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Monthly meetings 

7.45pm for an 8pm start

We hold monthly meetings at 7.45pm (for an 8pm start) on the second Tuesday of the month (except for August).  We have a range of exciting, entertaining and informative speakers on a wide range of textile subjects.
 

  • January to March - meetings are held via Zoom

  • April to December meetings take place in the Holy Trinity Church Hall, Carlton Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2BX (the hall is just behind the church, accessible from the car park).
     

Meetings are free to members and visitors are welcome at a fee of £5.  If you are interested in coming along, please contact our Membership Secretary, Jane Hayward eastsurreymembership@gmail.com

If you give textile related talks, we would be interested in receiving details from you for consideration when we arrange the programme for future years.  Please email details to Jane Hayward, eastsurreymembership@gmail.com

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Tuesday, 9 January

Zoom meeting - 8pm

Modern Crewel Embroidery - speaker Jo Avery

A lifetime of playing with fabric and yarn has culminated in a career as a teacher, entrepreneur and designer. Jo’s natural affinity with colour and detail informs all  her quilts as well as a love of intricate techniques such as needle-turn applique and embroidery.  Straddling both modern and traditional quilting, she enjoys inspiring others through her workshops and retreats.  For more information about Jo and her recent book 'Modern Crewel Embroidery' join our Zoom meeting and in the meantime, you can read more on her website: 
www.stitchgathering.co.uk

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Tuesday, 13 February

Zoom meeting - 8pm

Textile Adventures - speaker Melanie Missin 
 

Melanie is British Textile Artist and Tutor and has been working with textiles for over forty five years.  In the last fifteen years or so she has been teaching textile and mixed media workshops for beginners and advanced.  In 2015 she opened her own studio in Cambridgeshire and has never looked back.  She has a passion for all things floral and fauna as well as old arts and crafts such as Indian Block Printing.  Stitching has taken her all over the world and she has been fortunate enough to visit India twice in 2019 and again in January 2023, where there was so much inspiration that it is now influencing her present work.  

Melanie will also be teaching an Eco dyeing workshop on Saturday, 9 March via Zoom - for details please see the workshops page.  For more information about Melanie, please see her website:  www.mellymadedesigns.com

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Tuesday, 12 March

Zoom meeting - 8pm

Welcome to the Zoom room - speaker Nikki Parmenter

This Zoom meeting is the perfect opportunity to hear from Cheshire based artist Nikki Parmenter, an artist who specialises in mixed media, textile based pieces. She takes inspiration from a variety of sources and is particularly interested in the way in which ancient societies created a series of visual symbols to represent the things which were important to them. She investigates myth and legend and draws parallels between societies, showing that although many people have different beliefs we are all united by visual iconography.

Nikki will also be teaching a workshop on Plastic Entrapment on 7 September via Zoom - for details please see the workshops page.

For more information about Nikki, visit her website:

www.nikkiparmenterartworks.com

Pink Liquid

Tuesday, 9 April

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill
Arrive 7.45pm
for an 8pm start

The House of Embroidered Paper - The Regency Wardrobe
Speaker - Stephanie Smart

Stephanie Smart is a fine artist who makes life-sized garments entirely from paper and thread.  They are created using free machine embroidery, hand-stitching, drawing and applied decoration.  Every piece is accompanied by detailed research and is inspired by historical fashion and social and national history from different eras as well as the stories and memories of individuals.  Her most recent collection The Regency Wardrobe was shown at Firle Place in the autumn of 2021, at The Royal Pavillion Brighton in the summer of 2022 and at Chertsey and Worthing Museums where it was seen by over 100,000 people. Stephanie's ambition for every piece of work is that it be aesthetically beautiful, technically ambitious and intellectually interesting.  In this talk, Stephanie will describe the background to her work with paper textiles and her establishment of The House of Embroidered Paper; which she describes as part fashion house, part fine art studio.  She will show images of particular pieces from The Regency Wardrobe and describe their inspiration and her working practice.  

More information can be found on Stephanie's website:

www.stephaniesmart.net/thehouseofembroideredpaper-home

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Tuesday, 14 May

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill
Arrive 7.45pm
for an 8pm start

AGM 

More details to follow

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Tuesday, 11 June 

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill

Arrive 7.45pm
for an 8pm start

Photographic Inspiration - speaker Diana McKinnon

Diana manipulates and deconstructs fabric which she then works on to create a variety of pictures from the English countryside to London scenes.  Her work is built up of layers of fabric and silk paper.  Machine threads are used like an artist's palette to create colour and texture and bring out the detail of the scene.  

Diana's new work uses vintage, embroidered cloth that is cut and stitched into a new piece that she can then use to paint on and stitch.

Diana is a London based textile artist, working primarily in free motion embroidery.  Coming from a teaching background, Diana continued to study at Adult Education Classes, and gained C&G qualifications in ceramics and creative embroidery.  She is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and has exhibited with them in London exhibitions.  She exhibits at Skylark Galleries, 5 Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground,  London, SE1 9PP.

Diana's website is:   www.dmckinnon.co.uk

Instagram:                  @mckinnondiana

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Tuesday, 9 July

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill

Arrive 7.45pm
for an 8pm start

Members' evening 

More details to follow

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Tuesday, 13 August 

Venue to be advised

Garden Party 

More details to follow

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Tuesday, 10 September

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill

Arrive 7.45pm

for an 8pm start

Embroidering the Forest Floor - speaker Amanda Cobbett

Amanda trained as a printed textile designer at the Chelsea College of Art (UAL).  She went on to work in the design industry for over 12 years before a move to the country and a gift of an old Bernina sewing machine enabled her to finally realise her dream - to work from home as a professional artist.  In this talk Amanda will discuss the basis of her inspiration, which comes from the countryside and the forest surrounding her home in the Surrey Hills.  She will outline her working process and discuss the materials used to create her sculptures, which she does using free machine embroidery and a selection threads, papers and silks. 

More information can be found on Amanda's website:

www.amandacobbett.com

Pink Liquid

Tuesday, 8 October

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill

Arrive 7.45pm
for an 8pm start

A Trip Around the World - speaker Gail Lawther

Gail Lawther is an award-winning quilter and teacher and is the author of many crafting books.  She began working full time in fabric and thread about 20 years ago, and cannot imagine a better way to earn her living!  She designs and stitches quilts for books and patterns and also creates larger pieces on commission.

For more information about Gail and her work, go to:

www.gaillawther.co.uk

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Tuesday, 12 November

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill

Arrive 7.45pm
for an 8pm start

Sew the Scene - speaker Sophie Levi-Kallin

Sophie sews scenes of (mainly) London from used/scrap fabrics and sewing machine embroidery. Sophie will describe her inspiration and method behind her art.  This will include how she chooses which scenes to sew, her compositions, collecting and selecting fabrics, using the sewing machine stitch/embroidery to attach the pieces and add depth, definition and details.  

 

For more information, Sophie's website is:

www.sewthescene.co.uk

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Tuesday, 10 December

Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill

Arrive 7.45pm
for an 8pm start

Christmas Party

More details to follow

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