Exeter & District Embroiderers' Guild is a branch of the educational charity Embroiderers' Guild, whose remit is to build awareness of stitch and textile art, and to encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence.

Monthly Meetings & Workshop Lists

Machine Embroidery – Seed Heads/Pods by Liz Moon


This workshop is a follow on from last year’s day for beginners machine embroidery.  As you can see from the samples here, there are options for novices and the  more experienced.  I will bring the woodblock stamps and ink pads for you to use and I will pre-print some fabric as well for anyone to use.


  1. Sewing Machine – set up for free machine embroidery
  2. Calico or similar – approx. 7” x 8” 3 or 4 pieces. Also scrap fabric for practice
  3. Pelmet vilene – same amount as calico
  4. Machine embroidery threads in autumnal colours – beige, browns, greens
  5. Space dyed thread i svery useful.
  6. Sewing kit
  7. Marker pen – Frixion or similar


July 13th 2019 – Bondaweb and Sticky Stuff by Dee Priest

June 8th 2019 –

“Inchies” workshop by Sandra Tatum

“Inchies” are little works of art which are 1″x1″ in size. They can be made of almost any material: felt, fabric, card, paper, Tyvek, metal. Felt is a good choice for your first “Inchies”.

If your chosen fabric or felt is thin, a stabilising backing is useful, especially if you are machining,  but a thick or stiff fabric works alone Having a theme is a nice way to choose what to bring: a colour, seaside, garden, flowers, stitch samples, the seasons, leaves, and so on. In one workshop I think you may make a little set of 4 or 6 “Inchies” so no need to bring lots of big things, this is a gentle day!

To bring

  • Base material: felt, cotton, polycotton, or stiffer fabric.
  • Stabiliser: small amount of iron-on Vilene, Bondaweb, or similar.
  • Decoration: tiny pieces of silk, net, organza, scrim, shiny bits, lace, old embroideries, doilies, ribbons, string, tiny buttons, beads, sequins, tiny shells, seaglass, findings, anything tiny!
  • Equipment: usual sewing kit, embroidery threads, (gold always useful), scissors, fabric marker, pencil, ruler.
  • Optional:  cutting board, set square, glue stick, Sewing machine only if you wish. You could use it for edges but I like the hand-edged look on felt and it seems gentler. You could if you wish decorate a large piece of fabric by machine and then cut up your “Inchies” if that is nicer for you.



May 2019 Interpreting design into stitch – Barbara Neale


  • 3 sheets of A4 paper (this gives one spare)
  • some old magazines with pictures (but I will have a bundle). Gardening and house ones work well but a range is good!
  • your favourite pen or pencil
  • a ruler
  • paper scissors
  • a glue stick
  • a piece of fabric without a very busy design of about A4 size
  • a piece of backing fabric
  • For hand stitchers: needles
  • threads that go with the fabric, both blending in colour and contrasting, and n a range of weights
  • embroidery scissors
  • an embroidery hoop (I used an 8″ hoop but it could be a bit smaller)
  • some way of drawing your design on the fabric (I used an HB pencil but it could be a Sharpie or pen that disappears with time
  • your favourite book of stitches
  • For machine stitchers: sewing machine
  • sewing machine manual if it helps with ‘fancy’ stitches
  • machine threads, both blending in colour and contrasting
  • a piece of stitch and tear
  • as large a hoop as you like working with


April 2019 – Exploring hand stitch – Lynn Bennett

The idea for the day is to look at all Stitches, simple and more elaborate that can be used to embellish your work.  It is good to make a small sampler to refer back on. I will also bring an exercise where you use One stitch to do the whole embroidery in different size and weights of threads.  Basically it is a day to play with Stitches you may not have tried before.


  • Embroidery threads, either stranded or Perle plus some thicker threads for crouching.
  • Stitch book – Mary Thomas, Anchor *I will bring several different ones.
  • Fabric to stitch onto – either Aida if you wish to make a sampler, a piece of printed fabric to embellish, or small pieces to manipulate.
  • **I will bring some flower shapes that can be used to make a name badge.


March 2019 – Decorated Trinket Basket – Judith Venning

I will show you how to make a simple container, but then go one step further and decorate the exterior. You can choose a plain material and embroider it or choose a pattern and add stitches, or create a small felted embroidery to attach to it.  (These samples are here  demonstrate the shape, but are a little highly patterned. You may wish to choose a less patterned background.). You will be sewing round the pieces of material by hand but if you prefer, there will be a sewing mamchine available to save time)


  • Piece of cardboard, 9″ x 9″ slightly thicker than a cereal box if possible. I will have afew pieces with me.
  • Two fabric squares 9 3/4″ x 10″. One will be the outer fabric, and one the inner.
  • Four small jewellers’ jump rings or any small hoops to thread ribbon through.
  • A length of approx 3/4″ ribbon, about  18″ long
  • Tracing wheel. Useful for scoring the cardboard
  • Small pieces of felt
  • Transfers, rubber stamps or any small pictures for decorating the felt. I will show you a method for transferring a design from paper.
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter (optional)
  • Stitch & tear/dissolvable material (optional)
  • Embroidery threads & matching sewing cotton
  • Beads & sequins
  • Usual sewing kit




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