Keswick Embroiderers' Guild

We meet on the third Thursday of the month, September to May, 10am -3pm, at the Friends' Meeting House in Keswick. This is in Elliot Park, just beside Booths' carpark. Arrive at 9.45 for coffee and biscuits! We also meet informally during the Winter to work on our own projects.

We are a small and friendly group, meeting to celebrate textiles and stitch.We share between us a wide range of interests and expertise. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020


We've been busy. 

This is crewel work, made from one of Nicola Jarvis's kits. 

Debbie's 'Leaves'. Each member of Keswick Embroiderers guild is making part of a very unusual fabric Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree festival in Keswick this year. The leaves are machine embroidered.

Enid's 'Positivity' picture is finished!

Enid has also been creating these cards.

I was planning to go to the flower festival at Keukenhof this month but obviously can't! By coincidence, over 150 tulip bulbs were planted in our garden in the Autumn. Now, right on cue, here are the first of them. 

Thursday, 2 April 2020


Working at Home!

Like everyone else, we have been forced to cancel our face to face meetings for now. What will we do? We all have firm resolutions to carry on at home , to use up the 'stuff' in the cupboards and drawers. And for our well-being too. 
Hopefully I will be able to share some of our work here over the next days.

So, to start with, a quilt I have just finished after much delay. It was from a book by Pam and Nicky Lintott, quite old, and I loved the quilt immediately  when I saw the sample in their lovely Dorking shop. Because it was an oldish book, it took a long time to source an appropriate jelly roll, and then I wanted to enlarge the quilt , which involved a great deal of maths. Not to mention angst!

But now it's done. 

Judith's positivity panel

Pat's Calico Garden

It would be lovely to post some work by other members.
Keep safe!

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

February....... Positivity

Stitches... Lucky Dip

We had to adjust our plans for February's meeting; we held our experimental day. The theme was 'Positivity', and we focussed on a page each for our branch book. Chairman, Debbie, gave each of us a phrase as a starting point, and we decided for ourselves whether to interpret it in a stitch familiar to us, or to take up a challenge with something new.

In or out of our comfort zone, we enjoyed a day of positive stitching!

Monday, 20 January 2020

January 2020

January 2020!       

Though we haven't been online for a year (!!!), we have been very busy at Keswick Embroiderers.

Here's a sample of some of the things we've been doing......

Mandy Patullo showed us her lovely  applique technique and we used tiny scraps of fabric on vintage quilt material to stitch pictures of  garden birds .

Keswick member Enid demonstrated silk painting and we painted flowers .... 

Enid led another workshop. This time we used her sun-dyed fabrics as a background for our own embroidery......

Keswick member Val led a crewel work session .A gentle start to 2020......... Work in progress!

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

January 2019! Smocking


For our first meeting of 2019, we borrowed the Smocking folio from the Embroiderers Guild and used it as inspiration for some nostalgic hand-sewing.

We had been supplied with smocking dots before Christmas, and most of us had dutifully done our homework and prepared our fabric for the day.

It was fascinating to see such a variety of smocking styles in the folio, and in the books members brought along for reference.

We spent several very quiet hours concentrating on this technique, and produced some quite different work.  Not complete, but ready to be incorporated into ...................

For most of us, smocking was a new skill, but it sparked memories for nearly all, of pretty dresses and baby clothes.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Candles for Christmas

Candles for Christmas

For several years Keswick Embroiderers have taken part in the Christmas Tree festival at The Methodist Church in Keswick. This year the theme we chose was 'Candles', and these are the offerings so far! They were  displayed at the beginning of December.....

before we went on to Lyzzick Hall for a lovely Christmas lunch.

A good time was had by all!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Summer School 2017

Waddow Hall 

Three members enjoyed the weekend stay at Waddow Hall for this year's Regional Summer School.
Kim Thitticai and Nicola Jarvis were the tutors for the course; they must represent the complete opposites of textile work! Nicole's group  developed their skills in delicate soft silk shading, and crewel stitching, working on their choice of Nicola's lovely bird/squirrel kits.

Kim's students painted a new form of bondaweb, tore and ironed, heated and distressed the results, to produce  totally unique pieces of fabric , eventually to be stitched into and mounted.

Both groups were totally absorbed in what they were doing, and had an enjoyable , rewarding few days....... surprisingly tiring, as no-one had  seemed to want to stop!

We had to, though, for the lovely meals (and cake!) provided for us by the staff at Waddow Hall.
Our accommodation was comfortable, and in the very brief moments we took to venture outside, we were able to enjoy the lovely setting and grounds.  

Nicola's inspiring work

Advice and guidance from Kim

Painted, torn, ironed, ready for stitch.....

Pat's work in progress.....

Paint, print, gilding flake, etc.....

Another Pat's work...........

Work from Nicola's group

It was a rewarding and inspiring weekend; the organisation was good, and we were kept busy until the moment we left on Sunday. Both tutors were generous with materials and their time, and supportive of a wide range of abilities.

Thanks to all who were involved !