Programme Sept 2021- June 2022

We are pleased to announce the details of our programme below and look forward to seeing you. There will be a mixture of face-to-face and Zoom sessions.

Meet and Stitch (Wednesday and some Saturdays): £2, £3 non-members

4th Wednesday = afternoon Meet and Stitch.1.45- 3.15. Helliwell Room, Horfield Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8ST.

Speaker (Friday evening): £3 members, £5 non-members

3rd Friday of month = evening talk, doors open 7.15 for a 7.30 start – 9pm Helliwell Room, Horfield Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8ST.

Workshops: £30 & £35 for non-members

2nd Saturday – alternates between Workshop (10am – 4pm) and Meet + Stitch (2-4pm). Helliwell Room, Horfield Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8ST.

Bristol Stitchers Programme

Sept 2021 –July 2022

Workshop info:

Saturday 9 October                   Debby Bird cost £30

10-4                                         Mixed Media


Explore using gold transfer foil to create a design that can be further decorated with hand embroidery. We will also explore creating some painted bondaweb backgrounds and effects for inventive and interesting samples. I’ll provide the foil, sweet papers and silk paints! Suitable for all abilities. Ideal for small projects and gifts with Christmas in mind! 

Saturday 13 November             Alexia Gardner (member) sharing £2

2-4                                           ‘Chicken Scratch’

Saturday 11 December 10-4     Sheila Davies from Celyn Textiles cost £30

Hand stitching to create heigh and texture with beads, plastic etc to give a 3D effect.  These pieces can be used

to embellish boxes (old and new), wood block, industrial spools etc.  See pictures.

Saturday 8 January                   Julie Stenning (member) sharing cost £2 ZOOM

2-4                                           ‘Inchies’

Inchies are one-inch squares of substrate that contain small art. We will stitch/glue along together, or just watch the presentation if you prefer. Have a look at Julie’s Pinterest board:

Saturday 12th February and Wednesday 23rd February Skillshare plus £2/£3

Carol C sharing Embellishing Metal – Helliwell Room and Zoom

12th Feb – 2-4pm

23rd Feb 1.45-3.15

Saturday 12 March                   Ilsa Fatt £15


We will be making a brooch using peyote stitch as the basis and then embellishing with beads of different colours, sizes and textures.  A fun afternoon with hopefully a finished piece to wear home.  Even if you don’t manage to finish your brooch (which can be adapted to make a pendant) you are welcome to take beads home with you to complete it.  All beads, beading thread and needed will be provided.  Please do bring reading glasses if you use them, as well as a mini reading light if you have one (this is not a requirement),

Saturday 9th April                Liz Tapper from The Art of the Needle £30 +£35 for kit

10-4                                         Goldwork

In person class (not a lecture!) covering the basic elements of goldwork, including padding, couching using Japanese gold and twist, couching using pearl purl and finishing with cutwork.  It is an ideal starting point for launching an exciting journey into goldwork and its many possibilities. 

I will supply kits for the class, priced at £35 each. I will also have for sale additional threads in gold, silver, copper and various metallic and a small supply of hands-free seat frames.

Saturday 14 May                      Angela Knapp £30

10-4                                         ‘Robin’ – machine stitching

Construction techniques, involving pieced fabric layers. Free motion machine ‘thread painting’ to produce a winter robin scene. Fabric packs provided by the tutor at a cost of £5 each.

Saturday 11 June                      Debbie Mitchener £30

10-4                                         Natural Dyeing with European Plants

                                                Areas to be covered

  • Preparing fabrics/threads dependent upon fibre
  • Using fast colours to create a rainbow
  • Modifying colours with simple home solutions
  • Ombre and resist techniques for patterns
  • Using a woad vat
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