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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 16th March 2024

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 16th March 2024  from 10am-1pm in All Hallows Centre, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ

Saturday 16th March 2024 “An Introduction to Hardanger”  with Tina Saunders

Hardanger heart by Tina Saunders

to be held in All Hallows Centre, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ from 10am-1pm. In our March Workshop Tina Saunders, who trained at the Royal School of Needlework, pays a return visit to introduce us to the Hardanger technique. We will make a heart shape as a foundation for further work for your own designs. Cost £15 for members and £20 for visitors which includes materials. All materials supplied but please bring your own basic sewing kit. Visitors from other groups are very welcome. Please let our Booking Secretary Miranda Farby coursebooking@megonline.co.uk know by 9th March if you will be attending, so that your materials can be prepared.

Saturday 20th April 2024 “Wrapped and Stitched Trees” with Gill Roberts to be held in All Hallows Centre, Greenhill Road, Liverpool L18 6JJ from 10am-1pm.

The technique of ‘wrapped trees’ is an offshoot of drawn thread work.  Instead of just a few

Wrapped and stitched trees by Gill Roberts 2024

strands of fabric being withdrawn, a block of threads are removed and the remaining strands then wrapped and stitched into, using blanket stitch, buttonhole stitch, both plain and textured threads to create the illusion of trees.  These can then be further embellished with other stitches such as French knots, beads, and laid over either a plain background, a piece of painted silk, or further layers to create a landscape. Free to members and cost £5 for visitors. No special supplies needed – just your regular kit with a small pair of sharp scissors, a small hoop or frame about 6”/15cm, and a larger-sized needle to help remove the threads (a tapestry needle is ideal).  If you have a particular textured thread you don’t know what to do with (if like me, bought because you loved the look without a thought for what you might use it for!) then bring it along. I will provide the background fabric for you to work your sample, which will be hessian for the first piece rather than linen as the threads are more visible whilst you learn the technique.  Visitors from other groups are always welcome. Please let our Booking Secretary, Miranda Farby (coursebooking@megonline.co.uk) know by 12th April if you are attending, so we can prepare enough materials and refreshments.

We had a full day one Saturday in February with a morning Workshop and an afternoon Talk. In the morning Miranda Farby showed us how to make artistic flowers and trees starting with a basic Dorset button base. This was enjoyed by all and we produced some lovely creations. See some photographs here… of the buttons our talented members made.

samples of Dorset buttons by Miranda Farby, Feb 2024

samples of Dorset buttons by Miranda Farby, Feb 2024


Our afternoon speaker in February was Katie Tyson with her Talk “A  Journey Into Print and Pattern”. Katie Tyson, a very talented local textile artist, based on the Wirral, was speaking about and showing some of her work.  The talk traced her development from painting on textiles to designing materials for sale in made-up pieces for Etsy and exhibition sales. Her work has featured in the Oxton Art Fair and has been sold all over the world. we have lots of photographs here ….

work by Katie Tyson from "A Journey Into Print and Pattern" Talk by Katie Tyson, Feb 2024

work by Katie Tyson from “A Journey Into Print and Pattern” Talk by Katie Tyson, Feb 2024


Enjoy a warm welcome on Tuesdays from 10.30am-1.30pm

Free 10 week sewing course from 23rd January-26th March 2024

Kirkby Gallery, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY

Learn a selection of stitches and hand sewing techniques to transform garments, repair and repurpose old favourites. Bring along some pieces of clothing you would like to mend or embellish, and any treasured scraps, buttons or trimmings you have kept for a rainy day. We’ll provide the needles and thread, as well as refreshments and hot soup for lunch. The sessions will be led by professional textile artists Nawal Gebreel and Lucianne Canavan. You will be guided in the art of creating something new from something old, whilst enjoying free refreshments.

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

Beverley Saville came to Merseyside Expressive Stitchers’ Group on two consecutive Saturdays with her “Create a Textile Collage” workshop. Those who attended had fun creating a fabric background and then a decorative floral foreground with her expert assistance. We have some photographs to show you. Have a look at Workshops and Talks 2023 on the headings bar.

student’s work in progress at “Create a Textile Collage” Workshop with Beverley Saville, July 2023

For further information about our fund raising event  for Sreepur please click on the link

We spent a very enjoyable day playing with sari silk on the “Creating with Sari Silk” workshop led by Diane Moore. We will create small decorative pouches, but so far everyone has a work in progress. Looking forward to seeing the finished pouches! We have some photographs of the day available here….

student's work in progress at "Creating with Sari Silk"

student’s work in progress at “Creating with Sari Silk” workshop with Diane Moore, Feb 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