Lisa opened her talk by speaking about her 15 year background as a textile designer for the fashion industry, as well as teaching Sixth Form and University students.  After completing an MA in Textiles in 2011 Lisa began concentrating on her own work and exhibiting with the Prism group of Textile Artists.
Prior to 2010 her work mainly comprised of etching and print making, but Lisa then moved onto fine art.  She experimented with metal leaf, acrylics, paper and cloth.  At this time Lisa’s work was influenced by the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth, with a theme of the vulnerability of children and the environment, using digital printing, collage and etching on embroidered cloth.
Lisa’s commission of The Nature of Mending project was inspired by the work of Anna Freud in relation to the children of the Kindertransport during WWII.   During her research for this project, Lisa encountered many moving stories of some of those children who came to the UK and settled here.  Some of the archived documents have been digitally printed onto cloth as part of Lisa’s installation for The Nature of Mending, showing how children who were “broken” by losing their families eventually were “mended”. 

Lisa concluded by telling us about the piece of Textile Art purchased by the Embroiderer’s Guild depicting poppies, which was inspired by the work of Paul Nash, a surrealist painter who became a war artist in WWII.  All in all, Lisa was a very interesting and inspiring speaker.

Thank you Ann K for this report.  Ros

Janet Edmonds – two day workshop


Janet’s workshop was based on her new book and we were looking and interpreting the work of Vincent Van Gogh in hand stitching.

In particular the way he used colour. Samples include with yellows and using cretan stitch, green on red fabric stitching blanket and button hole, blue on red fabric with sorbello stitch, but to name a few. Our last sample was using neutral colours on a neutral background with a hint of colour using the stitches we had covered on the course.

Everybody’s work was inspiring and very different from each other which helped us all explore the wonders of hand stitching which is a real triumph for Janet as I am a hardened Free Machiner!

Great 2 day workshop

Thank you Nikki for your report.  Ros


Janet has recently received two awards.  The medal is the City and Guilds Medal of Excellence which is an annual award. She was awarded it in the Tutoring Category for her work at Missenden Abbey since 1991.

The other award she won was the 2016 Broderer’s Prize which was presented by Princess Anne at Buckingham Abbey. No medal this time as the prize is a cheque.

Thank you Vernice.  Ros

 Nikki Vesey Williams – Walnut purse workshop


We were delighted to welcome two guests (and potential members), Carol and Daphne, to our workshop making walnut purses.

Nikki Vesey Williams brought along many intricately embroidered examples for our inspiration and she expertly guided us through the delicate procedures needed to cover the two halves of the shells. Our choice of fabrics varied, the lighter weight being easier to manipulate and Daphne very effectively used lace from a wedding dress.

After covering and lining the pieces we then added gussets and drawstrings to gather the purse together. We were all surprised to find that the embroidery and embellishment is done at the end. Nikki brought along a good selection of beads, sequins and trimmings for us to use so it will be interesting to see how we decorate our tiny purses at home.

Nikki told us that walnut purses can be dated back to 16/17th century. They were sometimes given as gifts and often contained cloves to mask certain smells of the day. I think ours might contain thimbles or small items of jewellery.

Thank you Nikki for a lovely day.

Thank you Judy J for this report and photos.  Ros