Dilys and Dickens

Thought I’d share with you (with permission) this lovely picture of Dilys with a Dickens panel she has completed.



July – Summer Social Meeting

It was lovely to see so many at our Summer Social meeting today.  The Bring and Buy was a great success, many members off loaded “stuff” from their stashes and others bought.

Lesley Jones’ cakes were delicious.

It was great to see progress being made on the Sheringham Seascape that Lisa brought to the meeting.  She welcomes any one up at the museum but it might be worth contacting her before if you plan to go up to stitch as space around the embroidery is obviously limited.

Bookings are flooding in for the September and October workshops.  Details and booking forms can be found here.  There are spaces, but don’t delay applying too long if you are keen to attend.

The Mary Lovewell Blake challenge is announced – Luggage Labels – details here



July Notices:

Click here to view

Clicks & Pics relating to notices:

2019-20 programme card

Wymondham Flyer

Competition for Regional Day 2020 – The World is Your Oyster




We shall be sending out renewal forms, gift aid forms and GDPR forms along with the new programme very shortly.  Printed cards should be available for you to pick up at the September meeting, but don’t forget to listen out for additions as the months go by, or you will be able to pick up details here or in my newsletters.

I now wish you all a Happy Summer and look forwards to seeing you in September…

best wishes



3.8.19 –

Just received these:

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June 2019

I was delighted to welcome Jean Wright to our meeting.  The illustrated talk she gave on the history of Gold Work certainly lived up to its name.  Clearly Jean had researched her subject thoroughly and conveyed to all of us at the meeting her enthusiasm for all that is glittery.  She also brought some of her work, gold work with a contemporary twist, lots of ideas and inspiration for us all.


More pictures can be viewed on our facebook page.  Do have a look.

Sue Leonard is taking the workshop tomorrow.  Please bring your pieces to the Summer Social in July for us to admire.

Notices can be downloaded here






Wymondham Flyer

Helen Stevens
Work by Helen Steven’s (copyrighted) who is the Peterborough branch speaker mentioned in “Notices”

Visit Helen’s website here



Regional Competition 2020

“The World is Your Oyster”

Entry details here

News from Waveney Branch


This year Waveney Branch is celebrating its 20th anniversary. We kick off at our June Meeting on Wednesday 19th June at the Quaker hall in Beccles from 10am to noon with a ‘Stitch with cake’ social to which any of your members are invited. There will be an entrance fee for members of the Guild of £1.50 and £3.00 for non Guild visitors.

We will have a celebration cake to have with our tea/coffee. On show will be examples of our members work,our banners, travelling books, celebration work books members have been working on since January and also exhibits from our archives to bring back memories.

Bring your sewing kit and something to stitch and enjoy a friendly get together.

Also during July and August we are having a “ TRAIL OF  THREADS “ through Beccles. Various shops will be displaying a piece of work done by our members, culminating in a display in Beccles Library. Do come and have a look and enjoy what Beccles has to offer. Information and maps will be available in Beccles library.

We look forward to seeing you

Jenny Bosanko

Joint Chairman

May 2019

We had a wonderful talk from Ros Wilson entitled “World Textiles”, she took us on a whirl wind tour of the globe, visiting each area with a fantastic collection of textiles.

Her workshop on Saturday was brilliant, I attach a few pictures if happy spindlers:


Mentioning workshops – can I remind you of Sue Leonard’s workshop in June.  If you’ve not had a chance to sample Goldwork this is your opportunity.  Bookings have been opened to other branches and non members now so if you have friends or family who would like to give Goldwork a go do invite them to join us.  Pictures below…





Last month I went up to Sheringham with Sue and Dilys to learn more about the Sheringham Seascape.  It’s a huge project that Lisa has set up and she’d love to see as many volunteers as possible.  Details in “notices” – link below.

Please access May notices here:  Notices May

In addition I can post 3 other events:


In Stitches Exhibition at Blickling

Fibre Fusion Exhibition at Snape


April 2019

Just to remind you all that there is no meeting this month.

I still feel that a newsletter is in order, members should receive it in your in box very shortly, you can access it by following this link: (Newsletter April)

Please book for Sue Leonard’s June workshop.  For images please visit “programme”.  Here’s the booking form: (June members booking form)

There are just a few spare spaces for the May workshop – come and create unique threads, fibres and yarn to use in your projects: (May booking form)

Don’t forget to visit Open Studios in May and June…here’s the link to the online brochure: (NNOS brochure 2019)  The complete list of artists is published in the paper copy.

Open Studio logo

25th May to 9th June 2019

Branch Secretary Job Description

Many of you are aware that Eileen, who has done a wonderful job as Branch Secretary and kept me in order more that a few times, is reaching the end of her three year term of office.  It was suggested that I circulated a brief job description, so here it is.

If you’d like fuller details, please contact either Eileen or myself.

Thanks for looking…

JD Branch Sec

March 2019

I was delighted to welcome June Croll to our meeting,

June Croll in her Studio
June Croll in her Studio

she gave an illustrated lecture and Q&A session on her life of weaving.  The pieces she brought to the meeting were handed round for us to inspect and marvel at.  She explained her dyeing techniques and how she achieves her wonderful colour mixes.

She also showed us some of the small fun pieces she has done.





She offers workshops at her studio.  Details below..June Croll workshops

Notices, Talks, Workshops and Events

Click here for March Information

February meeting

Spring must be close, the weather has been unseasonably warm, I’ve seen some daffodils by the roadside in flower and textile and other exhibitions are blooming.  The Makers Festival at the Forum has been busy for us and the exhibition in Ely cathedral continues.  With so much on it was nice to see so many at the social meeting yesterday afternoon.

We had the Bursary Talk and a quiz, my thanks for this to Helen Durrant, quiz compiler extraordinaire.  And well done to the winners.

Bursary Talk

I was the lucky winner of the 2917 bursary and told how I used the money learning to weave at the Saori studio in Diss my aim being to weave backgrounds for stitch.  The idea was embryonic when I won the bursary having seen some wonderful pieces at the K&S show that year.  Saori weaving suits me in that I like to see reasonably rapid results, in it no mistakes can be made, everything is treated an as opportunity.  From the taster session to the end I had a creative time at the studio, wove some cloth for clothes but more importantly have finished some pieces as I originally planned.



Library – Don’t forget to use the Kardex system.

Has anyone considered the secretarial role? Do have a chat with Eileen.

Sheringham Seascape – an embroidery project in the style of John Craske. – 14 June to 31 Oct 2019 – to coincide with the summer exhibition thereLisa Little has organised an introductory session at the museum in Sheringham on 19th March.  Sue Leonard, Dilys Harvey and I will be up there, do come and join us.  Lisa will also organise a session in Norwich if there is the demand.  Please let her know through me or through the museum.

Talks & Workshops:

March 15th, Friday – Talk by June Croll at 7.30pm“Meandering Threads”

March 16th, Saturday – Workshop with Pauline Wrighton – “White, Light and Lacy” – working with mixed media.  Pictures on my blog and Facebook.  There remain only a few spaces now that we have opened the workshop to non-members so speak to Mara if you wish one.

April – No meeting – Easter

May 17th, Friday – Talk by Ros Wilson at 7.30pm.  “World Textiles”

May 18th, Saturday – Workshop with Ros – “Introduction to Drop Spindle Spinning”. Bookings for this open tonight, cost is £35 for members.



Norfolk Makers Festival – 9-24 Feb – TOPstitch will be exhibiting up on the glass gallery.  TOPstitch

The Beautiful Stitch Exhibition at Ely Cathedral.  5-28 Feb. Ely exhibition  Exhibited are elements of the Guild’s Collection. A number of one day workshops are on offer.

Textiles East Fair – 22 & 23 Feb.  Textiles East Fair

Makit Fair – Peterborough  18 May.  Makit Fair – Peterborough  – TOPstitch hope to be exhibiting there.

Haveringham Museum, Romford, 3 Apr to 22 June.  The Material Girls Exhibition “Goodnight Children Everywhere.  Havering museum

Links and Layers Workshops in Apr and May  Links and Layers

Creative Stitch Graduate Show – exhibition of stitched textiles  Sat 20th and Sun 21st July 2019,  10am – 4pm At Suffolk One College, Scrivener Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3SU  Entry: £3. Under 18’s free; Traders Hall includes ArtVanGo, Eye Fabric Shop, Sandra Beech and others.  Contact: maryelmcintosh@gmail.com for more information.


January meeting

It was a cold Friday evening and many brave members attended to hear Nikki Clark talk about her graduation work from Norwich University of the Arts.  Explaining how she used LASER cutting and heat to form Perspex into shapes she showed us her mock Tudor jacket and some of her contemporary jewellery.






Library – The Kardex system is not being used.  I know books have been borrowed, but there is no record.  I have been asked to explain again..

On the Library unit are 2 kardex boxes, one marked Library books, the other Borrowed.  In the first cards are filed in alphabetical order (Author’s surname).  When borrowing a book, take out the card, write your name, date and contact details and place in Borrowed Box.  White cards represent books which can be borrowed for 3 months, coloured ones only one month. 

Has anyone considered the secretarial role? Do have a chat with Eileen.

Sheringham Seascape – an embroidery project in the style of John Craske. – 14 June to 31 Oct 2019 – to coincide with the summer exhibition thereThis is a missing book.

Lisa Little, Curator at Sheringham Museum is looking for help from guild members for this project.  There is information about this on my blog (https://76tgnorwich.wordpress.com) and in the newsletters.

Embroiderers’ Guild Travelling Exhibition, Ely. 5 – 28Feb 2019.  Exhibited will be elements of the Guild’s Collection. (https://www.elycathedral.org/events/the-beautiful-stitch-an-exhibition-from-the-embroiderers-guild . A number of one day workshops are on offer.

Norfolk Makers Festival at the Forum – 9-24 Feb.  Can you spare a few hours to promote our branch at the Makers Festival?  We will be at the Forum in February on Sunday 10th & Fri 15th.

Newsletter – This month the newsletter will be distributed electronically later than usual.  It will be uploaded into my blog as soon as I’ve written it.  https://76tgnorwich.wordpress.com/


Talks & Workshops:

February 16th – Saturday Social at 2pm. Bursary Talk and a Quiz compiled by Helen Durrant.  It is also another opportunity to bring your current work, UFO’s and any questions.

March 15th, Friday – Talk by June Croll at 7.15pm“Meandering Threads”

March 16th, Saturday – Workshop with Pauline Wrighton – “White, Light and Lacy” – working with mixed media.  Pictures on my blog and Facebook.  There remain only a few spaces now that we have opened the workshop to non-members so speak to Mara if you wish one.

April – No meeting – Easter



Norfolk Makers Festival – 9-24 Feb – TOPstitch will be exhibiting up on the glass gallery.  https://topstitchnorwich.wordpress.com/

The Beautiful Stitch Exhibition at Ely Cathedral.  5-28 Feb. https://www.elycathedral.org/events/the-beautiful-stitch-an-exhibition-from-the-embroiderers-guild

Microscopic – Bishy Lace Group Exhibition, 9 Jan – 5 Feb at Cley Gallery https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/all-events/2019-01-09-microscopic-unseen-by-the-na

Textiles East Fair – 22 & 23 Feb.  https://textileseastfair.wordpress.com/

Makit Fair – Peterborough  18 May.  https://www.makitfairs.com/makit-lqn-lacemaking-quilting-needlecraft-fair-peterborough/  – TOPstitch hope to be exhibiting there.


Non Guild events:



I have just received a message about some workshops in Suffolk from textile artist Nikola Orpen..(go to website of Nikola Orpen)

A weekend of Eco Textile Workshops with Nikola Orpen M.A.

30th and 31st March at Mettingham Village Hall, Rectory Road, Bungay,
Suffolk NR351TJ
10.30am – 4.30pm

Day one
Indigo and Shibori (Japanese resist)
Students will learn how to make up an ORGANIC INDIGO SUGAR VAT (no nasty chemicals) and using Japanese shibori techniques will create exquisite and unique samples on cloth.

Day two
Eco Printing using flowers and leaves.
Students will learn how to make beautiful prints and patterns on cloth and paper by capturing colours directly from nature using contact printing and steam.

£65 per day with all basic materials provided.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase some ‘special’ cloth and plain silk scarves to dye.

Refreshments are provided all day, please bring something for lunch to share.

It is not necessary to attend both days but will be more fullfilling if you do. Both courses are suitable for all levels.

A reservation is necessary as courses tend to book up quickly.
For more information and to secure your place with a £20 deposit per
day please contact Nikola on texatelier2@gmail.com

Nikola’s Facebook page is Texatelier
Nikola’s website is www.texatelier.com




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