Romford & West Essex Branch programme 2016-2017


Programme Sept 2016 to July 2017

Meetings (1.45 to 4 pm)

Sept 10th

Anna Holzer-Mountfield & Keith

Spinning with Anna (not bikes!)

Anna runs her own company Spinspired

We will be trying carding, spinning and lots more!

Oct 8th


Brenda Parsons


11-12am. Bring and share lunch & introducing the Chairman’s Challenge Cup.

A Passion for Paper

Brenda will be talking about machine embroidery with paper, stitched collaged papers and paper lace.

Nov 12th

Ali Wall

Wall & Jones

Tapestry and textile combining

Ali has a vintage shop in Hackney and will be bringing examples of her bespoke clothing to show us.

Dec 10th


Bring and share festive cakes

Festive afternoon decorating walnut shells – to become fabulous Christmas decorations. Helen Barwell will be showing us how.

Jan 14th

Fine Cell Work Charity

Teaching embroidery in prisons

A local volunteer will be coming to talk about this charity’s work.

Feb 11th

Richard Box

Richard’s Adventures in Painting and Embroidery

Richard talks about his past 50 years of work.  A fabulous journey from Goldsmiths college to now!

Mar 11th

Jo Mabbutt

“Gilding the Lace”

Jo has developed various techniques for gilding onto lace, crochet and tatting and also uses different metallic media.

Apr 8th

Wendy Dolan


Share leftover Easter Goodies!

Art, Architecture & Stitch

Illustrated talk exploring maps, landscapes and architecture as sources of inspiration for stitched textile designs.

May 13th

Jennifer Hughes

Indian Inspiration

Jennifer will bring along Indian textiles to illustrate her talk

Jun 10th

Show & tell

Founder’s Day

Show & tell and Founder’s Cup Competition

Jul 8th

25th Anniversary Party


Presentation of Chairman’s Challenge Cup – for the best piece of work completed in one of our workshops within the past season.

Cutting of 25th Anniversary Cake.

Also, bring your Unfinished Objects – for some ‘constructive’ opinions!


Workshops 10 am to 4 pm

Oct 22nd

Yvonne Brown

Celtic Tiles. Burning techniques through felt and organza to form a fantastic medium for handstitching.
Nov 26th

Anna Holzer-Mountifield

Machine or messy – to be agreed after Anna’s talk in September

Book covers is an option.

Jan 28th


25th Anniversary/Silver Workshop
Mar 18th

Couture Beading

Tambour beading and embroidery.

Frames for working will be bought along by Diana Vernon and Lesley Coidan.

Jun 24th

Julia McAusland

Stitch your family tree


Residential Weekend at High Leigh, Hoddesdon on 28th to 30th April 2017.                                 Tutors:  Mary McIntosh and Jennifer Hughes

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show, Excel 20th-22nd April 2017

Eastern Regional Day – Saturday 15th July 2017

National Day of Stitch – Early August 2017