Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group

Our new group will be welcoming 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-

Until we can return to our meeting place in All Hallows we are holding regular Zoom meetings  with talks by various interesting speakers.

On 15th May 2021 we have a WORKSHOP  with Helen Barnes “Vietnamese Patterns” This will be a full day event on Zoom. From 10am12midday, then a break, then from 2pm4pm.

It will begin with a short talk on Vietnamese textiles, followed by a chance to stitch some of the patterns on a small piece, such as a bookmark. In the afternoon we will check up on progress and ask questions, and also make a tassel for the end of the bookmark. A requirements list and motif charts will be sent out before the workshop.We welcome members of other textile groups to join us.

Please let Sarah coursebooking@megonline.co.uk know if you are interested and she will send you the Zoom link. Cost for this workshop is £15. Due to a delay caused by the bank in setting up our new group account, payment for this workshop will be made by BACS directly to our Treasurer. Account name is Mrs EA Sampson, Sort Code 16-24-06, Account Number 13638599. Please ensure that you put your name as a reference on the payment.

Start-Up Challenge 2021

As we go forward with our new identity, we thought it might be nice to have a start-up challenge in which all our members and supporters can participate. The pieces won’t be judged, but they will be on display at our Afternoon Tea Party in August. Then we hope to join all the pieces together to form a border for a new banner!

You will be given an A5 piece of glorious orange fabric and you can use what ever techniques you please to make a design or picture. BUT, you must include – 1. a heart, 2. an animal, or bird, or butterfly or flower, 3. a sky blue thread, 4. a lime green thread 5. a metallic thread 6. a knot stitch. So there is the challenge!! You can see lot more info about how to get your fabric etc here Start Up Challenge

 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

Chair’s Chat for May 2021 is available, just click the link

We have lots of Stitchery items for sale for donations only. Just click on the link Stitchery Items and have a look. If you see something of interest contact Vicky chairman@megonline.co.uk and she will let you know where to collect them.