Special Interest groups

Thumbnail to decorate pageSpecial stitch and fibre groups meet monthly. They are organised by and for members who are passionate about a special interest – Creative, Hardanger, Fibre & Yarn, Study. A new group for Smocking is being considered. Details of all groups are below.

Potential new group: Smocking Group

Proposed meeting time: First Saturday of the month starting 7 October 2017, 1.00 – 4.00 pm

The Smocking Group is to provide support for those wanting to learn how to smock or to rediscover smocking. Guidance and assistance will be provided to those who need it for assembling their creations into garments. We will also do technique sessions by doing samplers and smaller projects. Most importantly we want you to enjoy this form of embroidery through doing the types of work that you want to do. Many of us have been re-inspired by the beautiful dresses worn by Charlotte (of the royal family).

Creative Group

First Saturday of the month, 10.00 am – 2pm-ish.

This energetic, enthusiastic group loves to experiment with new techniques in stitch, sewing, card making, dyeing and anything fibre. Design your own work, slash, rip, do subversive or freestyle stitching, burn, embellish, splash colour and have masses of fun manipulating thread, fabric and fibre.

Meeting dates for 2017: 4 February; 4 March; 1 April; 6 May; 3 June; 1 Jul; 5 August; 2 September; 7 October; 4 November; 2 December.

Hardanger Group

Second Saturday of the month, 1.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Meeting dates for 2017: 11 February, 11 March, 8 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14 October, 11 November, 9 December

This lively, dedicated group just love doing Hardanger and pulled thread embroidery. If you’re interested in this Norwegian style of embroidery come along and join in the fun and banter.

Fibre & Yarn Group.

Fourth Tuesday evening of the month, 6.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

Meeting dates for 2017: 24 January, 28 February, 28 March, 23 May, 27 June, 25 July, 22 August, 26 September, 24 October, 28 November

Many crafty embroiderers enjoy playing with yarn nearly as much as threads not to mention doing really interesting yarning embellishments for their stitching. So if you like to knit, crochet, tat, weave and generally work with yarn or you would really like to add these techniques to your crafting repetoire then come along and join the  fun and activities.

Study Group

First Monday of the month, following the Morning Meeting but with no fixed starting and finishing times. No meetings on Public Holidays

Meeting dates for 2017:  6 March; 3 April; 1 May; 5 June; 3 Jul; 7 August; 4 September; 6 November; 4 December.

Second Tuesday of the month, 6.30 – 9.30pm

Meeting dates for 2017: 7 February; 14 March; 11 April; 9 May; 13 June; 11 Jul; 8 August; 12 September; 10 October; 14 November; 12 December.

This group is for members who are undertaking embroidery studies, including those taking courses with other guilds. Participants can work on their own projects with support and encouragement from one another.