Monday, 26 October 2015


Today we had our workshop with Ingrid Ellis entitled 'Getting to Know your Sewing Machine'.  This was certainly true in my case as I have recently purchased a new to me Bernina 380. I was keen to have this machine as it has lots of extra stitches stored for decorative stitching and this workshop was the ideal time to practise.

Ingrid brought along samples of her lovely work and explained the processes and soon we were on our way to creating our own little works of Art.





Liz (who drove all the way from Taunton)



and yours truly.
A day of intensive stitching punctuated with cups of tea and coffee and cake.
Thoroughly enjoyable.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


The October meeting will be on Monday 26th October a week later than usual.  Ingrid Ellis will be coming to give us a workshop entitled 'Know your Sewing Machine'.  

The requirements list is as follows:
Sewing machine, extension lead, spare bobbins, spare needles, manual.  If your box of feet includes an embroidery foot and/or couching foot, this will be very helpful.

Usual sewing kit (scissors, large and small, embroidery needles, etc)

Fabric marker (blue water erasable is good, but fine chalk will be ok)

Cotton top fabric to your taste (pattern should not be too loud but more wishy-washy - batik fabric is good
Cotton backing fabric (will not be seen)
Second cotton backing fabric (will be seen at the back)
Wadding - should be low loft
All fabrics should be A4 size plus 4cm all round as margin

Bring a sandwich of top, wadding and backing fabric with you to practise stitches on.

For embellishments:-
Cords (thickness of shoe-laces)
narrow ribbon
rat-tail cord
beads (not too large)
all either toning or contrasting with your top fabric

Machine sewing threads to tone and contrast with your top fabric as well as metallics if you have them

Hand embroidery threads as above (stranded or perle)

It will help you if you know the effects of the different stitches your machine can do.  If you have a sample of them, bring the sample.

*Tutor will bring an assortment of embroidery threads.

Please bring a packed Lunch.  Tea and Coffee will be available.

Cost:  £10 members   :  non-members £15.