Herts Textile Arts & Stitch

Herts Textile Arts & Stitch


Please join me for a Zoom talk next Saturday about the history and refurbishment of Stirling Castle and its Palace. I'll be talking about the three Cloths of Estate I helped to embroider for the Great Hall, Queen's Presence Chamber and Queen's Bedchamber.
I'm giving a Zoom talk next Saturday about the history and refurbishment of Stirling Castle and its Palace. I'll be talking about the three Cloths of Estate I helped to embroider.
I am wanting to find a pattern for the poem This woman is a success by Barbara Burrow, can anyone steer me in the right direction?
I am a sewing machine engineer and the inventor of the wireless sewing machine. A video can be viewed at Shad wireless sewing Youtube
I have fallen in love with Wessex Stitchery. Has anyone got a copy they are not using and would like to sell. It’s out of print and costs a kings ransom from second hand book sites.
Also after dolls clothes patterns to buy or copy
Do any of you lovely Ladies have a paper pattern for dolly /teddy clothes I could borrow please. I can trace off the patterns
Also I’m looking for a copy of Wessex Stitchery to buy at reasonable price . It’s out of print and second on the market is a kings ransom
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A lovely afternoon on October 3 2020 hearing Angela Daymond’s Zoom talk on “500 years of Kantha”, followed by a mini workshop stitching Angela’s original echinacea design - not as easy as it seems!!
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A quick note to let you know that our next Zoom SOS is on Saturday 20th June check Hertstitch for details and to request an invitation
Just a quick note to remind branch members that I am still hosting Zoom SOS (Save Our Sanity!) sessions - I try to vary the days so hat people with regular commitments get a chance to join in sometime

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Thank you Eva for organising a virtual meeting using Zoom yesterday. I think we had a gathering of 12 and it was lovely to be able to chat, catch up and see what each is stitching. This was a substitute for the Hertfordshire Branch Stitch on Saturday. Hopefully there will be another session. Please let Eva Cantin know you would like to join In. Keep stitching ....
I'd like to publicise Needlecraft online store, the online arm of Needlecraft in the Cotterells, Hemel Hempstead. Great to support a local business.
A little message from Hertstitch, your "other site" .... and a reminder that you can easily sign up as an email follower there too

We are a large, friendly independent stitch group, formerly Herts Branch E.G. We have a full & varied programme of events & meetings. We welcome beginners & improvers, as well as anyone interested in textile art and stitch.

Herts Textile Arts & Stitch updated their business hours. 18/04/2021

Herts Textile Arts & Stitch updated their business hours.

Herts Textile Arts & Stitch updated their business hours.

[04/18/21]   After the immense sadness and myriad emotions surrounding the demise of Embroiderers Guild branches, I am delighted to say that the former Hertfordshire Branch will go on and thrive as Herts Textile Arts & Stitch.

My enormous thanks and love to the current Committee and our wonderful, supportive members. In an extremely short space of time, our collective efforts have brought about excitement and hope for the future.

We will update often, here, but in the meantime, dates for your diary.....our first exhibition will be in the ‘Art in Herts’ marquee at Living Crafts Hatfield House 17-20th June. Hope to see you there!


Catherine’s wonderful award winning work!

Complete. The piece is called “The Matchbox Challenge”.

... The step by step images in the making of my entry for The Embroiderers' Guild - UK “Exquisite Containers” Members’ Challenge 2020/21. The piece has been submitted to the Guild.

Matchbox: size 5 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm. Hand embroidered, silk thread, cotton cloth.
Embroidered Panel 20 x 12.5 cm. Vintage Sylko Thread and cotton cloth.

Photos from Herts Textile Arts & Stitch's post 12/04/2021

The very beautiful Spring themed ATC’s dropping onto doormats all over the county in the coming days.

Cross stitch - Tortoise 01/04/2021

Cross stitch - Tortoise

Well worth listening to

Cross stitch - Tortoise How an embroidery charity – beloved by its members – tore itself apart at the seams

Embroidery Guild members stick needle in over ‘fait accompli' changes 07/03/2021

Embroidery Guild members stick needle in over ‘fait accompli' changes

The Guardian article about us

Embroidery Guild members stick needle in over ‘fait accompli' changes Bitter internal row breaks out over plans to make the stitching society profitable

Photos from Herts Textile Arts & Stitch's post 21/01/2021

Hand block printed cotton direct from Jaipur, £7.00 per metre, coming soon


Places must be booked by 6th February in order to allow time to send your kit. If you are interested in joining in, please respond here in the first instance

Places must be booked by 6th February in order to allow time to send your kit. If you are interested in joining in, please respond here in the first instance


Yesterday afternoon, Herts. Branch did what we do best....we shared, we laughed and we made the very best of a challenging situation. We Christmas partied online with Michael Buble, Cliff Richard and Bing Crosby. We played a disastrous game of bingo, we quizzed, chair danced and reflected on the strangest of years. We shared our stitching and even became a little emotional. What a wonderful afternoon that shows the enormous value of being ‘together whilst apart’. Thank you so much to each of the 43 members who took part. How fortunate we are to have each other. Much love to you all xx


The Embroiderers' Guild - UK

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We have been working hard to bring you this new development and to celebrate its launch, 5 lucky people have the chance to win a FREE 1-year subscription to Embroidery plus access to the new Subscriber Space on the website!

We would be grateful if you could show your support by 'Liking' Embroidery magazine's new page and 'Sharing' the launch and giveaway post.

Embroidery magazine is now on Instagram too - just search for and follow @embroidery_mag

Embroidery's exclusive new Subscriber Space is our way of thanking subscribers for being with us.

If you are an existing subscriber, you can register for Embroidery's Subscriber Space on the website now. If you have an active subscription and did not receive an email on Monday 30th November with instructions on how to register for the Subscriber Space please email Isla on [email protected] 💌

Thank you everyone!

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Textiles In Lockdown ebook by Gawthorpe Textiles Collection & Ruth Singer

So thrilled to have been included in this ebook. My work is on page 61 and our dear friend, Catherina Petit Van Hoey’s work is on page 90. Enjoy the read!


issuu.com This book, by Ruth Singer, explores the research project Textiles In Lockdown which she has created for Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. During August 2020 Ruth created surveys to delve into the stories of textile making practice over the months of lockdown. 180 hobby makers and over 120 textile profe...


Thank you to everyone who has sent me beautiful completed postcards, here’s a selection. If you’re still working on yours, please carry on and send when ready. I’m looking forward to receiving a few more. Absolutely thrilled with these!


ASCEND Isolation Blanket Project

Four of our members have been involved in this wonderful project xx

[06/17/20]   With enormous thanks to my ‘old’ region Yorkshire & The Humber.....what do you think??

Dear Friends and Fellow Stitchers,

Saturday 27th June is (or should be) National Celebration of Stitch Day. I know that branches often celebrate this – or our alternate date in August – by stitching in public somewhere in their area, to raise awareness and perhaps get some new members. Obviously the Lockdown has made formal meetings and organised gathering off limits, sadly.

However, you may have noticed, as I have, that many people seem to be trying to get out and walk during the Lockdown. There are lots of people from our estate passing the window of my studio, which looks out on to the road.

So, how about (assuming the weather co-operates!) spending part or all of Sat 27th June sitting in your front garden stitching? I’ll bet people stop for a chat, which can still be socially distanced. It will raise awareness of the Guild and its branches, and might just get us a few new members.

If you live in an area where there are few passers-by, could you get together with a friend who lives nearby? As long as there are no more than six of you in one place, that shouldn’t break any rules. If we all bring our own chairs, stitching and refreshments, there should not be a problem.

It will also give us a chance to share the beneficial effects of stitching to help people through stress, which might help some of our neighbours in this difficult time.

I have put together a poster (in the email to Branch Chairs, or email me direct) to ‘explain’ what you are doing, which you can print off on 2 A4 sheets and stick together on a board or piece of card. It’s not very good, I’m afraid: If anyone can do a better job of making it attractive and visible, please do and then re-circulate it!

If you do go ahead with this, please take some pictures and either post them on the Regional page or email them to me. I will collect them, and we can use them in the Yearbook or similar.

We have all been using stitching to help us through these troubled times: lets spread the word so we can help others too!

I know this is short notice, for which my apologies, but we should be able to put something together. I only just realised what the date was: that’s what Lockdown can do to you!

Best wishes, stay safe, and keep stitching,



So thrilled to have been a part of this wonderful project with ASCEND Charity UK . I enjoyed making this meaningful piece about my feelings in lockdown so much, that I’m repeating the main ideas to produce a similar piece for home as a record of this very strange time. It will be a constant reminder to cherish every moment spent with the ones I love and miss so very much, especially the hugs! Thank you for inviting me to take part dear Sian Fenwick xx


So delighted by yesterday’s post delivery


More beautiful squares! I am thrilled with them every day!


The postman has delivered another two designs today....I had no idea that this project would bring so much pleasure. Making them to send out in the first place helped me in our first fortnight of being at home, then the many messages and emails of thanks, the stitching itself and now opening daily post with finished pieces....what a wonderful community we are ❤️


Two more squares arrived, it’s so lovely to open these every day! Thank you ladies, it’s going to be a marvellous ‘whole’ !


More beautiful squares arriving daily now

herts.onlinesurveys.ac.uk 20/04/2020

Sewing Groups and Needlework

Hi, I’m an MA student at University of Hertfordshire and I have just started research for my dissertation project on needlework and identity. I was wondering if you would be able to post my research questionnaire onto your page? It would be so helpful to get information from your members. All research is approved by the university ethics board and I can send further info on this if necessary. Thank you for any help you are able to give! Best wishes, Jenny O’Sullivan

Please share and help Jenny all you can, thank you!

herts.onlinesurveys.ac.uk Online survey BOS


In the second week of lockdown, I made a card for each member (79) and included a small nature image stamped onto a 4” calico square. I asked members to embellish them and send them back, so that when we can finally get together again, we can make a ‘whole’ project with them. All images were sent randomly and interestingly, 3 of the first 4 I’ve received are daisies!


Some beautiful work from Devonport

A "Show and Tell" of a few things members are embroidering during our social segregation.


Spent this afternoon putting together this little needle book


The front of a needle case, design courtesy of Cuore e Batticuore Cross Stitch. Ages since I did any cross stitch, had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.


The base of a new project, that reflects my appreciation of the garden and the sunshine. Dyed cotton, using dead headed daffodils (after reading the tip online!) it’s created a very pretty shade of yellow that isn’t true in the photo. Using the technique from our wonderful Sian Fenwick, paper napkins, cut and collaged with Decopatch fabric glue. All ready to embellish with stitch when it’s thoroughly dry.


I’ve had many lovely messages and calls from members who have received their little project....but you could have knocked me down with a feather when this arrived with the postman this morning! Well done to new member, Jan Simpson!


Close ups of yesterdays post for those who requested and 76 handmade cards awaiting a little project to be included before being sent to members as a bit of ‘happy post’ in these difficult days


Finally mounted and framed, with enormous thanks to Angie Hughes for her guidance and encouragement. Watch this space for Autumn shades....just waiting on the space dyed velvet


Some past projects to have a look at

[03/28/20]   Dear Ladies.....with apologies (tongue in cheek) to our members who are also WI......

Subject: WOMEN’S INSTITUTE EMAIL - Imagine JOYCE GRENFELL saying this...

Mobberly WI have issued the following guidance for isolation.

Right ladies, Judith Bickerstaffe has kindly emailed the crochet patterns for the face masks and matching underwear sets. Anyone who runs out of wool should message Delia who will leave fresh supplies in a vacuum sealed sandwich bag on your doorstep. She will knock the theme tune to Miami Vice on your door so you know it's her, you'll have to take pot luck on colours, but I do know there is a particularly lovely shade of burnt copper. Mavis has drawn up a rota for the Haz Mat suit and WW2 Gas Mask, it is one size fits all so please don't specify size requirements. If any of our less able members need provisions such as bread, milk, wine, Gin or pickled walnuts please contact Cynthia, who will pop to the shops for you providing her moped isn't being used by her grandson for pizza deliveries.

Laura will go ahead with her useful and inspirational talk on Christmas and other gifts made from j-cloths via Skype.

Currently we will have to abandon our collection of soft toys made from used hosiery, particularly after that unfortunate incident when Derek Malmsbury was found doing unspeakable things to the elephant made by his wife, Nora. I'm sure we all support Nora at this upsetting time. Apparently they WERE Derek's fishnets, which is why he was confused and why he wanted them back. Still that should never be done to a child's soft toy.

Connie is finishing off the template for making an emergency face mask and draft excluder from a spare bra. I know some members have raised concern that as Connie is a 46GG she has more material to work with than most, but she assures me her template will be scalable from 32 A upwards.

Audrey wants to apologize for the mix-up with the medication run, but please be rest assured Joan suffered no side effects from taking Marjorie Butterworth's husband Vi**ra and haliborange. And likewise Marjorie's husband seems to have responded really well to the HRT. Marjorie says they even agreed on the pattern for their new curtains.

Sad news because of the Government announcement, the trip to Leeds and 'Miss Fifi's Private Dungeon and Macrame club' has been postponed and at this moment we don't have a rescheduled date.

Great news: we have already started collecting prizes for the summer fayre raffle. It looks like the star prize this year may well be a pack of 9 Andrex Quilted Aloe Vera toilet rolls. Shortly followed by a complete set of knitted Nolan Sisters toilet roll covers. Mavis says any resemblance between Colleen and Anne Widdecombe is purely coincidental.

Right Ladies I must dash, I hear Springitts has just had a fresh delivery of tinned prunes.


My current project, this was a free pattern from Helen M. Stevens' True Embroideries on her Embroidery Family FB page (which won’t allow me to tag). With apologies to Helen, I love the design, so am using different threads and stitches to make it my own. I’m stitching daily at the moment so will repost with progress....Happy Stitching everyone xx


Bert & Daisy Designs

The advantage of sleeplessness is that work gets finished with the aid of Magic Radio! This photo was taken in 1909. The house is in Sebright Road, Boxmoor and the baby in his Mum’s arms is my paternal Grandfather. It’s been such a delight to print the very old photo onto cotton and embellish it, especially highlighting the flowers with imaginary colours


Out and about, sharing the love of embroidery

We had a visit from fellow Embroiderer's Guild member, Sue Baughan for our May meeting. Sue was sharing some of her work which stemmed from her desire to preserve memories.
She inspired us to think about how we can also remember loved ones and special times in our lives.


One of my two houses for our group entry to the National ‘Home’ competition all finished apart from mounting




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