After a long time meeting on Zoom, we started meeting in person again, initially during outdoor events in July and August. Since then we have been meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, Ilex Way, Goring. The venue is spacious so we can socially distance and keep well ventilated. The committee will assess each month whether it seems advisable to meet in person indoors, depending on government guidelines and also taking into account our responsibilities to each other. The committee will consider what precautions we should all take in order for members to feel safe. Members will be emailed with any changes to events, venues etc. If you are a new member who is considering coming to a meeting, do contact us first to check whether we are meeting in person that month or on Zoom.
January 11th: a Zoom talk by Jane Robinson (group member) ‘What shall I make? Ideas for creativity during lockdown’. Website: http://www.janerobinsontextiles.co.uk/
February 9th: a Zoom talk by Jenny Adin-Christie RSN Embroiderer. See Jenny’s website here: https://jennyadin-christieembroidery.com/
March 9th: a Zoom talk by Katie Essam, mixed-media textile artist. See Katie’s website here: http://www.katie-essam.co.uk/
April 13th: a Zoom talk by Caroline Nixon, textile artist specialising in botanical printing techniques. See Caroline’s website here: https://www.handmadetextilesbycaroline.co.uk/
May 11th: a Zoom talk by Abigail Mill, Embroidered Artwork. See Abigail’s website here https://abigailmill.co.uk/
June 8th: a Zoom talk by Sue Bush (Southdowns Creative Stitch member) on Bags, Boxes and Books, including techniques and construction.
22nd June 2021: Garden Sale (postponed to 16th July due to weather)
13th July 2021: Picnic at Glebelands Community Centre, Greystoke Road, Worthing
16th July 2021: Garden Sale of textile-related items including fabric, print-blocks, books etc.
10th August 2021: Garden Meeting at Findon Village Hall. Pop-up exhibition of members’ work during lockdown, tea and cake, Sit and Stitch. Sale table of print-blocks from Colouricious, fabrics and bric-a-brack.
14th September 2021: Monthly meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, Sea Lane, Ilex Way, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing BN12 4UZ. Speaker: Richard Box, Textile Artist, Painter and Embroiderer. See Richard’s website here http://www.richardbox.co.uk/
12th October: Monthly meeting at Mary’s Church Hall, Sea Lane, Ilex Way, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing BN12 4UZ: Sit and Sew.
14th and 15th October 2021: Two-day workshop with Alex Waylett. Alex has been to us before, and her workshop was so well-liked that by popular request we invited her back to teach a different technique. Members will receive an email telling them when bookings are open. Places reserved for members only. See Alex’s website: https://alexandrawaylett.com/
9th November 2021: Monthly meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall, Sea Lane, Ilex Way, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing BN12 4UZ. Talk by Julia Brown on landscape embroidery.
14th December 2021: Monthly meeting: Christmas Sit and Sew.
The monthly sub-groups (below) are now meeting in person again.
The Workshop Group
Now meeting on the third Thursday of the month (from 16th September) in the Marriott Scout Hut, Mulberry Lane, Goring, from 10-4. Before lockdown this group also met for an additional Thursday each month, and this may be reinstated if the group wants to meet more often. This member-led group works on different techniques, or projects from Stitch Magazine or elsewhere. Projects are usually mainly stitch-based. The group also undertakes group projects for charity, for example making Dignity quilts for the hospital and fiddle-quilts for people with Alzheimer’s etc. See more detailed programme here: Thursday-Workshop-programme-21_22.pdf Contact Linda Hoddy if you’d like to come along.
TRADITIONAL EMBROIDERY GROUP (sometimes referred to as TRADS)
This group meet to learn and enjoy traditional stitch techniques. Held on alternate Mondays from 2-4pm at the Meeting House, 34 Mill Rd., Worthing BN11 5DR. Currently in a member’s garden, and from 13th September at the Quaker Meeting House. Subjects are decided within the group, but may include techniques such as blackwork, silk shading, Hardanger, cross stitch, crewelwork etc. For details and programme Contact Anne Turner
NEW GROUP: MIXED MEDIA
This is a new group that started in September 2021. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 11am-4pm at Glebelands Community Centre, Greystoke Road, Goring. The group experiments with different mixed media techniques, for example print, batik, paper-making, dyeing, heat-processes, 3D constructions etc., (the sessions may or may not involve stitch). The group is limited to 20 and is currently full, but talk to Jane Baskerville if you would like to put your name on the waiting list.
We have a special relationship with Parham House in Sussex. During the summer, members attend the house once per week to sit and stitch, and talk to the public. During the summer exhibition of historic embroideries, we normally have two members attending on each day that the house is open. Lockdown sadly prevented this from happening in 2020 and 2021, but we would be very pleased if it can start again in 2022. It is a delightful way to spend an afternoon!