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Welcome to Merseyside Embroiderers’ Guild

The next meeting of Merseyside Embroiderers’ Guild is on Saturday 15th August 2015.

We will have a WORKSHOP “Four Seasons à la Angie Lewin” with Janet Vance, who is a long-standing member of both Wirral E.G. and Merseyside E.G. We will be using mixed media (including hand stitching) on Lutrador to create an interpretation of Angie Lewin and Laurel-Sage’s work. cost £20 members and £25 visitors. Please contact Helen on email coursebooking@megonline.co.uk to book a place.

WORKSHOP runs from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 15th August 2015 in All Hallows Church hall, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ. Tea & coffee available, please bring packed lunch. Visitors Welcome, but booking is essential.

Phillipa Turnbull has donated a DVD of basic Crewel work stitches to our  collection. Come and browse the box at the party. Vicky has our collection of craft DVD’s at every meeting.

Magna Carta an Embroidery , which is at present on display in London will soon be available to view in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Please see WHATS ON for further details

We had an inspiring TALK from Liz and Alun Evans of Retropattern on Saturday. They showed us their collection of vintage fabrics. To see some photos of the day visit PROGRAMME→WORKSHOPS & TALKS 2015 page…. but here is a preview….

vintage fabric collected by Liz and Alun Evans of Retropattern

vintage fabric collected by Liz and Alun Evans of Retropattern

Our Bursary winners for 2015/2016 have been decided. I do not have the full details yet, but Joint Winner with a student from John Moores University is our own Karen Scott, MEG member and textile degree student of Hope University, Liverpool. Full info and photos will soon appear on BURSARY→BURSARY WINNERS 2015 page……


BeCreative magazine (formerly Workbox) are offering MEG members a discount on bulk subscriptions.

This means that if you order BeCreative from our Guild you will pay £3.00 per copy instead of the cover price of £4.25- saving £1.25 per copy.

BeCreative is published every two months and it is mainly about embroidery. It features articles about textile artists, various types of embroidery, projects to make, book reviews etc. and it is a source of inspiration to anyone interested in textile and needlecraft around the world.

If you are interested in subscribing to BeCreative at £3.00 per copy please contact Vicky at membership@megonline.co.uk to add your name to our list,


Gill Roberts went to NW Regional Day in Chelford and won First Prize in NW Region Rose Bowl Competition 2015 with her embroidered corset. Congratulations Gill!

Merseyside Young Embroiderers submitted a Group Entry to the de Denne Competition. This is a national embroidery competition (named after the founder of the Young Embroiderers section of the Embroiderers Guild). The theme for 2015 was “All that Glistens”, and Merseyside YE embroidered “The Golden Fleece” which is a golden ram with golden horns . The entries have been judged and Merseyside YE has won FIRST PRIZE. Congratulations YE!


this is 'The Golden Fleece', winner of the deDenne national competition for Young Embroiderers 2015. Merseyside YE won First Prize for the Group entry

this is ‘The Golden Fleece’, winner of the deDenne national competition for Young Embroiderers 2015. Merseyside YE won First Prize for the Group entry


Merseyside Embroiderers Guild will soon be in need of a Secretary and a Treasurer to serve on the committee, as these posts  will become vacant in October 2015. Both Sarah and Karen have come to the end of their terms of office. If you would like to find out more about these roles, or would like experience of serving on the committee please contact our Chair Kim Parkman chairman@megonline.co.uk, or Karen Scott (Treasurer) treasurer@megonline.co.uk or Sarah Lowes (Secretary) secretary@megonline.co.uk

When I Am Old

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,

And I shall spend my pension

on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals,

And say we have no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,

And run my stick along the public railings,

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,

And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,

Or only bread and pickle for a week,

And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats

and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,

And pay our rent and not swear in the street,

And set a good example for the children.

Wewill have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?

So people who know me

are not too shocked and surprised,

When suddenly I am old

and start to wear purple!

                                        Jenny Joseph


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