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




27th January 2017 - New Year's Party

24th February 2017 – Caroline Washington – “The Beauty of Mogul Gardens”

The talk is illustrated with photographs of domestic and formal gardens in Cairo, Shalimar and the Taj Mahal spreading the idea of tranquillity and relaxation.  The Moguls (or Moghuls, or Mughals) not only influenced the design of gardens but were also great patrons of the decorative arts and textiles. 

24th March 2017 – Wendy Lowes – “From Cathedral Windows to Origami”

-A short history of an on-going research into the origins of cathedral window patchwork followed by slides showing how this work has evolved into other folding techniques.  There will be examples on display and a demonstration of one of the folding techniques.

28th April 2017 – Ann Sillifant – “An Obsession with Trees”


From lacy vessels to foliage faces, much of her work ‘stems’ from trees.  Showing the use of silk, paper, soluble machine embroidery and stitching on paper.

26th May 2017 – Paul Henry - “Fleece to Pleats”


Paul makes kilts in the traditional style containing about 8 yards of woolen fabric with knife pleats and also contemporary kilts containing 5-6 yards of denim or cotton.  There are thousands of tartans to choose from, hundreds of tweeds, and “millions” of other fabrics which would make wonderful kilts.

23rd June 2017– Members' Evening, (non-members also welcome! it is a great time to try things out and shop and have tea, biscuits and a chat)

* A display of members’ historical and interesting items (Please bring along any interesting, weird & wacky, sewing treasures for our display table)

*A display of work by Kate’s “Stitchin’ Time” class

* Suitcase sales (free entry to members)

* Easy lino cutting and printing with Karen.

* Demonstration of needlefelting by Carole.

* Stumpwork with Caroline for the band around Pandora’s Box

NB This programme might possibly change.


28th July 2017 – Matthew Storey – “Textiles in Renaissance Paintings”

Matthew works at Hampton Court Palace.  His talk will look at textiles in art.  These can often be identified, and even compared to surviving examples.  Understanding the meaning and significance of textiles, enhances our understanding of these works of art.

22nd September 2017– AGM (Members - please send apologies to the AGM, if cannot attend)

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/



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


26th November 2016Liz Ashurst -

"Inspiration from European Folk Art"

An opportunity to create a piece of hand or machine embroidery based on a simple folk art motif such as a heart, figure, deer, flower, vase etc.  This could be developed into a small panel, purse or decoration for a bag or cushion.  Liz will bring a selection a reference material but please bring any examples which you may have including photographs or reference books.


18th March 2017 – Carole Waddle – “Sew-What Paper “

This is an opportunity to get out those pieces of different papers that you have been hoarding and put them to use.  By painting them with acrylic paints, texture gels, inks and other colouring media, you will create a variety of papers that can be torn, cut, collaged and stitched into to create an interesting and unique piece of ‘artwork’.

17th June 2017 – workshop *****cancelled****


16th September 2017 – Linda Miller – “3D Machine Embroidery”


Students will have the opportunity of embroidering onto magical soluble fabric using a sumptuous array of threads in a variety of colours, thicknesses and metallic sparkle.  When the embroidery is completed the fabric is submerged into water and disappears creating wonderful objects in 3D and colour.


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)*.

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
10th June 2017 -1.30pm - 3.30pm
8th July 2017- 1.30pm - 3.30pm
(12th August 2017-National Celebration of Stitch, times tba)
9th September 2017 (11am-1pm)*
14th October 2017- 1.30pm - 3.30pm
11th November 2017- 1.30pm - 3.30pm

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’ membership –it is not required but we would love it if you could 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, time tba)
9th September 2017 -11am - 1pm
28 October 2017 - 1.30pm - 3.30pm
11th November 2017 - 11am - 1pm

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