Keswick Embroiderers

An independent group, affiliated to the Embroiderers Guild, we meet on the third Thursday of the month, September to May, 11am -4pm, at Threlkeld Village Hall, near Keswick. 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.

Thursday 25 January 2024


Christmas Tree

We took part as usual in the Christmas Tree Festival at the Methodist Church in Keswick.

This year, we all embroidered our choice of flowers on 3" embroidery rings, which made perfect frames. Each ring had a flower design on both sides.

Christmas seems a long time ago, now. We have braved the weather for one meeting so far . We brought our own projects, while Val spent the day teaching the basic stitches and techniques of crewelwork to some members.

In February, Kay Leech will be be sharing some new ideas and contemporary techniques with us.

If you are in Carlisle, and looking for inspiration, have a look here.....

English Damside, Carlisle..... lovely selection of fabrics, machines, and wools.

Wednesday 23 August 2023



We haven't had an exhibition since before lockdown, and decided it was time we did! We shared the space in Threlkeld Village Hall with another textile group, Context.It was very successful......... friends and previous members called in to say 'Hello' and lots of visitors came in to see our work.



                       Machine/Hand embroidery on silk paper






                                      Keswick Embroiderers 


                Books and cushions.......

Machine Embroidery

 Illuminated letters


There was a lot more............... for another post.

Sunday 2 April 2023


December  2022

September to December ...

Pam's Calico Garden

                            Our stand at the Regional Day

Country Scene       

Beaded pincushion


Wednesday 14 September 2022

Our first year after lockdown


Starting up again!

Much changed after lockdown; we decided to continue as an independent group, affiliated to the Guild. We were concerned that our membership might struggle after so long , but in fact, the opposite happened, and we  welcomed several new members. 

We have been 'feeling our way', with several workshops led by members, and latterly by tutors.We began the programme last September with a 'Show and Tell' session, showing some of the work we'd done during lockdown.......


We had a Crewelwork workshop led bt Val.....

Took part in the Christmas Tree festival at the Methodist Church in Keswick....

And Joanna O'Neill worked with us on Couching techniques.

Wednesday 10 June 2020


Still Working from Home

Are we using lockdown to finish all those unfinished projects, or using our embroidery to help us through lockdown?
Some of Pat's finished work...

Keep stitching! Keep Safe!

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!