Category Archives: Members’ Work

Hearts, Luggage Tabs, Flying Geese and New Arrivals

Ruth : My January sewing finished project. I made 120 flying geese 0.5″x0.75″. The finished square is 14″

Hearts : Jeanne,Sue and Helen

Luggage Tabs and Rolls undertaken following January Zoom meeting.

Elizabeth talks about her ideas and inspiration:

I have been busy making Suffolk puffs the last few days. It’s making me want to make 2 sets of tags as I can’t always decide what colour scheme to use. I have made last weeks button tag but now want to make a Suffolk puff one.

I have used this style a few years ago. I bought a book on Kantha stitch 5 years ago at Knitting and Stitching and made a sweet picture of poppy and seed heads. I was then hooked on the plain stitching method with a hand stitched quilt in mind. (In my dreams for now!)

I then found on Pinterest Jude Hill – Spirit Cloth and was amazed at her work. I think it imprinted on my mind and with my love of Angie Lewin, then, Anne Brookes starting her vintage courses, here I am finding my own style.

Val has described the stitching she used each week of the challenge to date; week1 is white, week 2 hearts,week 3 fabric strips, week 4 flystitch,week 5 fabricstrips,week 6 buttons.

For those who may have been inspired by the above project this is an ongoing exercise on YouTube. Details and link on January EYES post.

Hilary G welcomes a new grandchild.

Christmas 2020

Joyce D.

Hello, a picture of two goldwork projects just finished. They are the initials of my daughter and son. Hoped to get them framed before Christmas but do not think that is going to happen! The C is couched gold jap with silk embroidery thread for flower, leaves and tendrils. Padded leather for the butterfly outlined in a cord. The R is laid cord and small bugle beads.

Lesley R

Here are some of the Christmas cards I have been making.

Happy Christmas everyone

Susan B This Advent Calendar was a kit from Emma’s.

Lyn L

I’m attaching pics of what I’ve been making most recently, although not so much for Christmas itself. Decorations like the cats and dogs attached are but mostly I’ve been making little bears, dogs and cat cuddlies to donate to Womens’ refuges.Merry Christmas

Jackie P

Here are the ornaments I have made for Christmas. The pictures are the front and the patterns, the back


I made these decorations for grandchildren as we usually do decorations together but obviously couldn’t this year. They all have 2020 on the back so they will remember in years to come.

Crocheted Christmas wreath completed in 2019.

Jeanne C ‘A few things made in Lockdown’

Judy’s Christmas makes.

Hilary G Quilted cards and Bunting.

Dorothy has completed this quilt.

Pat C A Mantle Hanger from a pattern by the late Pauline Ineson, and then four beaded Christmas Baubles from Spellbound Beads books. 

Val B

As requested photos of my Christmas Quilt completed recently and the Christmas cards inspired by Jayne’s demonstration last month.

Pat J Lockdown firescreen and embroidered table cloth.

Knitting and stitching self portrait competition.

The challenge was issued a few months ago. In a time when we were unable to come together for our usual live events, they wanted to find another way to keep the craft community inspired with a creative project that would bring everyone together.They received over two-hundred unique entries from crafters of all ages and abilities from around the world. 

I would like to pass on my congratulations to Annette for her inspiring entry. I was interested in her planning, construction and methods that she explained to us in November. I had great fun looking at all the entries seeing the many different techniques, presentations, each one unique.
Annette, I hope you are proud of yourself, I certainly love your work. Well done.

Jacky’s Woodland Inspirations

image 1, inspired by a walk and sketch in Burton Bushes, Beverely Westwood.  Gustav Klimt did many paintings of woods so wall-hanging was created with his work in mind.

image 2, I woke with this image from a dream really clearly in my head and I tried to reproduce my imaginings

image 3, inspired by a sketch drawn out in a wood, I created my own wood and then turned it into a wall-hanging using strips of cloth for the bark texture and random patterned cloth for the trees.

Christmas quilt, cat blankets, fireside bumper and Christmas tree of hats.

Val W Christmas Quilt

My twelve days of Christmas quilt. Another UFO finished

I had everything ready for the quilt top but how could I back it when I couldn’t go shopping? Then inspiration,  I used all my spare material plus a half meter bargain purchase that fitted in so well. A good way to deplete my stash. 

Huguette has been using up her stash of knitting wool to create cat nests and blankets for charity.

Muriel ready for winter weather with her Christmas tree of Knitted Beany Hats.

Hilary G

Keeping grandson safe a stitcher uses her artistic flair to create a street scene to be used with toy cars.Included in the scene the local supermarket and Daddy’s workplace. Other local landmarks also appear on this wonderful fireside bumper.

Cute crocheted Christmas Reindeer make up the second piece Hilary has been working on.

T shirt quilt, Phone cushions and Flamingo Bingo!

Barbara B.

Making this quilt really tested maths and sewing skills to achieve the finished size required as the shirts were all different sizes . Also mixing woven  and thin  knitted fabrics  was challenging.

Phone holders


Two toilet bags and two iPhone stands and one iPad stand I have produced during lockdown.

Flamingo Bingo!

Jayne G

When asked what she would like for her 8th birthday, my granddaughter requested “something knitted by Nana”. Now, as flattered as I am by this (and I’m sure there will come a time when it won’t be ‘cool’ to have anything made by Nana) my first thought was “What can I knit for a child who has lately become decidedly fussy about what she wears?” Then I remembered that I have the book ‘ Knitted animal scarves, mitts and socks by Fiona Goble’. It’s a lovely book with lots of very cute patterns to suit children of all ages, and there on pages 88 and 89 I found the perfect idea!

Let me explain – all the classes at my granddaughter’s school have names taken from nature, so she has been a caterpillar, a lion, a zebra and is now a flamingo. Bingo! If she’s half as happy with her scarf as I am, I will be more than pleased 🙂

September October 2020

Keeping in touch during Covid times. Val W.

Christmas place mats

Jenny Rayments Scrappy Zappy Doo for my granddaughters 13th birthday. 

She spent lockdown re designing her room.

We also baked together,  I have created a recipe book and written in all the recipes we used .I have made a quilted envelope to keep it safe.

Maureen; “I found this free pattern online but had to adapt it to suit the yarn which was bought from Emma at Knit One Stitch One.”

Crochet Top for her granddaughter.
Not embroidery but crochet, a Dreamcatcher

Hilary G A cushion for a Ruby Wedding gift and an experimental piece.

Quilt as you go hanging; Sunflowers 9 ways. Experimenting with different forms of patchwork and quilting.

Huguette’s Cat Blanket and Quilts

“Here are two bits I made for donating to Caring for Cats since I have run out of thick yarn to do cat nests. The reversible quilt for a cat (19 x 23″)  is made with scraps of flannel and the crocheted granny squares baby blankets (32 x 35″) of leftovers of mostly acrylic DK yarn. I’m working on several Linus quilts but as usual, they are just tops so far.”

UFOs completed, Pugin the Peacock, and masterclasses undertaken.

Susan B.

I have been experimenting with vegetable dyeing. The cotton bags are the results of different batches of onion skin dye, with wax resist. The old T-shirt is avocado stone dye.
It is a pretty pink but I have not had time to judge whether it is a stable colour. The recipe was to carefully wash avocado stones and a cleaned avocado skin, black when ripe, not the green variety. Heat these slowly in a pan of water, or the resulting colour will be brown. Then the length of time dipped in the brew will affect the shade. Hang up to dry on a plastic hanger.

Susan has also completed her crosstitch based on work by Rachel Ruysch.

Sarah P Banner and Peacock Firescreen

Pugin the peacock:

I saw a beautiful glass peacock firescreen while out on a coach trip with our local ladies group. I loved it, but it was far too small and delicate for my fireplace, and very expensive. On the same trip, we saw an exhibition which included a group project, where everyone makes part of the picture in different techniques. It got me thinking that I could combine those two ideas. Apart from the peacock blue felt, he was made from various scraps. Each feather uses a different technique. It took a while to think of enough ideas, as the only stiffening I used was pelmet Vilene and dowelling. Many of the ideas I saw relied on the feather pointing downwards, which wouldn’t work. There’s knitting, patchwork, quilting, drawn thread work, crewel embroidery, ribbon weaving, needle lace, felting, machine embroidery, and even a bit of fair trade raffia.  You wouldn’t believe how many people have asked me why I don’t call him Penelope. Because he is a peacock. Ah.  

The banner:

My living room is the ground floor of a windmill. The previous owners decided they needed an extra bathroom on the top floor, so the pipes for that, and the central heating, meander untidily up the wall. Everyone said they needed boxing in, but we left it until all the work that might need access to those pipes had been done. Given that the inside of an industrial building from 1798 is far from smooth, the wall is curved, and it slopes inward at about 85 degrees, boxing it in sounds to me like an expensive job, which is never going to lie flat against the wall, and would look boring. So there must be a better way. This banner starts with a picture of the mill when it still had its sails, and then has a timeline showing local relevant events, and the names of the millers and the owners, as far as I have been able to trace them. Some of my dates are the nearest I have got so far, but when the scale is a decade to the width of a jelly roll strip, historical accuracy is a luxury. I filled the spaces on the timeline with relevant embroidery. The section at the bottom is a compromise. It looked silly with just the “raw” hessian, but I wasn’t going to put much effort into it, as it is mainly behind furniture. I filled it in with some windmill related machine patchwork with leftover strips, and some drawn thread work at the bottom. I liked the idea of using hessian, as this room was where the flour was put into the sacks (although not with this loosely woven Hobbycraft stuff!). 

Val W Folded Circles

These pieces are from an NEC Jenny Rayment Masterclass

Helen M Japanese Folded Patchwork

Helen made this for her sister’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary the reverse has a button closure, detailed in the slideshow below.

Hilary G “Quilting is keeping me sane”.

Hilary has sent in details of two quilts worked on during the pandemic. She has quilted sunflowers on the section below, “I appear to be obsessed with them at the moment”.

Muriel Milo’s Jumper