Sunday, 29 March 2020

Travelling Journal update

I've finished the cover for my travelling journal and thought I'd share it with you. I've also made a bag for it to travel in. I've made it quite a bit bigger than the journal as they tend to expand quite a bit when everyone starts to add their stitched pieces.

I have some left over pieces which I think I will make into my first piece of work to go into the journal.
Another project I might try is to experiment with different embroidery stitches that I have never tried before and revisit some that I struggled with.
What are you doing with all this indoor time?
Happy stitching everyone. Keep safe and well.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Felt workshop

 Last month we had a felt workshop with Bridget Bernadette Karn. This is Lorna's finished flower - fabulous, love the textured centre.

 Hopefully other members will send me work to post on the blog!

Friday, 20 March 2020


As there will be no meetings to report on for some time I thought I would share a project that I am working on at the moment. I hope to take part in the travelling books when we get back together so I thought I would prepare my book cover and maybe a piece to go into it.
I did a fabulous printing course with Kate Andre at Summer School last year and decided to use a piece of “breakdown” printing for my book cover. As you can see I’ve started to stitch into it.
I will keep you updated with my efforts.
We are actually lucky to have our stitching to keep us occupied. If anyone else would like to share what they are getting up to during these difficult times please email them to me and I will upload them onto the blog.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Felted flowers

Wow! What a fantastic workshop we had at the end of February. Entitled ‘Painting with Wool’ the tutor was Bridget Bernadette Karn. In six hours we all produced a picture of a flower. The design was created first and then the whole work was wet felted. It was a full on six hours but at the end some amazing pictures were produced. Bridget was really patient and helpful. Altogether it was an enjoyable and inspiring day.

Making prefelt

Flower after wet felting

Bridget demonstrating how to add detail using needle felting

More needle felting
Flower after wet felting
Finished flower after lots of needle felting

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Painting with Wool!

Our speaker this month was Bridget Bernadette Karn who gave us an inspiring and fascinating talk about felting processes and how to use felting to make a picture. She was so enthusiastic and her work was amazing.
Images with permission from Bridget Bernadette Karn

 To see more of her beautiful work visit her website at -

At the end of this month she is running a workshop for us which we are all really looking forward to. Watch out for pictures of our efforts

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Casalguidi and so much more!

Our speaker this month was Wyn Ingham with a talk entitled Casalguidi and Lace from 5th Century to present day. She brought a huge selection of beautiful handmade lace which we were allowed to hold and examine closely. Her wonderful relaxed “Victoria Wood” style kept us enthralled throughout. We not only learnt a lot about lace but also stories of her mother’s remarkable life and some titillating historical facts!

 Next month we will be learning how to paint with wool with both a talk and a workshop by Bridget Bernadette Karn.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Christmas Lunch

In December we had a fantastic Christmas lunch at Ascot House.

As usual there was a Christmas challenge. This year the challenge was to make a scissor case. All the entries were fabulous and it was very difficult to choose a winner. However the winner was (drumroll)  Carole Pritchard with a beautifully embroidered case.

 There was also a tombola. Everyone brought a wrapped bottle which were numbered. Then everyone was given a number and claimed that bottle.
 A really enjoyable afternoon.

In January Wyn Ingham will be talking to us about Casalguidi and lace from the5th century to present day.