We are a friendly group of like minded individuals who enjoy learning new skills, whether it be hand or machine embroidery or mixed media.

We meet at the Masonic Hall in Totnes, Devon between 10.30am and 2pm but hold our "Day Schools" at Harberton Village Hall.





January 20th

 Dainton Golf Club for our Annual Meal. 12.30pm for 1pm. 

February 17th

  • Beyond Weaving and Needle Felting – Sheila Kettle

  • Sheila has taken the workshops held by Jane Smith and Barbara Neale and interpreted them in her own way. If you would like to try these methods again, these are the requirements.



February 13-15th

  Craft4Crafters at Westpoint, Exeter 10am-5pm

  Challenge - Stitched shoreline. A "soft" piece, not backed by a board. Any shape, any medium

March 10th          Alicia Merrett,  Imagining Maps









In this workshop we will explore the world of maps and aerial views, and play with colour, line and shape. The tutor will demonstrate the techniques of strip piecing, fine line piecing and fused appliqué, as applied to the maps. Each participant will design a map to suit their own imagination, and construct it in fabric. Quilting may be started in class but it will need to be finished at home. Instructions will be provided.

March  16th - Gail Tresize, Cotton Reel Stories






Gail is a Ceramic Artist based in Cockington Country Park but being multi-talented, she can also turn her hand to textiles and mixed media... She has made some lovely little scrolls which she is willing to show us how to make.


April 20th    Try some new stitches! with Julia Tapper

Try your hand at some new stitches!!!

You can make a piece of work incorporating stitches. This that could

be used as a piece of work or perhaps a blanket on a toy felt

elephant (pattern will be provided)




May 18th  Maggie - A Medley of Pods (see left)


Make some bright pods using scraps of fabric and embellishments.

Be as bold and blingy as you dare!

Really easy to make. Make one or a group of three.

Idea from Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

June 9th Gary Mills -Landscapes








With supplied images to choose from, you will learn how to transfer these images on to fabric, to then work into them with applique of mixed fabrics

You will explore free machine embroidery to interpret drawn lines and then some hand painted finishing touches, with the use of a hot air gun you can shrink and fuse materials to add a contemporary twist to your outcome, to complete something which you could admire framed.



June 18th -  11 am. TALK by Liz Swinbank on Eco Printing


Eco printing refers to the act of directly applying plants to textiles to alter color, apply color and create interesting designs. Liz has exhibited at Bridwood House, Totnes and is an experienced textile artist

July 16th  - A Take on Kantha  - Maggie










Kantha is originally from India where a simple running stitch along the edges putting worn out and old items together and creating something new. This workshop will incorporate an image with the running stitch. Picture to follow but it will be a similar idea to this picture by Gilli Theokritoff,



September 17th Tassels with Jal and Maggie

A tassel is a finishing feature in fabric and clothing decoration. It is a universal ornament that is seen in varying versions in many cultures around the globe. Wikipedia

Do bring any tassels that you have made.

We will look at various types of tassels and ways of making them.

Jal will show you a simple beaded tassel and Maggie will show you a couple of simple methods for a tassel.

October 13th  - Isobel Moore – Swirls of Colour






We are very lucky to have Isobel. She may be more expensive but I am sure you will find it good value

This is turning into her signature style of work! Learn how to create collaged backgrounds from recycled papers, embellished with bold swirls and swoops of colour, line and texture. Isobel will show you how she stitch curves of fabric, thick threads and trimmings, embellished with beads, sequins and some hand stitch. You will also learn how to make paper “stitchable” to add highlights of text to your work if you wish. 

October 15th Bag Stuffing!

The main focus of this meeting is to fill inspiration bags for the Crafts for Crafters show at Westpoint in February. The income from these bags helps pay for the costs of running the stand such as the electrics. C4C is the main showcase for WCE, enabling us to exhibit our work and inspire visitors to develop their embroidery skills and possibly join WCE.If you are able to make some fabric bags for filling. They should be a maximum 6”x8” with an attached ribbon tie.

Bring along any spare items that you have for putting in the bags such as threads, beads, buttons, interesting fabrics and embellishments.

  • Final arrangements for the AGM at the Ariel Centre

October 24th


  A.G.M at the Ariel Centre, Totnes

November 16th Collapsible Thread Catcher by Barbara Neale









A very useful item that folds up when not in use and keeps loose threads or small items stowed away. Requirements in separate document.


This picture came from quilting Digest but the needle catcher  will be similar.

December 14th

  • Raffle. Don’t forget to bring something to raffle!

  • Show and tell

  • Mince pies


September 21st-23rd



Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show, Exeter,  

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