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!!


Year 2012 at Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild

KEG wishes all the members Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year.

Our Guild enjoyed another busy year with variety of stitches and techniques. Once again this year we got the opportunity to learn fabulous techniques from Mary Hicmott.

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January:  Reviewed the 2011 year end bag project which involved a variety of stitches and techniques– pulled thread, chicken scratch, French knots, several embroidery stitches and various ways of using ribbon to make flowers. Gail demonstrated the Spiders Web Stitch and reminded us how to make the ribbon roses.

Pocket tissue holder

February: Cross Stitch basics and some advanced techniques as well as tips on how to keep the stitch work back neat.

Canvas Work Pin Cushion

March: Canvas Work Pin Cushion with a velvet backing. The kit was inspired by the colors of the rainbow i.e. starting with red, orange, yellow green etc.   However Gail encouraged us to change the order to create a scheme that we like.


April: Italian Quilting / Trapunto Tin Embellishment

Assis work card Fridge magnet

May:  Kenya embroiderer’s Guild held its 5th Annual General Meeting on the 10th of May 2012.  Gail Langton  was elected as the KEG chairperson.  After the AGM, Gail Langton held the workshop on Assis Work card and Cross Stitch on paper Fridge Magnet.

Assisi embroidery is done by cross stitching the background and leaving the design empty, or voided (unstitched).  This craft was originated in the Italian town of Assisi in the 13th century. The colours of thread used were the traditional ones of red, blue, green or gold for the background, and black or brown for the outlines.


June:  Gail had the sad task of informing members of the death of our friend Rowena Buxton on Monday 11th June.  As you know, Rowena was the creator of our wonderful monthly newsletters, and she was also an inspiration in her stitching – she would often do things in her own way, producing superb results with different stitches and colours.  She was a stalwart member of the Committee, and her support will be missed in so many ways.

The topic this month was Needleweaving.  The kit was a gorgeous notebook cover (designed to fit the small Kartasi hardback notebook, but you could easily adapt it for other purposes).  As usual, Gail has supplied very clear and comprehensive instructions with lots of pictures.


July:  We did some Sashiko at the guild.  Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery using the basic running stitch to create a patterned background. The geometric patterns include straight or curved lines of stitching arranged in a repeating pattern. The Japanese word Sashiko means little stabsand refers to the small stitches used in this form of needlework. Inspiration for traditional sashiko designs usually comes from nature, such as clouds, rippling water or waves, flowers and leaves. Designs can also be very geometric featuring interlocking lines, stars, squares, triangles and circles. Tessellating designs – repeating shapes that are interlocked – are also very common motifs in sashiko embroidery.

August: No meeting as the guild is close for this month.

leatherbeadworkSeptember: Beading on Leather presented by KEG member Donna Pido. The kit she has put together makes up a ‘Maasai watch’ which began to be made in imitation of the wristwatches of early European and Asian settlers. Donna gave us several handy hints for managing beads.  Donna showed us examples of beadwork on recycled plastic from a jerrycan and rubber from an inner tube.


October:  It is wonderful to have Mary Hicmott, the creator and the editor of The New stitches magazine at our Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild. She conducted 6 days of master classes on Bargello, Dorset feather, Lagartera embroidery, Needle weaving, Shadow work and Stump work.

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November:  This month we did Smocking technique at the guild. The kit makes a beautiful Smoking Ornament.


December:  The year end project at the guild was this beautiful Decorative wreath. 

Rowena will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

At the June meeting held on Thursday 14th June 2012 Gail had the sad task of informing members of the death of our friend Rowena Buxton on Monday 11th June.  A minute’s silence was kept in her memory, and a card was available for members to sign.  Gail will also include condolences sent to her by email, and will pass the card on to Rowena’s partner, Roger, with love and sympathy from us all.

As you know, Rowena was the creator of our wonderful monthly newsletters, and she was also an inspiration in her stitching – she would often do things in her own way, producing superb results with different stitches and colours.  She was a stalwart member of the Committee, and her support will be missed in so many ways.  Rest in peace, Rowena.


Memory Thread

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Go 3D with Color Infusions Memory Thread – Shape it. Tack it. You’re done.

Memory Thread is a soft fiber wrapped copper wire that you can use to embellish all types of needlework and craft projects. Memory Thread is colorfast, fade resistant and acid free. Memory Thread is available in 28 bright beautiful colors.


On the left side of the frame you will see the basic design which has been stitched on Aida cloth in half crass stitch using pearl cotton variation.

On the right side of the frame you see the same design, but it has been embellished with Memory thread.

Click here to watch video on How to use DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread!

Click here to Watch video on How to Make Loops, Curls & Twirls using DMC Memory Thread

Mail from Mary Hicmott

Mary Hickmott the publisher of magazine New Stitches, conducted a workshop with Kenya embroiderer’s guild in October 2011. This workshop on crewel embroidery, Mountmellick embroidery, gold thread work, canvas stitches and counted thread sampler was a huge success.

This year Mary is visiting KEG again and we will have an opportunity to learn some skills from her.  There is an email from Mary Hicmott which we would like to share with all our KEG members.

Can you get someone who might be interested to take a look at .

By asking for New Stitches in the search box, they should get the latest issue come up with the option to buy it individually or as part of a subscription. Beneath this are a load of back issues that can be bought as part of the subscription or alone as before. The purchases are digital. So, up on your screen you get to see New Stitches and can even print off chart pages one at a time in order to work them. For this you need to use the print button on their screen, not the usual Windows one. I think it is super and would like to hear opinions from various users.

I Do give my love to everyone at the Guild. I remember them all so very well and everything they did for us too. It was all like the most marvellous dream!

Mary Hicmott


Welcome! to our blog of Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild.

We invite you to come join us, sharing our love of stitching, as we preserve the needle art of embroidery and participate in our workshops and monthly meetings.

The Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild, affectionately known by its members as KEG, was started up in 2007 by two very keen and enthusiastic ladies.

The main objective of Guild is to offer a place where keen and like-minded needle crafters could  meet to discuss and exchange ideas.    We have covered a vast amount of techniques, and at each meeting we attempt to teach a new one.   It was this sharing of knowledge among the members that has developed into the format of the Guild meetings we have today.

Happy Embroidering 🙂

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