Windsor & Maidenhead Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild
Windsor & Maidenhead Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild

Welcome to the Windsor & Maidenhead Branch of the Embroiderers' GuIld

Next Meeting 9th January 2018

Our speaker Beverley Ayling- Smith 


Beverly's work examines the emotional states of mourning and melancholia. It focuses on the emotions of grief, loss and absence expressed through cloth.


Exhibition Time!

The Seashore and Beyond

This is our annual members' exhibition in conjunction with watercolourist, Martin Dutton.

Elizabeth House

Station Hill

Cookham Rise


November 6 - December 1

Opening times:

Mon - Fri 9 - 12 and 1 - 3


Open weekend:

November 11 and 12

10 - 5.30

Parking is limited at Elizabeth House but short term parking is available very close by. There is a lovely Pizza cafe and a Country Store opposite. So please come and visit and have a lovely coffee or pizza while you're there.

 November Meeting - November 14

Our next meeting at The Soltau Centre at 7.30 is a mini workshop looking forward to next year when we will be hosting the SEW Regional Day. It's a tradition to make a little gift for the attendees so that's what we will be doing. Please bring a pair of scissors and sewing needles. You will also need threads in shades of red with a little contrast thread. Just bring what you have as we will also provide some threads.

March Meeting - March 14, 2017

Alison Hulme

Alison will be our speaker this month. She is a well known screen printer who makes and sells screen printed aprons. You may have seen her at the Knitting and Stitching Show. Alison gives a lively and informative talk so come along and join us for the evening. Visitors pay £6 and this includes tea or coffee and biscuits. The doors open at 19.30. We meet at The Soltau Centre which is the church hall behind the church of St James the Less in Stubbings which is on the outskirts of Maidenhead and easily accessible from both the M4 and M40 via the A404 (M). There is plenty of free parking and the wildflowers in the churchyard are wonderful.



Michele Carragher

Michele is the principal costume embroiderer on HBO's Game of Thrones. She was our May speaker and what a thrill it was to hear about her work on GoT and other productions.


Capability Brown

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown our work is on display at the wonderful Blenheim Palace. Click on poster to enlarge

Our work in celebration of the 300th Anniversary of Capablity Brown is now on display. Together with several other Branches we are exhibiting work inspired by the wonderful lanscape he made at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. We owe a big thank you to Blenheim Palace for welcoming us as part of their celebrations. For opening times see


The exhibition closes on Monday, May 2nd but will be opening at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames on July 20th.

Members' exhibition a great success!

Congratulations everyone on a successful exhibition as part of the Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail on 19 & 20 September. We had 200 visitors to our Members' Exhibition in Nicholson's Walk in Maidenhead. We shared the pop up shop, kindly provided by the management of Nicholson's Walk shopping centre, with watercolourist Martin Dutton. Arrangements to use an empty shop free of charge went down almost to the wire but it was well worth the effort. Visitors saw a wonderful range of work featuring different techniques. The special attraction of the exhibition was a wonderful dislay of  'Wellington's Wellies'. Members were given a welly to embellish with embroidery to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. I hope Wellington would have enjoyed the enhancements to his footwear although I doubt he could have worn any of them as they were all size 4. A huge thank you goes out to those members who helped set up and steward the exhibition and of course to those who entered their wonderful work.

National Day of Stitch, August 1 2015

Four members went to Ray Mill Island at Boulter's Lock, Maidenhead, to stitch in the sun. We took up a spot near the entrance to the park and got to stitching. It was a little chilly and some threatening clouds appeared but we stayed dry. We enjoyed ourselves talking to the public passing by, eating some delicious cake made by Morag and, of course, stitching. It really was a lovely few hours and we're keen to do it again soon.




The Guild Members’ Challenge this year was ‘All That Glistens’ and our own Elaine Izod won the Margaret Nicholson Award for Composition with her piece, ’Icy Road Conditions’. She was also Highly Commended in the Constance Howard Award for ‘The Most Outstanding Piece’. The judges’ comment on her work was "A beautifully designed piece which brings out the feel of ice and snow, effective use of hand embroidery".

 Elaine is a member of the textile exhibiting group, Diversity and also a member of Wokingham and District Branch.

 Congratulations, Elaine!







anita Bell

Anita Bell, who is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, was the speaker at our March 2015 meeting. She works in hand dyed and painted tissue paper and handmade paper. She then embellishes her work with machine stitching.

She is a prolific worker and brought numerous pieces to show us how she develops her work from different points of inspiration. She told us about her method of working into layers of paper supported initially by soluble fabric. We were amazed that, when she washes away the soluble, the paper stays intact. Her bowls and baskets were admired by all and I think there is a Day School in the offing.

Do check out her website!



Night Sky by Anita Bell

South East West Region - Regional Day 2016

This year the  SEW Regional Day will be hosted by Oxford Branch at Our Lady's Senior School Abingdon, OX14 3PS on April 16 . Tickets cost £25 each and include refreshments on arrival and a buffet lunch. Speakers will be:

Diana Springall and Michele Carragher

Jan's & Jean's Art Works Stolen

On the weekend of 10th to 12th May our Joint Presidents Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn gave a very well-attended lecture on the Friday evening, followed by a two-day embroidery workshop in Louth, Lincolnshire.  They were made very welcome by the organisers and everyone thought it had been a very successful weekend.  Until, that was, they came to pack away and discovered that a number of stitch samples, sketchbooks and artworks were missing, and it also appeared that some of their books and DVDs could not be accounted for.


Anyone who has attended one of their talks or workshops will know how generous they are in allowing participants to examine their completed embroideries, samples and sketchbooks, many of which have been photographed and used to illustrate their very popular range of books. Before this incident they have never been subjected to apparently methodical theft of this magnitude and find it very difficult to comprehend. They will take more precautions when sharing their work in the future.


Obviously these valuable works took Jan and Jean many hours to create over a number of years and they use them constantly in their teaching. As you can imagine they are very upset about this, especially as they had enjoyed working with the group.  When Jan told our group about the losses there was a stunned silence, but we were aghast when she told us that some of Jean's sketchbooks, were stolen including one from a teaching trip to America that is totally irreplaceable as they don't anticipate returning to the area where the drawings were done, we were amazed that someone could be so callous as to take the source material Jean would have used to produce new work; of what possible use could these books be to someone who had not created the sketches?


The police are now involved and are actively investigating this incident, so if you attended any part of the weekend and saw anything suspicious, please contact the Louth Police.  Alternatively, there is a possibility that the works were taken in error and if that is the case they can be sent, anonymously, to Double Trouble, 25 The Crescent, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6AA.


Please send a link to this article to anyone you think may be able to help publicise the loss or post it to your Facebook or other social media. Alternatively, if you are offered them or see any of the pieces for sale, please contact the police or Jan & Jean at the above address.


Let's help in any way we can to recover these items!



Wessex Stitchery Workshop

We are a branch of the Embroiderers' Guild and as such are committed to education about all aspects of the history and practice of embroidery and textile arts.


Are you interested in embroidery or any aspect of textiles? Just want to find out more about what we do?  Why not join us at one of our friendly evening meetings, usually held on the second Tuesday of most months at 7:30pm



The Soltau Centre,

Behind the Shurch of St. James-the-Less,

Henley Road,



Berkshire SL6 6QW


You need to have no special skills or even be an active stitcher, with us you will find plenty of inspiration and people to teach you if you want to learn new skills.  


We normally have a speaker who brings a presentation and examples of their work or pieces from their collection. Alternatively we organise a mini-workshop evening for those attending to try new materials and techniques and these are sometimes combined with social evenings.  See our programme page for more details of what is planned for your intended visit. 


In addition, membership brings the opportunity to join our other activities such as Saturday Schools, Visits, Design Days, Exhibitions and Group Projects.



We are a Branch Member of the Embroiderers' Guild


Find out how to get involved - see our current programme & courses on our Diary Pages or contact our membership secretary.


Next Meeting:

Tuesday 9th January 2018

7:30 to 9:30 at the St James- The-Less Stubbings Henley Road Maidenhead SL6  6QW Guests £6 Guild Members £5

includes light refreshments 

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2018 - The Royal School of Needlework have 150 different inspiring courses and classes for beginners through to advanced levels. If you would like to develop your hand embroidery skills- check their website for details


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