Wednesday, 10 December 2014

January Update

We will be meeting in a hall at the  Grantham Tennis Club on  Tuesday 6th January 2015from 10.00am-2.00pm .

The cost will be as before £3 or £5 for non Guild members.There will be a raffle as usual and self service coffee and biscuits are in the kitchen through out the session for £1.Please bring a mug.

The address is 
Grantham Tennis Club   
Arnoldfield, Gonerby Rd, 
Grantham NG31 8HU

Grantham Tennis Club is located half a mile from the town centre on Gonerby Road. From the town follow signs towards the A1 North / Newark. The Club is on the right hand side of Gonerby Road (B1174), shortly after you pass under a railway bridge and is clearly signed.
Visitors approaching from the North, driving along Gonerby Road (B1174), will see the Tennis Club signposted on the left - before you pass under the railway bridge

we are the long building you can just about see on the left behind the tennis courts

The tennis club turn  is next door to the Kings Hotel.When you turn in turn left again and look for the balloons and bunting outside a small building to the left of the tennis club.Drive past the main car park towards the balloons  where parking is available beside the venue.

There is a small coffee shop in the main tennis club where you can get lunch but it must be ordered prior to the meeting to be picked up at 12.30.You can also bring a packed lunch if you prefer.Lunch will be a half hour.

Requirements for the January workshop 

The January session will be the initiating of the stitch a month note book cover or travelling book project dependent on your expertises and self confidence.

More information about what the projects entail will be forth coming but at the moment the only requirements are

 your sewing kit,

 embroidery hoops

 a 10 inch calico square??.

The notebooks will be provided at a small cost

I will let you know if this changes!!!!!

So keep checking back  if you are not set up for an alert.

To receive alerts put your email address into the second box on the top left of the page which has follow by email above it.

The session will have something for everyone from the beginner like me to those of you  with a long history of embroidery.But do remember you do not always have to join in; you can bring an ongoing project you are working on and enjoy the company!

As usual we will have a show and tell table so please bring anything you have finished or even work in progress,

Sample notebook covers

Have a lovely Christmas and we (the committee) look forward  to seeing  everyone in the New Year

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Layers of Stitch Update!!!

'We have found a new venue - the Grantham Tennis Club - and we shall be meeting there on Tuesday 6th January 2015 at the usual time, 10.00, with a view to trying it out to see how we accomodate EGG numbers - if successful, we shall continue to meet there for the foreseeable future. There is adequate parking, and the new venue will be marked by bunting and balloons; bring own lunch if you wish - there is a kitchen where soup, etc. can be heated, or there is a cafe in the main building, run by Mencap, which serves delicious food.
Whatever you have heard, we intend to continue what we have started, so please join us if you can on 6th January

The committee has planned some smashing workshops  and as soon as I have received the OK I will post the information on here.We left the meeting feeling very excited about the future now that venue issues have resolved for the time being.

What to bring information for that first session of the New Year will be sent to you as soon as possible.

Friday, 5 December 2014


The Quilters’ Guild has today announced that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York is to close at the end of October, 2015. The Quilt Museum and Gallery has been working very hard to achieve challenging targets for income from visitors and business ventures but, sadly, these targets have not been achievable.
The Quilters’ Guild has provided financial support to The Quilt Museum through its own reserves and fundraising activities but these funds cannot provide the Quilt Museum and Gallery with a sustainable future in the long term.
Guild President, Vivien Finch said “The decision to close the Quilt Museum and Gallery is profoundly disappointing, but we can take comfort in the knowledge that since it opened we have welcomed over 75,000 people to over 50 exhibitions and introduced many visitors to the joy of quilts and quilting. In addition, we have taught sewing skills to over 8,000 children and adults.”
“The number of paying visitors has ranged between 10,000 and 12,500 per year and we now know that this is a considerable achievement for a small “niche” museum, commented Museum Manager, Fiona Diaper.
The Quilt Museum and Gallery will remain open until 31 October, 2015, and visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibitions planned for 2015 including a major exhibition with Kaffe Fassett entitled Ancestral Gifts, showing new quilts created by Kaffe in response to quilts in The Quilters’ Guild Collection.
The Quilters’ Guild will continue to care for its Collection of historic and contemporary quilts and are concentrating their efforts on finding a location where the public can gain access to quilts by pre-organised visits. They are also exploring a wide range of opportunities for items from the Collection to be exhibited in other locations.

The Quilt Museum and Gallery was  Britain's first museum dedicated to quiltmaking and textile arts.
The Museum is managed by The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, an educational charity founded in 1979. The  aim was to promote the crafts of patchwork, appliqué and quilting through changing exhibitions of historic and contemporary textiles. The Quilt Museum and Gallery was  independently funded through admissions, grants and donations.

Thursday, 4 December 2014


Below is a link to the Picasa website where you can upload any of the photos from our embroidery/stitch  workshops .Click on link below to see the pictures on Picasa. If you want to post pictures please contact me,
Please remember that not everyone likes to have their face in a photo when choosing photos to upload.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Embroiderers’ Guild 
East Midlands Region Kickstart Workshop 
Wednesday 14 January 2015 
Charnwood Museum 
Granby St, Loughborough, 
Leicestershire LE11 3DU 

In the morning we will have a introduction 
from the curator and a selection of 
Ladybird Books for us to look at 

For this you will need a Sketch/Notebook - 
pencil, fine ink pen, dry colouring material 
only (no water will be allowed), colouring 
crayons, camera, tracing paper. 
A few coloured papers appropriate to your 
images/initial ideas may be useful for later. 

The afternoon session (1-4pm). 

Will be ‘A Voyage of Discovery’ with Pam Keeling. 
You will be encouraged and directed towards 
developing ideas and images you found 
inspirational during the morning or 
beforehand. A series of question and answer 
sessions will take place via Group, pairings 
and one to one. There will be opportunity to 
progress ideas through sketches and 

To book your place, please send a cheque of 
£33.00, and your contact details to 

Deborah Phillpott , 1 Middlefield Lane, 
Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0QZ 

01455 612261, 07557 023 245, or 

Friday, 28 November 2014

To all members of Layers of Stitch; Embroiderers’ Guild Grantham.

Further to our message yesterday it has been decided that we will cancel the meeting for December and meet again in January. The committee is meeting on Monday to resolve this issue and we will keep you all up to date with any news. We are working hard to find a suitable venue but Stitchcraft is a difficult act to follow for all that it offered us.
The committee would like to thank you for your patience and support and we are looking forward to seeing you at our meeting in the New Year.
In the meantime, we hope you find some creative time over the next few months.

With very best wishes
Vicki Honeywood

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

To all members of Layers of Stitch: Embroiderers’ Guild Grantham,

Today we have had news that Stitchcraft studio has closed and we will have to cancel the meeting on Tuesday 2nd December. The committee is extremely disappointed and saddened by this news but will work as quickly as possible to find an alternative venue in order to continue to build our branch of the Embroiderers’ guild. We will notify you all of further developments. If we don’t see you before, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and thank you all, on behalf of the committee, for you support in getting the branch started.

Vicki Honeywood

Thursday, 20 November 2014

November Workshop
Pauline Verrinder

Pauline and Samples of her work

Work in Progress

We used Moulding Felt available from and (thinner).
Moulding felt can be used dry or wet. We used it dry because it can be reshaped again.
Moulding felt can be  coloured with dyna flow dyes put on with a sponge/
We started by bond webbing a piece of material to white moulding felt
The  previously dyed colour sheets were cut to make shapes based on our inspirational picture.
The pieces were secured with sewing, wire and cotton covered wire (90) which could also be dyed.



If any one has a group picture of the finished items could they either post it or send it to me

Change of Programme 
Tuesday,Dec 2nd., 2014

Instead of the Christmas mouse  Sarah Edwards will lead a group on making a Japanese decoration.I find this very exciting and hope others do as well.

Please remember that if an activity does not interest you members can bring their own projects and continue to enjoy the company of others who share a love of embroidery.

I have posted a picture of Japanese folding decorations below.It not necessarily what we be doing but it may help to inspire you and give people some ideas of what to expect,Materials will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing everyone with the optional secret Santa present,The guild is providing some nice nibbles to have with coffee

Do not forget your sewing kit, embellishments,2 x 10" squares of material and optional scraps of Xmas material

Monday, 17 November 2014

Secret Santa.

My apologies the secret Santa post should have said a £5/

Many thanks to Sue Cork for pointing this out 

The secret Santa is optional but could those people who  would like to take part can bring a sewing related gift worth £5.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Helpful Hints for New Visitors 

The blog will not only provide members with on going information about workshops and Embroider Guild news but will be a place members can leave queries  or  messages at the end of each post.

Additionally if you need to contact a committee member  click on the contact link on the right side of the page and their email addresses will appear. At  the moment it is a copy and paste job but I hope to rectify it soon.

On the right hand side of the page is a box marked alerts.If you type your email address into the box, new posts will be emailed   directly  to your email account as they are posted.This way will received information about workshops etc as soon pages are posted.

The right had column also lists all the older posts  which have been posted under Monthly headings i.e. April if you need to find them

Any questions contact me a

Christmas  Meeting

 Tuesday ,December 2nd ,2014

There will be two mini workshops led by Wendy Coyne and Tina Slipper.

Tina will be leading the group to make  a Christmas tree decoration, She will bring materials and all you will need to bring is embellishments and your usual  sewing kit.

Sarahs  group will make a Japanese folded decoration

Additionally  Sue Rowland, whose project on WW1 with Grantham Museum we showed interest in at this week's meeting, is coming to talk to us at the next meeting, 2nd December, at 11.00 am about how this will work and what she proposes. This could be quite an interesting project to be involved in, and give us some publicity and it will be interesting to see what she has in mind.

Secret Santa.
The secret Santa is optional but could those people who  would like to take part can bring a sewing 
related gift worth £5.

There will also be the usual raffle for a £10 Stitchcraft voucher 

List of suggested items to bring 
sewing kits
Christmas material leftovers
2-10" of Xmas material

Looking forward to seeing everyone there when we share some Christmas good will and nibbles.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Pauline Verrinder Workshop
Grantham Embroiderers’ Guild
Workshop: Thursday 13th November, 2014
Times: 10am – 4pm

Tutor: Pauline Verrinder 

                                                      ‘THE FLIPPANT STITCH’
The workshop will be spent, looking at hand stitchery, in a light hearted and irreverent way.
Using fabric, conventional and unlikely threads, and surface fabric decoration or application,
we will be attempting to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our perceived knowledge hand embroidery.
This is a workshop suitable for both the beginner and the experienced - just come with an
open mind and a willingness to experiment and extend the boundaries with like minded

                                                      REQUIREMENTS LIST:
(Choose materials to your preferred colour scheme)
· Notebook & Pen
· An 8”/10” Wooden Embroidery Hoop
· One metre of lightweight cotton fabric (PLAIN coloured or hand dyed to your colour
· Basic Sewing Kit to include embroidery scissors (ensure that you have a Crewel and
Tapestry needle).
· A pair of dressmaking scissors or similar.
· A variety of types of embroidery threads to your colour scheme anything goes – we can
also swap with each other. Don’t go out and buy any threads because I will bring a
selection with me.

****A charge of £2.00 will be made to cover the cost of additional fabric and some fabric
        decoration media.

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Pauline at

A sample of Pauline's work 


Look out for the new ongoing Learn a Stitch project where members will be able to design a  book cover using a new stitch they have learnt each month. More information to follow.


Tins Slipper led a session on flower making  and below are some of the wonderful results and work in progress

                        EGG CHALLENGE 

The ongoing  egg challenge is under way and several eggs appeared at the November meeting.There will be more sessions relating to this project but you can always continue to work on your egg at any of the up coming meeting.

Remember the eggs can be flat or dimensional,traditional or quirky in design.They will be show cased at out exhibition in September 2015 and we look forward to seeing the finished products

We have some polystyrene eggs to decorate, some members are using duck eggs, or you can use blown hen's eggs; these can all be decorated with paint, découpage, fabric, braid, etc., and you can make papier-maché eggs.  Alternatively, you can stitch a 2D egg on fabric - templates or some aida canvas will be available, 

For any more information contact a committee member.