Special Interest groups

Baby and Bride Christening Gown detailSpecial 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, Drop in Centre.  Details of all groups are below.

Creative Group

First Saturday of the month, 10.00 am – 1pm.

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 2024: 3 February (stitching with threads we no do not normally use); 2 March (stitching on non-traditional surfaces); 6 April (using found objects such as shells, bottle tops, hardware); 1 June (painted Vliesofix); 6 July (upcycling a stamped cross stitch from the recycle table); 3 August (Dorsett buttons); 7 September (Bound books); 5 October (making something you have created in Creative Group into a Christmas Gift); 2 November (random threads and stitches); 7 December (lunch and secret santa)

Needlelace Group

Second Saturday of the month, 9.30 – 12.30 p.m. New members are always welcome.

A chance to explore all forms of needlelace. Bring your own needlelace project or be inspired by our many books in our library collection and share lace that you have made or bought.

Meeting dates for 2024: 13 July, 10 August, 12 October, 9 November

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 small group 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.

Meeting dates for 2024: 10 February, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 August, 12 October, 9 November

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 2024: 23 January, 27 February, 26 March, 23 April, 28 May, 25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 26 November

Drop in Centre

First Monday of the month, 12 noon – 2pm

This is a chance to drop in and get some help that you need for a specific task. For example, have you always wanted to learn a new technique, have something in your stash that you aren’t sure how to use, stuck on a project, can’t find materials for your project, want to explore online learning, or delve into a topic in more depth.

Just come along with your question/ issue and we will work it out together.

Meeting dates for 2024: 5 February; 4 March; 1 April; 6 May; 3 June; 1 July; 5 August; 9 September; 7 October; 4 November; 2 December

Smocking Group

Meetings currently on hold while we search for a new convenor.

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).

Evening Study Group

Meetings currently on hold while we search for a new convenor.

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.

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