2019 Update #1

Next Meeting: Friday 1 February 2019 – Branch Evening – Simply Books

Lesley Vowles will be bringing along some of the books she has made over the years for us to have a look at and enjoy. We will be making a small book using one of the easiest bookbinding techniques.

Please bring with you the following:

  • A spoon (any size)
  • A needle with an eye large enough to take a Perle thread and that has a sharp point. A Crewel needle is ideal
  • A small pair of scissors
  • A pencil
  • A ruler

Workshops – You might be able to get a place on our 2 part workshop with Tricia Tominey on Saturdays 2nd Feb & March 2019. There are definitely spaces available for workshops later in the year, so check the Branch Workshop information. Non- members are always welcome to join us too.

Other Branches:  see News from Enfield…. for information about their January workshop and a talk by Ninya Mikhaila (as seen on BBC TV) in March.

Exhibitions and Events

The Embroidered Home – Royal School of Needlework

Battle of Britain Lace Panel  – Then and Now – Bentley Priory, from 17th November until March 2019

Collections Re-Crafted – Saffron Walden Museum, from 13th October until 3rd February 2019

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War – British Library, fom 19th October 2018 until 29th February 2019

Anni Albers [1899 – 1994] Tate Modern, until 27th January

The Beautiful Stitch – Beryl Dean Gallery, Bucks County Museum, until January 2019. Closed 20th Jan – 1st Feb, please check with Museum before visiting.

100 Hearts an EG Project – Bucks County Museum until 12th Jan 2019.  

Sampled Lives – Cambridge, extended to 13th January 2019, see also Personal View and this from the V&A

…. and see these sites for more:

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Renaming the EG?

For the attention of EG Members:

eg new name

From Contact Magazine, issue 48, online version


I don’t know how I missed this, but luckily the deadline for suggestions has been extended to the end of March 2019. I know I am not the only member who thinks our title can be a bit offputting for prospective members. I have always felt that it no longer reflects the variety of stitch related activities, interests and skill levels which come together in this “association”. So I am going to have to get my thoughts together and try to come up with my idea of a better fit.

If anyone wants to join a group brainstorming session maybe we could get together at the next Stitch on Saturday on 16th February. It’s surprising how much better the ideas are when several people throw their suggestions into the pot.

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Threads of Life

Author and stitcher Clare Hunter has contacted us, and other EG branches, to share the news about her book Threads of Life.

threads of life cover


Due for publication by Sceptre of Hodder & Stoughton on 7th February 2019, Threads of Life has been chosen as Radio 4’s Book of the Week 4th-8th February. The book explores why people have sewn across centuries and cultures, examining the emotional, social and political use of sewing by people who have used it to tell their stories or make their voices heard.

More information about the book is available here: Threads of Life – press release

and there are further snippets about it here in The Bookseller

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What’s On at Aylesbury Vale EG in 2019

Aylesbury Vale branch have sent their programme for 2019, they always welcome visitors and have some interesting meetings coming up.

harriet ridell poster




Their next meeting on Saturday 19th January features Harriet Ridell with a talk about her travels with a bike and a sewing machine.









Still on an Indian theme, their March workshop Out of India might tempt you, details here: out of india workshop

View and/or download the AVEG programme here:

programme for aylesbury vale eg 2019

aveg 2019 programmeoutline

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Call for Work – The Art of Grieving

An exhibition of creative expressions of bereavement and loss, including textiles,  paintings, photographs, words, sculptures, mosaics, collages and all other artforms. To be held at Kingsbury Barn, St Albans from 6th to 8th September 2019.

Artists, of all sorts: individuals, school and college students, clubs and societies and other organisations are invited to contribute work. Please contact Kate at artofgrieving19@gmail .com

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Oxford EG – Workshop 26th January 2019

Aylesbury Vale EG have passed on details of a workshop at the Oxford Branch. Cost is advertised as £35. I have removed payment details as they included personal information, please use the contact email address to confirm details


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