Category Archives: Members’ Work

A Year Passes EYES Members Still Stitching

Hilary G has a go at Tambour Embroidery following last month’s discussion.

Rachel B

Pat C I’m hoping members would like to see my ‘Lockdown Quilt’, finally finished in February 2021 and now with my son and daughter-in-law.   The main blocks are from a pattern in Today’s Quilter but I had to improvise on the outer border and binding having only scraps of fabric left to work with.  This was the result of having purchased a Stripology ruler and excitedly cutting more 2.5 inch strips than I needed for the pattern.  Happy days!

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.”