Wednesday, 4 February 2015


We are about to set off on our new programme for 2015.

Our first meeting is a stitch evening on 16th February learning Manx Patchwork from our secretary, Gemma.

Gemma always manages to come up with interesting projects for us, our last stitch evening in September we had a Dorset Buttons workshop.

Last February Christina our previous chairman showed us how to do hardanger and Gemma made some beautiful little hanging ornaments.

Our stitch evenings are also a good opportunity for a Show and Tell and if you have any projects that you are working on and would like some help there is always someone who will be pleased to offer advice.    This will be followed by another felting workshop a few days later on 20th February this time with Alison Hemmings.

Watch the blog for photos of these and the rest of our activities over the coming year.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Christmas Competition

Our Christmas meeting is always very enjoyable with a quiz provided by Judith, everyone brings a plate of food or drinks and also there is our Christmas Competion.  Is is always amazing the variety of entries we have.  This year the theme was Christmas Trees.  It didn't matter how we interpreted the theme, it was totally up to the individual.  I think the photos show the degree of imagination within our branch.  The winning entry is decided by a vote taken by putting a coin or button in the cup next to the entry. The one that has the most coins in their cup is the winner. 

The Winning Entry

Monday, 2 February 2015

Our History 1992 - Present


If you have been following our blog to this point you will see that we are a very happy and active branch with members who have lots of imagination and enthusiasm.  You may have seen our tablecloth laid out at our exhibitions and wondered about it so I thought it would be a good time to document a little of our history.

Our branch was formed in 1992 after a meeting of local embroiderers led by Pam Lander-Brinkley.  It was decided a group was needed in the Fareham area and they were completely overwhelmed when over 80 members turned up at the first meeting in the Neville Lovett Community School in Fareham.

The first speakers were all local embroiderers who gave of their time to get the group going.  Workshops were established and we went from strength to strength.

To celebrate that first year  a cake was made in the shape of an embroidery hoop, and it was displayed on a cloth embroidered with everyones signature.

To mark the 15th Anniversary year we added an under cloth with all the new and present members stitched around the bottom of the hem.

You can just see the under cloth with some of the signatures in the picture below, 

We no longer have the number of members that we had in those days but our group continues to be happy and successful and it is interesting to read the cloth and fondly remember the members who are no longer with us.

Travelling Books

Travelling Books have been a great source of interest. It’s a real buzz to see what has been created each month.

  These books are like a round robin, A5 books are swapped between groups of 6 people within our branch  Each person is then given the opportunity to decorate a page with their own embroidery/artwork on the theme set by the owner of the book unless there is no theme in which case you can give your imagination free reign. The book is then passed on to the next person.   Once all 6 people have contributed a piece of work over a period of time the book is eventually returned to the owner as a wonderful keepsake.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Warchild Project

We are also working hard to create a panel for the Embroidery of the Century for the Warchild Charity

Our year is 1927 and we are gradually bringing it together. In the true spirit of the Embroiderer’s Guild the pleasure is in working with a group of friends and also knowing that it will promote a very worthwhile charity.

Further information on the Embroidery of the Century project can be found here.

2014 Exhibitions and Roses from the Heart

In April we took part in Portchester’s Art and Craft Show.

 Our display was very well received and  a good preparation for our biannual exhibition in August

Ironically the day chose to be the wettest after a prolonged dry spell and we opened in a torrential downpour. The day was National Stitch Day and we had planned to invite visitors to sit and stitch outside in the sunshine. Never mind. The day was a great success and a lovely opportunity to show off our members’ skill and imagination.

We are a busy bunch. Some of us have stitched bonnets for the Roses from The Heart project.


If you would like to read more about the whole project you can click  here, the link should take you to the main Embroiderer's Guild website.