The Festival of Stitches – An Exhibition by Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild from 28th February to 1st March 2020 at Sarit Centre

An exhibition to celebrate the excellence and diversity of stitches produced by members of the Kenya Embroiderers Guild and Kenya Quilt Guild. 

Opening Times/Charges:
Friday – Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. ENTRY FREE

Address: Loita Exhibition Hall, Sarit Centre, Westlands

Festival of stitches

Master classes by Mary Hickmott (The creator and the editor of New Stitches Magazine)


Master Classes by Elizabeth Almond this Februray 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018 !!!

As a treat for the start of new year Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild will be hosting Elizabeth Almond to conduct master classes in February.

Although they are called master classes we anticipate beginners too and the instructions are very comprehensive. 

The details are as follows:

Masterclasses to be held on 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th of February 2018.

Member pay Ksh 2500/- and non-members Ksh 3000/-.

Timings: 9.30am to 3.30pm (with an hours break for lunch).

Venue: The Simba Union, Forest Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

To register please contact:

Gail Langton – 0733 739585 ,,   

 Vicky cole – 0717 197214,


Blackwork Technique – 5th February 2018

Blackwork embroidery is a very old form of counted-thread embroidery. This embroidery involves geometric designs and is traditionally worked in black thread on white even-weave fabric.




Kogin technique – 6th February 2018

Kogin embroidery is traditional Japanese stitching technique that was born in the Northern area of Japan. It is known for its hand stitching technique, in which cotton thread is stitched through each hole of the indigo colored fabric. The designs are unique in their symmetry and resemble pattern darning in the way they are worked up.




Pulled Thread work Technique – 7th February 2018

Also known as Drawn thread work, Pulled thread work is a form of counted-thread embroidery.  Stitches are worked around groups of threads in the base fabric to form gaps, creating lacy, airy fillings, bands, border and hems.




Whitework technique – 9th February 2018

Whitework embroidery is an embroidery technique in which the embroidery is done with white thread on a white fabric. The embroidery looks very elegant and can be worked in a variety of techniques, hardanger embroidery, Mountmellic embroidery, pulled or drawn thread etc.



Enroll now and reserve your place.


Masterclass with Liz Almond in February 2018

Exciting news for our members and embroidery lovers.  Liz Almond from UK who is a designer and embroiderer known for her blackwork, whitework and counted thread techniques will be conducting masterclasses in February at our guild.

Liz, used to be a columnist for leading embroidery magazines like “The World of Cross Stitch”, “Just Cross Stitch”, “Cross Stitch and Embroidery” and “The Gift of Stitching”.  She also ran an “agony aunt” column for needleworkers for some time.

Liz has a website Blackwork journey on which she completed a series Saves the stitches designed to encourage people to share their love for embroidery.

More details will be available soon.

Cancellation of KEG monthly August meeting

Dear members please note that we will not be having 8th August 2017 meeting.

The next meeting is on 14th September 2017.

How-To: Embroidering a Tiny Face

Sharing with you all a post by Jenny Hart.

Stitching up facial features, especially when they are small is intimidating at best.

Read more by clicking here Sublime stitching


The Guild Challenge for 2017 :-)

The Guild Challenge.

For 2017 we have again set the members a challenge – this time to take the packet of materials and produce an embroidery with the theme of bird(s).

Let your creativity begin:-)

Check Trish burr’s blog for some amazing embroidered birds… Trish Burr’s blog


Year 2016-2017 at Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild

Here is the recap of what we did at KEG during the year:

Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild Exhibition 2016

This took place in October 2016 and was a great success.

Mary Hicmott Master Class  In November 2016

In November Mary came to Kenya for a holiday and whilst here taught a single master class in canvas work using both wools and perle threads which was a great success.  The kits came in several different colours .

EAWL  Homecraft

Also in November 2016 the EAWL held its annual Homecrafts exhibition.  Many members entered items and won prizes.  We had a stand displaying the guild kits and a table selling kits, threads etc.  It generated quite a lot of interest in the guild.

The Guild Challenge

In the early part of 2016 we set the challenge which was to embroider a design which was printed onto the fabric.  Even though nearly 30 kits were sold, there were only 4 finished items but they were stunning.  Susan Crous won with her multicoloured one, shown on bottom right.

Amazing embroidery techniques learned and kits done during each KEG monthly meetings 2016

There was an embroidered lace tissue cover, a Shashiko and Shishi mug bag, canvas work on card, canvas work humbug, candlewicking cushion, drawn thread work sampler, embroidered ipad cover and a blackwork card.  wow!!

Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild AGM 2017

Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild held its 10th Annual General Meeting on 11th May 2017. At the AGM Chairman’s Gail Langton announced her decision of stepping down as a KEG chairman.

Outgoing Chairman’s Message

I cannot believe it is May 2017 already.  Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday we were getting ready for the exhibition and nearly a year has passed.

I am sorry for the lack of newsletters in this time –with so many of the committee travelling etc the newsletter slipped through the cracks as it were.  Still we hope to be better this year!  So this newsletter might be a little longer  than normal as I will try and capture the past year’s event in one!!!

As many of you know we held the AGM on the 11th of May and I stepped down as chairman.  It had been a decision not taken lightly but i do feel that after 10 years at the helm it is time for the boat to be steered by someone else.  I will still be heavily involved with the guild – after all it was my baby and i have loved seeing it grow and change into the thriving Guild we have today.

KEG 2017 Committee

Chairman Vicky Cole
 Co Vice Chairman Ravinder Chana
Co Vice Chairman Mamta Shah
Secretary/Treasurer Frances Cattermole
Treasurer Shila Shah
Membership Bubby Ghataure
Library Anita Eden
Catering Nita Shah
Catering Rupal Patel
PR Bharti Shah
Immediate Past Chairman Gail Langton

The Magical Art of Stitches 7th-9th October 2016



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