Beautiful goldwork embroidery

Machine embroidery panel detail inspired by lichen

Textile greeting card using reverse applique techique

Machine contemporary quilt inspired by Ground Zero

Machine embroidery for Capability Brown exhibition

Winchester Embroiderers' Guild welcomes contemporary and traditional textile artists, embroiderers and craft enthusiasts

Next Meeting - Fay Maxwell

Please remember that the Wednesday meeting on 14th March will be held at the Conservative Club where we had our Christmas lunch. The Thursday workshop on 15th March will be at the Dovetail Centre. The Embroidered Textile Artist, Fay Maxwell is going to talk to us about experimental work within traditional embroidery. You can find out more about her on her website www.faymaxwell.co.uk.

Fay has been working in embroidered textiles for more than 20 years. Her inspirational lectures and workshops have gained her a devoted following both in the UK and worldwide.
Her passion lies in taking traditional stitches and techniques, reworking them to create exciting new effects. Using a multiplicity of different threads and fabrics Fay brings a fresh approach to the beautiful art of embroidery.
Fay draws her inspiration from sources ranging from ancient Byzantine art to minimalist Japanese gardens taking in the everyday objects of modern life in between.
Using her extensive knowledge of historic design-sources and techniques, she produces highly original and decorative embroideries that sit easily in the modern home or wardrobe.

Stitching Group

stitching groupThe Stitching Group meets from 10am to noon on the Wednesday morning before the afternoon branch meeting  at The Dovetail Centre, Chandler's Ford. Bring a piece of hand stitching to do while we chat and also any projects that you would like to share with the group - we would love to see what you get up to with your embroidery. If you stay to eat lunch please sit in the Library area and use the exit in this area to leave the room.

Sales Table

Untll we have found a solution to our storage problem we will be running our Sales Table with the "Adopt a Box" Scheme. You can help by bringing a box of textile craft items you no longer want. All money raised will go to Branch Funds. Please remember to take your box home with you at the end of the afternoon. For more infomation please contact Karen.

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WEG Workshops

February Workshop
There one or two places left on Alison Hulme’s printing workshop next Thursday. Please note the venue change – Colden Common Church Hall. The cost is £18 plus £10 for materials, so £28 in total. All you need to bring is a selection of fabrics for printing on.

March Workshop

There are a few places left on Fay Maxwell’s March workshop, ‘Thread to Thread’. Please bring a cheque or cash if you wish to sign up at Wednesday’s meeting. After Wednesday’s meeting any spare places will be offered up to Region.

Thread to Thread
Create a pebbly beach or wildflower meadow. Heavily textured adaptation of the Dorset button, introducing Shisha and French knots on muslin and chiffon overlaid onto a silk background. Adapting traditional stitching techniques using different weights of thread alongside one another to create beautiful effects. You will work towards making mirror or picture frames, encrusted box-tops or small purses.

Equipment List
Piece of silk backed with cotton, size to suit
Selection of sheers, voiles, silk metallic
Variety of hand-stitching threads (stranded cotton, wool, crochet thread etc)
Sewing kit

A mirror pack (for a mirror measuring 11 x 9) includes the mirror and cut card padded frame and all the fabrics required. If you want to make a mirror you can buy this kit on the day for £15.

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Forthcoming Competitions

The theme for this years EG Members challenge is “Underfoot” and the Winchester branch committee has agreed that we will adopt the same theme for the competition for the Dorothy Carbonell Award to be brought to our June 2018 meeting. Members can also enter their work for the National Challenge. The closing date for this is 28th February, details can be found in the Contact magazine on the members' area of the
EG website or download the registration form and details.
The Esme Parker Award for hand stitching will be held in May and is un-themed. Jackie Langfield will be talking at this meeting.

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About Us

The branch is based in Hampshire and was founded in 1963. It is affiliated to the internationally recognised Embroiderers’ Guild, which embraces all areas of embroidery and is proud to be recognised as a voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art. Don't let the "Guild" in our name put you off - there is nothing stuffy or exclusive about us! Textile art covers so much more than just fabric and thread and Winchester Embroiderers' Guild is a lively branch with over 70 members, who have a huge range of interests, experience and skills. Our members enjoy getting together and hearing speakers talk about all sorts of embroidery, textiles and related subjects including:

traditional and contemporary embroidery

mixed media and patchwork

lace, felt and beading

historical and ethnic work

We welcome everyone from complete beginners to experienced textile artists. You can be a traditional hand-stitcher, a machine textile artist who enjoys working on bold and contemporary designs or anything in between. You do not have to be a practising textile artist, just having an interest in textile art will suffice. 

There are monthly meetings as well as a number of workshops every year and an informal stitching group that meets in the morning before branch meetings. We also have two active Young Embroiderers’ Groups who meet in the school holidays. We hold regular competitions, challenges and exhibitions. Click here to see a beautiful embroidery of Winchester completed by Guild members in 1988 that is displayed in the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

Visitors are always made most welcome at our meetings and we hold occasional coffee mornings for new members. Please contact the branch for more information about visiting or joining Winchester Embroiderers' Guild.