Guest Speakers

1st March – Community Stitching

We had a talk from Jackie Morris about the community stitching projects she has been involved with as part of her university studies. She brought a section of her current project with her so we could all stitch along while she talked. She told us about “The Lugg Embroideries” a community stitching and heritage project about the River Lugg and about her current project “Stitching on the Border” – a creative workshop to stitch in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Details of her work can be seen on –

Guest Speakers

First live talks

On 15th September Angie Hughes will be giving a talk – “Creative Ice Breaking” providing ideas to kick start the making process.

6th October will be a “Sit and Sew”

On 20th October we will be having a Talk by Jackie Partridge of “Make-It Happen” (the fabric, haberdashery art and craft shop in Hereford).  Jackie has had a very interesting career that includes theatre costume design, costumes for drag queens and teaching textiles.

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Ruth Singer – Criminal Quilts – Zoom Talk

Many thanks to Ruth Singer for such an interesting talk about her journey through her work and especially how she came upon the subject of Criminal Quilts. It really is a look into a slice of Victorian life the history books don’t cover. Ruth spent many years researching the unfortunate lives of some of the impoverished women who passed through Stafford Prison. The work she has created has bought colour and life to their black and white images to tell some of their story.

If you missed the talk, have a look at the Ruth’s website

There is a free video to watch plus a lot of information about her work, books and exhibition.

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‘Before the Zip’ – Talk by Sun Jester

Many thanks to Sun Jester for a very interesting talk about the journey from our earliest recorded ‘thread’ and ‘textiles’, not necessarily from fibres we know today, progressing to garments that require functional fastenings. If you don’t know what a nettle shirt is, you should have joined us!

The Zoom aspect worked well. I think we learned a few things that would improve the next talk. If you have never used Zoom or don’t like the idea of people seeing you on screen you can have your camera ‘off’ but still watch the talk. We all had our microphones off too. There was a chance to ask questions at the end when you turn your microphone back on.

If you have any questions or would like more information, just get in touch with Deborah, Lyn or Angela.

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Zoom Talk – Before the Zip – evening of 5th August 2020

Many thanks to Deborah for making this talk possible.

She will be sending out invitations, forwarded by Sun Jester (the hosts), to everyone who has booked. This will be a few days before the event, with the start time, meeting ID and password.

Deborah has also set up a Zoom get together for anyone who wants to join in, half an hour after the talk is likely to have finished. That should give everyone time to put the kettle on and have a comfort stop, before returning for a natter at 8.30pm. The meeting ID and password will be sent at the same time as the one for the talk (note there is a different meeting ID and password to the talk).

It’s not too late to join the talk if you were undecided before. Just contact Deborah but don’t leave it too late.