Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group

Our new group has welcomed many of the former MEG members and we also  look forward to welcoming new members from all walks of life with an interest in any type of stitchery or a desire to learn all about what we do. Whatever your textile and stitch craft interests are, or levels of ability, the varied programme and opportunities offer something for everyone. Read more  some About Us here. Or Membership Registration here.

Next meeting-  will be held-

Saturday  20th August 2022

coach trip from 10.00am to 6.00pm

NEW DATE! Saturday 10th September 2022 “Create and Use- Practical Stitching Workshop” with Liz Almond. Taking place in All Hallows Centre, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ form 10am – 4pm. Liz will introduce some new stitches to use for hand sewing and you will end the day with a Stitch Dictionary and projects to complete. It will be a precursor for a “Calico Gardens” embroidery workshop next March. The workshop will cost £20 plus £7.50 for the Stitch Dictionary, 5 projects, threads, fabrics and needles. Members will need to bring a small ring or frame and any extra thicker threads or beads that they may like to use to embellish their work. There are only 25 places available. To book your place please pay by BACS, Account No: 01742051, Sort Code: 40-29-03, Account Name: Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group. When you have booked please let Miranda, our Course Booking Officer know on coursebooking@megonline.co.uk

 Saturday 17th September 2022  All Hallows Centre, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group AGM followed by a TALK from Noelle Thomson “Remarkable Dolls in Period Costumes” These dolls are exquisite and only 6 inches tall! Come along and hear why and how she began to make them. Cost £5.  Please pay by BACS, Account No: 01742051, Sort Code: 40-29-03, Account Name: Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group

Visitors from other textile groups are welcome to join us.

Saturday 30th July is World Embroidery Day. To mark the occasion some of our Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group members got together for a “Sip n Stitch”. They had fizz, cake and tea, and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon nattering – not much stitching done but lots of fun and laughter!

We were pleased to welcome Tina Saunders from Needles and Sparkles to lead a workshop on Tambour Embroidery. We all learned a great deal during the day, but discovered that tambour beading is a skill that takes time to master! Tina was a very patient tutor with time to encourage everyone. There are some photographs here……

Tutor’s sample of tambour beading at “Tambour Beading Workshop” with Tina Saunders, July 2022

The June Talk “Fabrics in Fashion from 1780-1880” was given by Rachel Midgley the Curator of the Shuttleworth Textile Collection at Gawthorpe Hall. The Talk was very interesting and we will be able to see some of those textiles when we go the visit Gawthorpe Hall on 20th August. If you would like to see some photographs of the Shuttleworth Textile Collection just click here

slide from “Fabrics in Fashion from 1780-1880 in Gawthorpe Hall Talk by Rachel Midgley, June 2022

Our May 2022 WORKSHOP was “Dry Felt Landscape” with Nicola Hulme. Enjoyed by all who participated with impressive results to go home with. We have some photographs to view here…

“Dry Felt Landscape” workshop with Nicola Hulme at Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group, May 2022

Full 2022 Programme is available to view. Just click on the link…..

In February we visited All Hallows Church, Liverpool to look at the wonderful stained glass windows as an “Inspiration Session for a Competition”. The stained glass windows were created by Edward Burne-Jones and are well worth a visit. In September 2022 there will be an exhibition in All Hallows Church featuring the textile pieces we create from this inspiration. You may wish to make use of the close up views shown here, and if you would like to add any images to this album please send them to Hilary at hilarymccc@live.co.uk. You may take a virtual tour of  the interior of All Hallows Church here…

Some of our committee are taking advantage of the sunshine with a coffee morning at Liverpool Cathedral. It was glorious!

Some of our committee having a social distanced gathering at the Cathedral, May 2021

There is a lovely write-up about NW Regional Day 2021 in the April edition of CONTACT. Read all about it here! https://www.megonline.co.uk/nw-regional-day-write-up/

North West Regional Day 2021 

Saturday 24th April 2021.

Our first ever Virtual North West Regional Day  was a triumph! We had 112 people registered and 103 attendees on the day, which was enjoyed by all. Our Speakers – Linda Miller, the acclaimed Machine Embroidery artist, and Michele Carragher, Principal Costume Embroiderer for Game of Thrones were magnificent. They both shared their work and were a great inspiration to us all. The Rose Bowl and Aurifil competition entries were up to the usual high standard and the winners were announced at the close of the day. The Rose Bowl was won by Sandra Kendal from North Lonsdale branch with PSYCHEDELIC LOVE and the Aurifil Award for Excellence was won by Diane Moore from Merseyside branch with A GLIMPSE OF VENICE. Congratulations to all the winners! Have a look at all the comments and reactions, also the Raffle Prize winners here https://www.megonline.co.uk/nw-regional-day-2021/

1st Prize Winner, PSYCHEDELIC LOVE by Sandra Kendal, North Lonsdale branch, computer printed photos with machine stitch and appliqué, Rose Bowl competition 2021

1st Prize Winner, A GLIMPSE OF VENICE by Diane Moore, Merseyside branch, painted pieced surface, worked by machine and some hand stitching, Aurifil Competition 2021