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-

Saturday 19th February from 11am -2pm

“Inspiration Session for a Competition” VISIT from 11am -2pm. We will visit All Hallows Church, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ to make sketches and take

Angels of Paradise by Edward Burne-Jones, 19th century stained glass, Church of All Hallows, Allerton, Liverpool

photographs of the Byrne-Jones and William Morris stained glass windows. Then we will assemble in in All Hallows Centre for refreshments and a discussion and ideas session to see how our sketches can be transformed into a piece of textile work. There will be lots of books and samples to look at for inspiration. The finished piece will be part of an exhibition in All Hallows Church and then judging will take place at our AGM in September. Cost £3.  Please pay by BACS. Payee Account -Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group. Payee Account Number 01742051. Payee Sort Code -40-29-03. When you have paid please inform Miranda, our Course Booking Secretary (email, coursebooking@megonline.co.uk  ). If you are unable to pay by BACS please pay at the door but still let our Course Booking Secretary know you are intending to come.

Please bring the following: Sketch book, paper and pencil or any drawing material you may wish to use. Coloured pencils, watercolour paints, brushes – ALL OPTIONAL. Camera or Phone camera. Any resource books you may have on stained glass, Arts and Crafts or designers in that period. A bite to eat if you wish. A sunny disposition and an expectation of enjoyment!!

We look forward to a great meet up and a collaborative exchange of ideas and possibilities…..

We hope to see you there.

Exciting news! The first 3 months of the 2022 Programme are ready to view! Just follow the link…

Tina Saunders, who was trained in the RSN, and later became Dressmaker to the Queen, gave us a very interesting Talk at our January meeting. You can view some photographs of her work here if you missed it. We had a very enjoyable day among friends with Covid rules observed. Our delayed Christmas Competition “From Postcard to Stitch” was also judged today, and there were lots of beautiful entries to look at. Each member was send a postcard of a classic painting, which they had to interpret in their own way. Have a look here to see the winners and all entries.

Gill Roberts won 1st Prize in the “From Postcard to Stitch” competition, January 2022

Early on in 2021 when we first became Merseyside Expressive Stitchers Group, we had our “Start Up Challenge”. Those who wished to take part were given an A5 rectangle of bright orange fabric, with certain stipulations on what had to be included, and made an image of choice which will eventually be made up into a banner for our new group. Well, lots of the pieces are complete, and I am sure the banner making will soon commence!

We invited Elizabeth Almond to run her “Sacred Geometry” Workshop at our November meeting. We were very inspired by her wide knowledge and input of ideas , and loved to see all her wonderful samples of stitchery. We all spent a most enjoyable day hand designing and hand sewing. There are some photos of the day to view here……

sample by Elizabeth Almond at “Sacred Geometry” Workshop with Elizabeth Almond, Nov 2021


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