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




Stitch fun series – Ebroidering different types of petals

Good morning! Sharing with you all today one of the link from Mary’s website of embroidering different types of petals.

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Do you want to add more variety to your hand embroidery projects by stitching different types of leaves or flowers?

After all, when you look at flowers and foliage in their natural setting, they’re rarely exactly the same!

Since flowers and leaves are probably the most common motif in hand embroidery, it’s good to have a whole arsenal of stitching techniques on hand for embroidering them.

Here are sixteen different ways you can embroider leaves and flower petals.

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Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild AGM 2016

Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild held its 9th Annual General Meeting today the 12th of May 2016. At the AGM Chairman’s Gail Langton annual report was read and the financial report was presented.

At guild we do lots of interesting projects, learning of embroidery techniques and master classes. This year we did master class with Mary Hickmott, a renowned embroider from UK and the publisher of magazine New Stitches. Do check Mary’s blog by clicking on the link Mary Hickmott

The yearly embroidery exhibition by KEG is coming up in October 2016. Once again we are looking forward to some exclusive pieces of work done by our members. We are looking for Sponsors, if interested do get in touch with us.  The money raised helps us to conduct yearly masterclasses in embroidery by some renowned embroiders .

Membership is due for renewal, at 1500/- for the year.

Mary Hickmott’s Master Classes in February 2015

Once again to teach beautiful embroidery techniques Mary Hickmott is visiting us in February 2016.  Techniques like canvas work, cut work, applique and crewel work, a counted beadwork sampler and a more ambitious stump work project will be some for the master classes . For a sneak preview of the applique and crewel work design, go to Mary’s blog (Mary Hickmott Designs).

Master Classes These will be taking place in February. The dates are 16th, 17th and 18th and 23rd, 24th and 25th February 2016.

1.Canvas work – worked with Perle 5 on canvas. There will be three choices of colour, blues, pinks and autumn colours.

2. Cut Work – worked on white fabric with white thread

3.Paisley Project – as shown above, using appliqué and embroidery.

4. Beadwork samplers-There are four different colours of these – the option to purchase the other colours to make a set will be available

5.Stumpwork-This will be a two day master class, one day in each week so that you have time to work on the project before doing the second part.



Show and Tell for September 2015

The amazing work displayed by our members 🙂

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Challenge Kit 2015

Challenge kit

The Guild Challenge.  The idea is to sew an embroidery with the theme “The Sea” or “The seashore”.  This gives a lot of lee way in so far as you could stitch a landscape, fish, boats etc.  In the kit is a larger piece of material. This is to be used as the base for your embroidery.   Should you not like the colour fee free to use another fine material on top e.g. china silk.  Also supplied are a few smaller pieces which can be used as part of the design.  A small selection of threads and beads are also provided.

You may (and in fact are actively encouraged to!) add to the items supplied.

There are a few rules.  The finished piece must be no bigger than the material supplied and no smaller that 8 x 8 inches.  You must use part of at least half of the items supplied.  You must use a minimum of 5 different stitches (using the same stitch with different colours counts as one!)  You must attach a piece of lace or fabric in some way (appliqué, lace roses etc)..  You must use some form of embellishments (beads, buttons sequins etc)

The date to hand your piece in is now January 14th 2016 – so start stitching!!!

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.




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