The next few weeks….. December 2018


Now that the festive season is here (and I am struggling with my seasonal bug) the weekly updates will take a break. Other news will still appear so let me know if you hear of anything you want to share.

It would be lovely if branch members and other readers would drop in their seasonal greetings and anything else which comes to mind. You can post them yourselves if you have author permission, just use the contact tab to ask for it – or you can send it in and I will post on your behalf.


May Morris – Art and Life – 7th October to January 2018

Woman’s Hour Craft Prize – to 5th February 2018

Balenciaga to February 2018

Embellishment in Fashion – until 1st March 2018

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


Paula Watkins has some workshops coming up over the next few months.

Spaces are available on a few day classes at the Royal School of Needlework.

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Update – 22nd January 2018

On Friday 26th January 2018,  Artist’s talk – Bentley Priory Museum (Stanmore)  will be hosting a talk on   “The Battle of Britain Panel – Lace and Legacy” , by Dr Carol Quarini. (No booking necessary but admission charges apply)

Branch Events

Our next meeting is on Friday 2nd February. Three members will talk about how they took The Next Step  by taking part in group projects and activities.

There a still places on our February and March workshops, Barmy Bunnies and Crazy Patchwork. These are late changes to the original programme.


May Morris – Art and Life –  Walthamstow, closes 28th January 2018

Woman’s Hour Craft Prize – V&A, closes 5th February 2018

Balenciaga –   V&A, closes 18th February 2018

Embellishment in Fashion –  Hampton Court, until 1st March 2018

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

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Can you help – Blackwork?

Is anyone willing and available to teach a 3 hour introduction to blackwork on 12th March 9.30 – 12.30 at Watford Central Library? A programme with patterns and materials can be made available or you can do your own thing: payment depends on the numbers of participants – its an open programme offered by the library. Anyone able/interested please get in touch with Marion McC before 18th January via

Thank you.

Marion McC

late edit: a volunteer has stepped up – thank you all

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Listen to Stitch!

Coming up on the Radio next week is the second series of “Moving Pictures”. The first episode on Tuesday 16th is all about a patchwork by Ann West. The programme explores an artwork and gives you an opportunity to follow it online through the digitised image: Ann West’s “Hanging”.

Previous episodes are available to hear and view on the Moving Pictures BBC page – they are well worth exploring.

Ann West.Hanging

to see this image in detail click here

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2018 Programme Update


For various reasons there are some alterations to the published programme for 2018.

Due to a change in her role Emma Ward is unable to join us in January. But after a bit of a frantic scrabble I have arranged for Diana Spencer to come and talk to us. She will tell us a little about her work on the Embroiderers’ Guild Portfolio  but mostly she will be talking about Gilda Barron, bringing some of Gilda’s work to illustrate her style and techniques.

Take up for the Connie Flynn short course has been very limited. Unfortunately for those who had booked places the course has now been cancelled. But this gives us the opportunity to welcome back some firm favourites who happen to be branch members. In February Viv and Trish will be offering a chance to make Barmy Bunnies. March will see a follow up to Julie and Paula’s Crazy Patchwork class. Full details will be available at January’s meeting, from Sheila Philpot and here.

The final alteration concerns the October workshop, Books for Stitches. The content will be as announced but I will be the tutor.

I hope everything else will be going ahead as originally planned but you never know what might happen!

For your diaries:

Saturday January 6th

a.m. Back to Basics – Knot Stitching, as per programme

p.m. Talk by Diana Spencer


Saturday 3rd February

Workshop by Viv Mangan and Trish Zachariah – Barmy Bunnies


Saturday 3rd March

Workshop by Julie Walsby and Paula Bray – Crazy Patchwork


Saturday 20th October

Workshop by Eva Cantin – Books for Stitches

You might also have noticed the strange dates listed for October on some versions of the printed programme – this has also been corrected and the updated programme is available here: Updated 17-18.Prog.Cal.12.17-update

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Coming up in January

Thank you Sue C for sending in information about this:

As part of their series of Friday lectures Bentley Priory Museum (Stanmore)  will be hosting a talk on   “The Battle of Britain Panel – Lace and Legacy” , by Dr Carol Quarini on 26th January 2018.

I hope to get to this as Dr Quarini’s work in contemporary lacemaking looks most interesting. Maybe another possibility for the 2019 programme?


Rooting through my festive TV guide I spotted “A Stitch in Time”. A new series on BBC4, starting on Wednesday 4th January. Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore, while historical costumier Ninya Mikhaila recreates  costumes, using traditional methods.  The series starts with Charles II. One to be recorded for repeated viewing maybe.



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