First Monday in the month, 2pm to 4pm, doors open at 1:30, except Bank Holidays when the meeting takes place on the following Monday and August which is an outing.
Free to members, £5 for visitors (limited to 3 visits).
The format is mostly well known speakers, sometimes our own members, who will give a formal talk, sharing their experiences and expertise. Followed by tea and biscuits. The meeting concludes with a business meeting of branch notices and information.
Well known traders also come to some of our meetings.
Our well stocked library of books, DVDs and video is open for you to borrow items for a small fee. We also have some equipment which can be loaned.
Usually, but not always, the first Tuesday in the month, 9:30am to 4.30pm. Often presented by Monday's speaker.
£30 branch members, £35 visitors - payable in advance at time of booking. Bring your own lunch.
Professionally tutored, practical sessions to learn new techniques or new approaches to a range of skills. List of requirements provided by the tutor.
When there is no Speaker Workshop, there are In-house Tutor workshops from 9.30am to 4.30pm. See Programme for dates
Branch members only - £30. Payable in advance at time of booking. Bring your own lunch. List of requirements provided by the tutor.
Informal Stitch Days
Last Monday in the month, 9.45am to 3pm (note new finishing time)
£3.00 for the day. Coffee and tea provided. Bring your own lunch.
An informal stitch day for members (and their friends). Bring your stitching, hand or machine. An opportunity to share with other members of the branch.
Stitch day has also become the venue for working on the Prospect Hospice Textile project. This project is being led by Margaret Heath and will take many hours of stitching to complete. Everyone's skills are valued. Please come and support our branch to complete this worthwhile community venture. If you are unable to come to stitch day but would like to be involved, please see Margaret at one of our meetings for a pre-printed fabric and thread pack. She is happy to provide instruction for the less confident of us.
Chris Cook is standing down from the MDEG Committee and from her role as in-house Design to Stitch tutor.
Starting in October 2019, a new course, Creative Textiles, will be run by Ann Smith and Lindsay Sherwood. During the six monthly sessions, many techniques will be covered including image transfer, fabric manipulation, drawing with a machine and hand stitch to create texture and colour. Please speak to Lindsay or Ann for further information.
Young Embroiderers Group
Young Embroiderers sessions, for children aged 5 - 17, are held during school holidays and at half terms, 9:30am to 3:00pm.
£7:50 per session, plus £10 annual subscription to the Embroiderers Guild, HQ. A packed lunch is required.
Under 8's should be accompanied by a parent or relative for at least half of the session. A wide range of textile related skills are covered. All materials required for the projects are provided.
The annual YE membership can be paid by Paypal at www.youngembroiderers.com/register
There are several pieces of branch equipment that can be hired at a cost of £5 per month on Stitch Day. These include an embellisher, an overlocker, a smocking machine and a cord winder. An extra charge is made for embellisher needle breakages as they are expensive to replace. If you would like to borrow a piece of equipment please discuss with Chris Cook beforehand. She will also be happy to provide tuition on any unfamiliar equipment or to arrange an alternative day for pick up. Do take advantage as it is a perfect way to incorporate a different technique into your work without the added cost of buying an expensive piece of equipment.