Stitchery Evening - by June

Julia had a long scroll of notices to keep us in touch with what's going on in the quilting world and to get us thinking about deadlines for our forthcoming exhibition. It was good to hear that Margaret Penn's quilt had been raffled for £350 and those interested in paper-piecing should have a look at 

Julia then introduced us to the subject of stitchery and redwork and demonstrated ways in which it can be used to add another dimension to our quilts, cushions, bags and all manner of gifts.  There were some lovely examples on display, many beautifully stitched by Julia herself (how does she do it all?). Other members had also brought in exquisite examples of their own work, as well as amazing pieces from the related fields of blackwork and goldwork.  It was truly inspiring to see the varied talents of our members. 

To help us look further into the subject of stitchery, four new books had been purchased for the library, three featuring the work of Lynette Anderson and one entitled 'Shadow Redwork'.All of them look very attractive and are available for members to borrow. Other relevant books suggested were: 

Sweet Sentiments by Natalie Bird 
Stitched with Love by Mandy Shaw (who also runs workshops in Hailsham) 
The Hand-Stitched Home by Carolyn Zoob 

All available on Amazon or Wordery. 

Patterns which were on display are produced by Bareroots, available from some websites or Thread Bear, House on the Hill, Patch and Patched, and Cinderberry Stitches. 

Useful websites for patterns and Lynette Anderson fabrics are and 

After the theory we got down to the practice and set about making our own stitchery labels from a variety of patterns provided. Perle no 8 was recommended with a no 24 chenille needle.  The usual quilters hum prevailed while we sewed and chatted, and for once we had to be persuaded to break off to have our cup of tea. 

The Show and Tell confirmed what talented people we have among us and four more quilts were donated to Project Linus.Well done us!