to celebrate our 'Hospital Heroes'.

Project Florrie / Hospital Heroes (Chairs Challenge)

This years chairs challenge was entitled Hospital Heroes. The entries will be exhibited in the Royal Derby Hospital.

The hand in date was the end of January for the Chairs competition but many members are still working on pieces that will be exhibited at the hospital later in the year. Choosing a winner was incredibly difficult because the standard was so high and the entries were so very diverse. The talents and expertise demonstrated in all the entries is amazing. My thanks to everyone who send a piece for the challenge. The winner was taken from real life. A cleaner working in the hospital keeping everyone safe from the virus with his mop and cloths. The portrait had so much character and demonstrates the point that heroes in our hospitals are working in many diverse and critical roles to keep us all safe. Many thanks to Julie for creating the beautiful piece above.

Other Current Projects



Twinchies (Stitch Along for 2021

Spring is Sprung


Please click here to go to our Branch Projects page

This Month's message from our Chair, Eve


I do hope that everybody had a really wonderful Christmas. I think we all deserve that after having such a challenging year.

Now we have the New Year and all it brings to look forward to. Our stitch group is growing and we now have 77 members, only a few more to go before we reach 80. That’s an amazing achievement for a new group and is a testament to the fantastic welcome our loyal members give to new people who visit us.

Our membership growth is good news because we have lots to get busy with in the next year.

We have planned exhibitions at Calke and Uttoxeter as well as a stall at the Derbyshire show in August.

In addition to that we have been asked by Air Arts to create new works for the corridors of the Royal Derby Hospital for both the spring and the autumn.

The committee and I are so grateful to members for your amazing support and for joining in with all the projects. The embroidery and textile works that you create to show and share with the public bring happiness and joy into the world. People love to see the work - they thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition we had at Allestree and many of them decided that they would have a go themselves when they got home.

Some people may join our stitch group, or other stitch groups, but some will simply just pick up a needle and have a go on their own and all of it is good.

We all know that research shows stitching is good for us. The pleasure it gives helps to enrich lives, calm down our nerves and make us happier all round. It can even be meditative as the rhythms relax our minds. I think this year it has been especially important to find ways to relax and enjoy life whilst we have been in the midst of a pandemic.

Hopefully next year we will be able to meet up more in the hall. Stitching is important but so is fellowship and sharing stories, tea and cake

So, Happy New Year to everyone- let’s make it brilliant.

The Committee

Chair: Eve Cook

Secretary: Angela Matthews

Treasurer: Sandra James

Currently the Committee are meeting via Zoom

if you are a member and want to join us please email

and our Chairwomen, Eve will get back to you.

Click here to find out more about Our Committee

Emerging as the Derby Embroidery and Textiles Group.

To celebrate our 'new beginning' we have a new branch project. Click here to go to the Emerging Projects page.


Now our Friendship circles are almost complete we have two new individual branch projects for members to enjoy alongside the larger Hospital Heroes and Thank you Medals projects (click the name above to view).

The first of these new projects, "Spring is Sprung" is a short project for the Spring season where members are making 3D flowers to display in their windows.

We are also running a monthly stitch along " Take one Stitch (or more commonly known as Twinchies where we explore one set stitch a month on a 2 inch square of fabric. This latter project will last a year and will enable members of all abilities to practice stitches in their own style whilst sharing expertise and ideas with other members.

More information on these and our other projects can be found on our Projects Pages. We will post our work on this page each month for you to enjoy.

Pictured below are some images of what we've been making this month. To View members work prior to April 2021 please click here to go to our Gallery.

Dee embroidered this Kingfisher for her brother in law's birthday card.

Dee: Kingfisher

Mary has made these beautiful mandala cards These designs were taken from the book 'Mandalas to Embroider', Mary has put her own 'spin' on the design.

Mary: Cards

Pat has been inspired by Anne’s “Sew4Soul” projects

Pat: Sew for Soul

Alison attended The Coral Reef and ‘Thank you’, workshops run by Zara Day. you can find out more about the workshops by clicking here to contact Zara.

Alison: Thank You and Coral Wreath

Jenny R was inspired by a carving in Italy, Colin the Rooster and the pictures in the book Crewel

Birds by Helen Blomkamp to create 'Dennis the Duck'. You can access this book by clicking here

Jenny R: Dennis the Duck

To View members work prior to April 2021 please click here to go to our Gallery.

Friendship Circles

Over the past 6 months we have individually made friendship circles. Later on these circles will be interlinked and will represent our friendship and support for each other during this period when we can't physically meet up.

To see some of our circles please click here.

To View members work prior to April 2021 please click here to go to our Gallery.