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Our  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 on-

Saturday 15th June 2024


Saturday 15th June 2024 “Sustainability Day ” with Emma Summerscales. to be held in All Hallows Centre, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ from 10am-4pm. Emma is a local textile artist and fashion designer, based in Toxteth. She has exhibited her work at the Open Eye Gallery and the Tobacco warehouse in Baltic triangle.

10am- 12pm TALK “Emotional Durability: a New Perspective on Sustainability”. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the factory collapse in Bangladesh, where over a thousand garment workers were killed.They were all making clothes for Western fashion brands. The textile industry’s climate impact is also a cause for great concern: it drains natural resources, pollutes water sources and over-produces garments that then end up in landfill. Emma believes that we all need to fall in love with our clothes again as a way to reduce consumption and will suggest inventive ways that we can do our bit. Cost: Talk: £5 for members, £8 for visitors Booking is not required for the talk, but would help us to judge the amount of refreshments that will be needed on the day. 

12pm – 1pm LUNCH

1pm- 4pm WORKSHOP Emma will demonstrate how the traditional Japanese mending techniques of sashiko and boro can be used to mend your favourite clothes in new and inventive ways. This works best on jeans or shirts that have a woven texture, but can be used on any fabric that has ripped or has worn away and needs reinforcing. Bring your own clothes or try the techniques on some samples that Emma will bring. Using these techniques will not only give you a new way of stitching, but create individual pieces (your own designer clothes!) and help to protest against disposable fashion. Cost: Workshop: £15 for members, £20 for visitors. 

For the workshop, please bring any clothing that you wish to mend, and a basic sewing kit. If you wish to just practise the techniques, sample materials will be provided, and threads are available, if required. If you are staying for the whole day, please bring a packed lunch, but refreshments are provided throughout the day for a donation of £1.

Booking: IMPORTANT FOR WORKSHOP ATTENDEES. As our recent workshops have been heavily subscribed, please book your place early through our Course Booking Secretary, Miranda Farby coursebooking@megonline.co.uk. Booking will close after 20 places have been filled or by 10th June 2024, so that enough materials can be prepared for attendees on the day. You will be placed on a waiting list if the workshop is oversubscribed.

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  • ACC.NAME. Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group

You can see more of Emma’s work at www.emmasummerscales.co.uk 


The May 2024 Workshop saw the return of Tina Saunders with “Hardanger 2”, a follow on from the work we did with her in March. Tina is an excellent, patient tutor who guided us through the mysteries of this technique. Some photos available here …

sample of Hardanger by Tina Saunders at "Hardanger 2" workshop, May 2024

sample of Hardanger by Tina Saunders at “Hardanger 2” workshop, May 2024

 

Our April Workshop was led by the ever-popular tutor Gill Roberts. We began to create  “Wrapped and Stitched Trees” under her expert guidance and had a very enjoyable day. You can see some photos of the day here…

Gill Roberts is our tutor today for "Wrapped and Stitched Trees" Workshop, April 2024

Gill Roberts is our tutor today for “Wrapped and Stitched Trees” Workshop, April 2024


 Tina Saunders came in March to introduce us to the technique of Hardanger. We spent a very enjoyable morning sewing, cutting threads and creating a heart in Hardanger. Tina is a very patient tutor who enabled us all to succeed. For more photographs of the day please click here…

Tina Saunders demonstration at Hardanger workshop, March 2024



 

MEsG Christmas Party 2023

Early in December we held our Winter Party in All Hallows Centre. Just click here to see more photographs of the day.

It was good to see that so many members braved the weather to attend our Winter Social on Saturday. Although a shorter time than we usually have, it was enough to get together for a good chat, some Christmas food and a browse of the stalls and competitions. Our stitch competition produced a good number of pieces of work, all of them of such a high standard that voting was difficult. Congratulations to Eileen Sampson for her excellent example of blackwork, on winning the competition. We would like to thank not only our attendees but those who did so much behind the scenes to make it a success. Thank you to all of you for helping to make the jolly atmosphere on a wild and windy day. Please do keep an eye on our website for updates on the programme for next year. We look forward to meeting up in January and would like to wish you all a good Christmas break and best wishes for 2024.   Kim and Michele.


At last we can see the completed banners for Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ group. Many thanks go to all members who embroidered the beautiful squares, and thanks to those members who spent hours assembling the banners and doing the final stitching towards completion. We are very happy with the final result.



Sunday 30th July 2023 was World Embroidery Day

Pauline and Michele, World Embroidery Day 2023


.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