margarets hare

interpreting sound in fabric & stitch with Debbie Lyddon

interpreting sound in fabric & stitch

with Debbie Lyddon


  debbie lyddon workshop










  ye feb 2016


Friday Evening Meetings

Friday Evening Meetings are held from 7.30pm

Change of Venue:  From 26 May 2017, Kingston and District Branch will no longer be using the Surbiton Library Hall for their Friday evening meetings.  Instead the new venue is as follows:

St Marks C of E Church Hall, Church Hill Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4UG

Surbiton Station is at the bottom of St Marks Hill.

The following buses stop near to the Church Hall:

K1. K2, K4, 281, 418, 406



Friday Evening Programme

27th October 2017 - Janet Matthews - "The Kneelers of Guildford Cathedral: Conformity and Variety"

24th November 2017 – Dorothy Tucker – “Working in All Directions”

Dorothy will talk about the community arts projects she has been involved with, and how these have influenced her own work, and vice versa.

You can watch a video of the project at http://www.harmonyproject.co.uk/



Friday Evening Programme

26th January 2018  New Year's Party

23rd February 2018  - Sophie Long -  ‘The RSN and Beyond’

Sophie’s time at the RSN and what she has done in the years after


23rd March 2018 - Carole Ransom -  ‘The History and Making of Knickers’ Includes samples from 1800 to present day.

27th April 2018 - Della Storr -  ‘Maximo Laura and Woven Colour’

Maximo Laura is one of South America’s most accomplished Tapestry Weavers.  He works with bold colours and designs.



25th May 2018 - Jennifer Hughes -  ‘All Stitched Up’

Quilting, patchwork, and reverse appliqué from around the world.

22nd June 2018 - Members’ Evening (non-members also welcome! it is a great time to try things out and shop and have tea, biscuits and a chat)

27th July 2018 -  Janet Crowther -  ‘Why the Trees are Blue’

The trees in woven tapestries in stately homes are always blue.  Six panels based on tapestries at Knole House.

28th September 2018   AGM
(Members - please send apologies to the AGM, if cannot attend)

26th October 2018 - Anne Kelly -  ‘Folk Tales and the Natural World’

Anne discusses her inspiration over the last 20 years


23rd November 2018 -  “Harriett Riddell -  'In-Stitch-You”/ Adventures with a Sewing Machine' Harriet travels the world with her sewing machine and captures the moving world onto canvas using free motion embroidery.



Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops are held at St John the Baptist Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane, Kingston Vale, SW15 3PY  Map

and normally run from 10.30am - 4.30pm

For details and to book a place on a Saturday workshop,

please contact Caroline Lang



Tel. 020 8224 3008

2018 Workshops:


28th April 2018 -  Sophie Long -  ‘Ribbon Embroidery’

Learn how to embroider using silk ribbons.

23rd June 2018 – Alison Hulme - ‘Love to Print’

Printing with Gellie Plates, Thermofax Screens, Stamps and Stencils.

20th  October 2018 – Carole Waddle, Marina Roussac-Hatton and Sue Salomone -  ‘Frivolous Fabric Flowers’

Stunning flowers from scraps of fabric.



Young Embroiderers

We run a Young Embroiderers group for young people aged 5 to 17. These exciting Saturday afternoon workshops (generally 1.30pm - 3.30pm-see date & times below) explore techniques in stitching and textiles using all sorts of methods. They are fun - and sometimes messy!  *(we ask a parent/adult please accompany)*. £5 each.

The Young Embroiderers will also be taking part in this year's Kingston Branch exhibition at the Kingston Museum  with a year of fairy tale themed workshops - stay tuned for further information!  

Dates for 2017 are: 
Kingston Museum Art Gallery
Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames

11th February 2017 - pin-tuck hearts/finish block-printed bags
11th March 2017 -1.30pm - 3.30pm- mirrors
8th April 2017 - 1.30pm - 3.30pm-Eggs
13th May 2017 - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Spring Meadow
10th June 2017 -1.30pm - 3.30pm - Bears!
8th July 2017- 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Fairies & Ogres
(12th August 2017-National Celebration of Stitch, 1-4pm)
9th September 2017 (11am-1pm)* Exhibition fairy tale books
14th October 2017- 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Forest Friends & Flower Fairies
11th November 2017- 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Trees and poppies

also at the
Kingston Museum:

National Celebration of Stitch,

12th August 2017
Our Exhibition:  Embroiderers' Guild: Bewitched Stitches
13-28 October 2017

For more information e-mail Karen  (YE Leader) at admin@kingstonanddistrictbranch.co.uk

Young Embroiderers’ Guild membership –it is not required for their first session, after that you must join the YE Group with the main HQ. As there is a cost involved, we will help with this by allowing one free session if you show us the membership card HQ will issue. Check out the many benefits of joining -fun ideas and competitions - and membership registration at the website http://www.youngembroiderers.com/



Stitch Saturday (NEW)

Kingston Museum Art Gallery - £5

If you would like a bit of space to spread out and work in peace for a couple of hours- make some felt or paint background fabric etc. or just come and stitch, chat, have some tea and biscuits or maybe cake, this is the perfect time!

For some of the sessions there will be planned mini workshops and demonstrations where you can try out different techniques or materials. 

 Dates for 2017 are: 

Kingston Museum Art Gallery
Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames

11th February 2017 - 1.30pm - 3.30pm
11th March 2017 - 11am - 1pm
8th April 2017 - 11am - 1pm
13th May 2017 - 11am - 1pm
10th June 2017 - 11am - 1pm
8th July 2017- 11am - 1pm
(12th August 2017-National Celebration of Stitch, 1-4pm)
9th September 2017 -11am - 1pm - a YE special  - HELP! come and help complete the Young Embroiderers exhibition pieces please if you are free.
28th  October 2017 - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - see "Special Events" for description.
11th November 2017 - 11am - 1pm - Trees and poppies

Stitchin’ Time    

Creative embroidery classes and interest group run by one of our members:

Stitchin' Time meets at the Long Ditton Village Hall (Upper), 2 Ewell Road, KT6 5LE. Tuesdays, 1pm to start 1.15pm to 4.00pm. 

Learn more about the textile crafts in a friendly group. Beginners are welcome. We work on a wide range of projects geared to suit all abilities. 

Please contact tutor Kate Davis for more details 020 8398 0771 or

Email: kdavis398@aol.com