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

Chairman’s Report 2015

So another year has passed and another AGM is upon us. As I write this I cast my mind back to the first meeting the committee ever held…. In the coffee shop at the Sarit centre when we discussed whether a guild could or would work.  It could it did and continues to grow. And I am amazed when I stop and think how much the guild has done in the past twelve months.

In October we once again held a joint exhibition with the quilt guild at the Sarit centre. I must thank all the Ladies who worked so hard on this whilst I was away in UK. I have heard nothing but praise for the exhibits we had on display.

We have continued to hold monthly meetings at which we teach new subjects. This year we have covered stitching with raffia, Pulled thread work, Brazilian embroidery, embellished crazy quilting, rustic appliqué, free style embroidery Portuguese white work and laid work.  My thanks go to those who have been assisting and teaching these subjects.

We have also altered the layout of the meeting hall which I hope members are finding more friendly and conducive to stitching.  Talking of members we had over 70 paid up members up to March this year.. I do hope you will renew your membership if you haven’t already. Remember as a member you get discounts off the kits, first chance to sign up for the master classes and you receive the monthly newsletters.

As we go into the next year we are hoping to hold some more masterclasses. Discussions are under way with Mary Hickmott. We hope to be able to hold some “home grown” classes as well.  We have been asked if we would do a children’s master class too. – maybe during the long holidays?… This would depend on the level of interest we get.

Talking of the next year we have some lovely subjects planned for the coming months and I am looking forward to seeing these ideas come to fruition. The meetings and all the work that goes into their running is a joint effort from all the committee and those who whilst not being on the committee are always ready with offers of help.  Without these ladies the guild would not continue. I won’t mention any names but will say a huge thank you to each and every one of you.

Lastly my thanks go to you, the members. If you didn’t come to the meetings showing your support and interest the guild would not exist. I hope you all enjoy the forthcoming year and continue to learn, grow your projects and make new friends.




KEG Chairman Gail Langton’s Annual Report for the year 2012-2013

Dear members,

Firstly may I give my apologies – this is only the third meeting i have missed since the guild started in 2007 and I’m sorry it is the AGM!!  I have gone to UK to see my daughter perform in a play at university.  I however welcome any new members and hope you enjoy today and continue to support the guild.

And on with my chairman’s report.  This is our sixth AGM and it continues to amaze me how much we get done in a single year.

This year has had its ups and downs.  In June we lost one of our most active members when Rowena died so tragically.  Rowena was a rock and did the most magnificent job as our newsletter editor.  I still miss seeing her at the meetings … She always made sure what we taught was clearly recorded in the newsletters for those who missed the meetings and never failed to amaze me with all the research she did.  She was also instrumental in getting our website up and running.

On the good side we were lucky enough to have Mary Hickmott come out again in September to teach a series of six master classes.  It was supposed to be just five but we had such a difficult time trying to decide which subject not to do we did them all!!!  You may well have seen some of the finished pieces in the magical art of stitches exhibition which was held just last month.

This exhibition was a joint effort put on with the Kenya quilt guild.  It was the first time a combined show has been held and judging from all the great comments we have received it was a huge success.  On the embroidery side there were nearly 200 pieces on display and I know many of the visitors were stunned to learn it was all hand sewn!!  One gentleman asked me where he could purchase the machine we used to make these pictures!!!  We had 20 new members sign up during it, and many more expressed interest.  Before the exhibition we upgraded all our kits to a more professional look and over 100 kits were sold during the three days.    The exhibition could not have happened without lots of helpers.  People helped in many ways-  with the organisation, hanging the pieces, selling raffle tickets, assisting the public, answering questions and then when it was all over taking the whole thing down.  I won’t name anyone as each and every person who assisted was a star and it would not have happened without you!!

During the course of the year we continued to hold our monthly meetings teaching new and exciting techniques and this year we covered Sashiko, Needle weaving, beading, smocking, Catherine De Medici cross stitch on even weave and Lamu hat embroidery.  The yearend project was a Christmas wreath which involved a lot of tearing up of fabric – such fun!

We have recently changed the format of the meeting to allow for stitching time and we are hoping that this meets with the members approval.

And just before I finish I would like to thank my committee for all the help and support they have given me, especially today, and for all the hard work they do which leaves me more stitching time.

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