Sunday, 26 February 2012


A wonderful picture of beads in all shades of Aquamarine / Turquoise.

Liz Almond’s ‘Blackwork Journey’

Liz  has worked as an embroiderer, lecturer and tutor for many years and is  fascinated by counted thread techniques, blackwork and whitework.   Throughout her career she has taught classes in community education, given talks and day schools to groups throughout England, exhibited and worked to commission.

Her recent interests have been in developing alternative approaches to blackwork away from the historical concepts. Islamic architecture and geometric design are major influences on her designs as she has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia finding inspiration for her most recent work.

I wasn’t at this meeting but I am told it was a fascinating talk and I have  some photographs taken by John Clark which show the high standard Liz achieves.

 Blackwork 2

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Friday, 24 February 2012



-Simple one inch square embroidered delights which can be used for cards, boxes or larger projects and offer a chance to try new techniques or stick to the tried and tested familiar ones.
Please bring
- sharp fabric scissors or cutting board and cutter
- sewing kit –hand embroidery threads, pins needles
- scraps of fabric if you want particular colours
  (we will have a good selection)
- beads etc. (again we’ll have a good selection)
- wool fleece , silk fibres etc. and small sponge if you   want to needle-felt (we have needles)
-anything else you’d like to put on your Inchies – e.g natural items

The only essential things are the sewing kit and scissors so no excuses, come and enjoy.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


Liz Almond will be coming to talk to us about her ‘Blackwork Journey’ and some of you will remember her day workshop with us a couple of years ago.

You can find more information on her website –  where she has a link to her Blog, free download patterns and much more, including charts and projects for sale.

She says she has a new and alternative approach to blackwork so I’m sure it  will be a very interesting talk.

Horrocks’ Dresses for Regional Day

A REMINDER – please bring in all finished dress shapes to the February meeting, as Sue Chisnall and I have to join them into pairs for display and the sooner we get them will mean we don’t have to rush them at the end.

We are aiming for 40 completed dresses and I have had one card shape returned so if any of you would like to do a second one please ask me at the next meeting - I have some small floral print and plain fabrics available.

Sue and I are both very busy at the moment with our own work for exhibitions and I have to make some wedding books so no time to do the last dress shape – HELP please.


The stone of Royalty – all shades of purple.