2017-18 Branch Workshops

Branch workshops are held at: United Reform Church, Watford Road, Chiswell Green, St Albans  AL2 3HG – parking is available

Time: 10.00 for 10.30 start – finish 4pm

Cost: £25 for EG members, £30 for non-members 

To book a place read this and/or contact the Workshop Bookings Secretary or email her at hertsbranch@gmail.com – full workshop details will be supplied after confirmation of a place


Saturday 8th OCTOBER 2017

Jenny Leslie

Leaf Printing with Natural Dyes and Mordants

An opportunity to try some of the techniques Jenny uses to create her naturally dyed textile works. Participants will be using a variety of fabric, paper, leaves and mordant to make steamed and bundled leaf prints ….

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Saturday 4th NOVEMBER 2017

 Sian Fenwick

Stitchity Snippets

Decorate snippets of vintage papers with teabags, napkins, deli paper, fabric paint and embellished with hand stitch.

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Sat 3rd FEBRUARY 2018    Change to published programme

Viv Mangan and Trish Zachariah

Barmy Bunnies



Sat 3rd MARCH 2018   Change to published programme

Julie Walsby and Paula Bray 

Crazy Patchwork for Beginners and Improvers


Sat 7th APRIL 2018

Tanvi Kant

Textile Jewellery

Tanvi will demonstrate various playful experimental fabric wrapping and stitching techniques to create organic, colourful coiled forms and surface textures.          

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Sat 9th JUNE 2018

Tanya Haynes

A Silk Ribbon Embroidery Monogram

At her studio in Bedfordshire Tanya offers workshops and classes in a variety of traditional embroidery techniques. She will be coming to us to help members learn and develop the skills of silk ribbon embroidery, based on kits of her own design. A full kit will be available for £10-15 TBC

Handstitch – suitable for all, basic stitch skills and beyond

Tanya Haines


Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th JULY 2018

Summer School with Trish Zachariah and Paula Bray

Books, Bags and All Things Nature 

During these 3 days you will be able to choose to make either a small calico book of nature and water based elements, or a hand stitched and embellished bag* made out of vintage linen napkins. Both options use a wide range of materials, techniques and embellishments. Project Kits will be provided at £15 per student so all you will need is a basic sewing kit.

Committing to 3 days would be the most beneficial, but we will try and accommodate those who can only make less.

*due to a late change of tutor the bag option might not be available

Handstitch – suitable for all, basic stitch skills and beyond

Sat 20th OCTOBER 2018

Eva Cantin

Books for Stitches

Books and book like forms have become popular with stitchers as a way of displaying work, develop skills and techniques and purely as objects to embellish. Ann’s workshop will explore some simple book forms and how to make them without having to take on the complexity of bookbinding.

Mixed media, basic stitching – suitable for all skill levels

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Cas Holmes

Small Objects of Desire

Transform paper and combine it with textile and stitch to create small postcard size samples. Students will explore ideas related to design and the creation of textile papers (momigami) and look at different ways of texturing and transforming found surfaces. The focus will be on hand stitching as an extension of mark making and drawing, and various means of layering.

Mixed media, basic stitching – suitable all skill levels

Cas Holmes

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