This gentleman was created from silk paints by Heather who was inspired following a discussion about how our pets bring us closer to like minded folk.


Maureen ran a session on Sashiko and it inspired Tricia who made some drawstring bags.

Tricia: Drawstring Bags

Continuing with the topic of Sashiko Janet told us that One of her prized possessions is this Sashiko cushion which she won at an East Midlands Regional Day raffle some years ago.

Janet's prized Sashiko cushion

Heather also completed her ‘calendar quilt’. She bought the EPP, (English Paper Piecing) monthly from ‘Sew and Quilt’ and sewed a strip a month.

Mary worked on this Mandala over Christmas from the book “Mandalas to Embroider” by Carina Envoldsen-Harris, which includes large and small iron on patterns. The book is published by Search Press, click HERE for the link.

Mary: Mandala

Hilary has created this fabulous piece below for a friendship cushion.

Hilary: Piece for a Friendship Cushion.

Vicky created a needle-case from machine made leaves.

Vicky: Needle-case

Barbara created this bowl using free motion embroidery.

Barbara: Seaside

Here is another Christmas decoration from Pam. Pam says that her Angel was started many years ago from a Kit dated1999. She is worked on an Evenweave Linen, with No 12 Perle and mainly a Hardanger Technique.

The Kit is one of the 1999 Collections of Angel of Dreams by Ruth Hanke. Kits by Ruth can be found on her web page: The Christmas Tree at the back is one of Pam's own designs,

Pam: Christmas Angel

Members Challenge 2020

Jennie Riley won the Challenge this year, pictured below.

Jennie R: Pelargonium

Jennie says

"The 2020 Challenge title was My Favourite Things so for me the obvious subject was Pelargonium. I love their vibrant colour and interesting leaves, often sketching and sewing them and with this panel was flattered to be a prizewinner. My methods are very straightforward simply building up colour with multiple layers of sheer appliqué followed by free machine embroidery".

Pam made Christmas tree decorations tor her niece, as Christmas presents this year. This is one of a pair.

Pam: Christmas Tree Decoration

Alison and Dee completed online courses with Zara Day.

If you are interested in courses run by Zara please email Zara at or phone +44 (0) 7717 371668

Alison created this landscape of a walk she did on the Edges above Curbar.

Alison: Landscape redefined

Dee learnt about mixing watercolours with embroidery on one of the courses and later produced this birthday card for her daughter in law.

Dee: Birthday Penguin


Vivienne made these Poppies from Zeelon to raise money for the British Legion.

Poppies: Vivienne

Margery discovered a new use for Pam’s Yorkshire buttons.

by increasing the size of the template to 10 cm and the number of notches to 16 and used a fine cotton wool.

They make great looking cacti pincushions!!

Margery: Pincushions using Yorkshire Buttons

Hospital Heroes Exhibition: Eve's Addition

Eve has been inspired to create additional images of a bouquet of flowers as a way of showing our appreciation for NHS workers and is considering the use of appliqué, felt, cross stitch, patchwork, machine embroidery or hand stitch to create an additional A4 piece for the exhibition. For more information about the Exhibition please click our Branch Projects page.

Dress Making

Pat made this simple dress using hand dyed sand washed crepe de chine silk.

Pat told us that she really liked the pattern which can be made with short sleeves or long sleeves or as a top. The pattern is called “The Raglan” from a small company called The Avid Seamstress and can be found on this website by clicking here.

Pam ran a session at our branch meeting on Yorkshire buttons and Julie made these from space dyed threads.

Julie: Yorkshire Buttons

Elizabeth made this wreath with her granddaughter.


Elsie made these cushions from handwoven tweed.


Results following Online Courses

Some of our members attended the on-line courses run by Zara Day with the following results.

For information on Zara’s online courses please click here

View from Gairloch: De

To find out more about the project, and see the ebook, (particularly page 47), and the podcast please click here

Glass Vase cover: Alison

Eve Japanese themed cushions

Shenstone by Rebekah

Mo and Rebekah took part in a project "Textiles in Lockdown" which focused on researching and sharing textile practice during the pandemic lockdown. This was commissioned by the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and led by the textile artist Ruth Singer. Both Mo and Rebekah's pieces featured in the e-book by Ruth.


Christmas Decorations

Jenny found some Christmas wreaths that she made many years ago in an Adult Education Class at St Helen's House

Christmas Wreath: JENNY

Elf Houses

Elizabeth spent half term creating things with her grandchildren, including these elf house from self drying clay.

Elf Houses: Elizabeth

Eve designed and made this tent

Eve's Tent

Book covers

Julia made these book covers as part of course she did some time ago, using saved selvedges of fabric.

Bookcovers: Julia

Heather created a Christmas Quilt from a design by Andrea Walpole.

You can see Andrea's work on her webpage by clicking here

Here's the Link Blog and Facebook page

You can buy Andrea's patterns here


Heather was inspired by an exhibition of 'self portraits to create this Vangough style portrait based on her granddaughter.

Portrait: Heather

Elizabeth has been working on Colin the Rooster

Design from Hazel Blomkamp’s book “Crewel Birds” and sold as a kit

'Poppy a Truly Fanciful Bird'

Carol was inspired to stitch the bird below, designed by Hazel Blomkamp. The pattern for ‘Poppy’ is from Inspirations issue #107 by Hazel Blomkamp and you can access it by clicking here.F or more about Hazel click here to go to her website.

Poppy: Carol

Jane H won a yellow raffle bag over a year ago and turned the contents into a Patio Heater Cover seen here.

Christmas Framing

Here's one of the pictures Heather framed; This is one of a trio of pictures she stitched just after last Christmas,

Stitched and framed by Heather

Pictured below is Barbara's first attempt at eco printing-using Autumn leaves and some flowers from her garden.

Stash Quilt

Ann made this quilt from her 'stash'


Anita produced these helping hands as part of our Hospital Heroes Project.

Here is a more unusual placement of a Yorkshire Button named Brillo by Jane, much to the amusement of the rest of her family!

Brillo: Jane

Yorkshire Buttons

Our Monthly Guild meeting was well attended this month and Pam taught us how to make Yorkshire Buttons. You can see the results below.

Yorkshire Buttons: Janet

Mo has been on a 6 week course on machine embroidery and has made some Christmas bunting. The course is run by Poppy Treffry from the 'Embroidery Club'.

You can find out more about Poppy and some of her courses by clicking here.

Christmas Bunting: Mo

Wild Layers

Mo went to a workshop with Vinny Stapley called Wild Layers through the Stitch Club, which you can find by clicking this Link

In this piece Mo used old bits of net curtains, some old sheeting and some chiffon type material, as well as a bit of muslin. The idea was to work with layers of finer more see through material.

Wild Layers: Mo

Felt Christmas Tree Decorations

Carol made these Christmas Trees out of felt, bits of lace and sequins and beads. They're filled with dried lavender from the garden. Carol explained that if several “flat” ones were made and threaded with ribbon through the loops the trees could be made into a banner to hang at Christmas.

Christmas Tree Decorations: Carol

Many of our members are busy making Christmas Cards

Christmas Card: Jennie

Beverley visited the Cathy Reavy's 'thread workshops' website and learnt a new technique to produce some Mountmellick Whitework.

Cathy is running another Mountmellick workshop on Saturday 13th March at Alstonefield Memorial Hall.

Alternatively you can buy a kit with online tutorial now.

To find out more about the Mountmellick workshop click

here Further information about Threads Workshops can be found here

An update on Collin

Elizabeth has been learning how to fill an area with raised chain stitch using two strands of stranded cotton. She noted that this stitch is often shown as a straight stitch in stitch directories but that it is a very effective filling stitch too.

Collin: Elizabeth