Update #4 – Early May 2018

Branch Meetings

I hear that more of your work will be welcome for the display at Living Crafts. We usually put on an amazing array of all types of embroidery styles and standards, some visitors find unfinished work just as inspiring as the exquisite and technically challenging pieces more traditionally seen as embroidery. Please use this opportunity to get your work seen. Contact Caroline W as soon as possible – insurance forms are available here: living-crafts-insurance-form

Saturday 19th May is our next meeting,after a bit of a long gap  due to Living Crafts.  In the morning we have Back to Basics Dabble session, giving you an opportunity to try some new materials and techniques.  The afternoon session is devoted to a talk from Janette Bright. I’ve been looking forward to hearing about Janette’s work with the textile tokens at the Foundling Hospital for a long time, so if I’m not there you’d better send out a search party!


The postponed Crazy Patchwork for Beginners and Improvers workshop has been re-booked for Saturday 26th May. There are a couple of places available as the change of date has not suited all the original participants.

On Saturday 9th June we have  A Ribbon Embroidery Monogramme with Tanya Haynes . There are still a few spaces on this workshop, showcasing a traditional skill which can also be used in contemporary work to provide texture and emphasis.

Contact Sheila P to enquire about spaces.


Exhibitions and Events


Animals in Embroidery – Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Cour, 18th April to December. Taster workshops also available

Inspired by Felbrigg – Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk,  1st May to 28th June. More info on NT website nearer the time

Journeys – The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 5th May to 3rd June

Sampled Lives – Cambridge, extended to October 2018, see also Personal View and this from the V&A


Coming Soon

A Dozen Stitchers – Letchworth, 23rd to 27th May and 30th May to 3rd June

Threads of Time 2 – Mill Green, 27th May to Sunday 24th June


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Local Job Opportunity

A local School is looking for a Classroom Assistant and Technician (Textiles). This would be for 15 hours per week, Term Time Only.

They are looking for someone to fill this vacancy from September 2018, to support the work of the class teacher to ensure the highest standards are achieved for each child.  Good communication skills, IT skills and the ability to work as part of a busy team are essential.

Closing date for Applications: Monday 4th June 2018

For more details and application forms please contact me on hertsbranch@gmail.com, marking it Job Opportunity. I will forward all the information to you.


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Ticket Offer extended

The date for the draw has now been extended to 27th May

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World Textile Event – 2nd June 2018


World Textile Day Central 
2 June 2018, 10 am – 4.30 pm

King’s Sutton Millenium Memorial Hall, Astrop Rd, King’s Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3PG

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER Chris Spring from the British Museum

What you’ll find at World Textile Day Central

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. Chris Spring – author, artist and curator of the British Museum’s Africa collection. Social Fabric: Textiles and Teamwork in East and Southern Africa.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus: a short talk
  • £3 per session or £5 for both, tickets at the door
  • Our specialist world textiles traders
  • Disabled access
  • Free parking on site and nearby in village
  • View/print PDF document: World Textile Day Central 2018

Delicious refreshments from our local stars Beryl and Adele

  • Once again we’ll have delicious savories and cakes all day long, courtesy of Beryl and Adele.
  • Come hungry!

Venue info

  • King’s Sutton Millenium Memorial Hall, Astrop Rd, King’s Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3PG. Tel: 01925 814971
  • Link to venue: www.kingssuttonhall.co.uk

Rail info

  • Station – King’s Sutton
  • From Banbury – 20 minutes
  • From Oxford – 35 minutes
  • 10 minute walk from King’s Sutton station to venue

Road info

  • From Banbury – 20 minutes
  • From Oxford – 40 minutes
  • From Northampton – 45 minutes

Google Maps

Full details on our website : www.worldtextileday.co.uk
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Art Van Go Events, May to June

Gina Ferrari’s first solo exhibition continues until 26th May – after that click here for more  

I’m feeling too lazy to type it all in, sorry!

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Ticket Offers

Paula W will be taking workshops at the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham NEC in August – she has passed on a Ticket Discount Code for me to share with you. The code: WT98 gives a £2.50 discount on adult tickets booked online.

Also I have a pair of complimentary tickets to give away for The Creative Craft Show at Birmingham NEC, 29th June to 1st July. I will be pulling email addresses from a hat on Monday 21st May. Correction: the draw will now be on Sunday 27th May 

This offer is limited to Branch Members so if you are interested  please email me using the address on your programme card. Please put Ticket Offer in the title and I will confirm receipt. I will not be using your email details for any other purpose, this is not a sneaky way to create my own little mailing list!



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