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, Smocking, Study.  Details of all groups are below.

Note that COVID-19 restrictions apply to all meetings.  For details, see the When and Where we Meet page.

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 2021: 6 February; 6 March; 3 April; 1 May; 5 June; 3 Jul; 7 August; 4 September; 2 October; 6 November; 4 December

Hardanger Social Group

Second Saturday of the month, 1.30 – 4.00 p.m. New members are always welcome.

Hardanger is a traditional Norwegian counted thread embroidery and it can be seen on the Norwegian National Costume. We are a group of 8 to 12 members who enjoy this beautiful embroidery and meet each month at the Guild rooms. Although we are not a teaching group we are willing to help any member new to this type of embroidery. Each year we also make items for the exhibition gift shop.

Meeting dates for 2021: 13 February, 13 March, 10 April, 8 May, 12 June, 10 July, 14  August, 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, 11 December

Fibre & Yarn Group

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

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 repertoire then come along and join the  fun and activities.

Meeting dates for 2021: 26 January (?), 23 February, 23 March, 27 April, 25 May, 22 June, 27 July, 24 August, 28 September, 26 October, 23 November

Smocking Group

First Saturday of the month, 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).

Meeting dates for 2021: 6 February; 6 March; 3 April; 1 May; 5 June; 3 Jul; 7 August; 4 September; 2 October; 6 November; 4 December

Study Groups

These groups are 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.

Daytime Study Group. Meetings have been suspended

Evening Study Group. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 6.30 – 9.30 p.m.

Meeting dates for 2021: 26 January?; 9 & 23 February; 9 & 23 March; 13 & 27 April; 11 & 25 May; 8 & 22 June; 13 & 27 Jul; 10 & 24 August; 14 & 28 September; 12 & 26 October; 9 & 23 November; 7 December

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