margarets hare

interpreting sound in fabric & stitch with Debbie Lyddon

interpreting sound in fabric & stitch

with Debbie Lyddon


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karen's sunflower



Friday Evening Meetings

Friday Evening Meetings are held from 7.30pm (please arrive 7pm)

Change of Venue:  Since May 2017, Kingston and District Branch is no longer using the Surbiton Library Hall for their Friday evening meetings.  Instead the current venue is as follows:

St Marks C of E Church Hall, Church Hill Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4UG

Surbiton Station is at the bottom of St Marks Hill.

The following buses stop near to the Church Hall:

K1. K2, K4, 281, 418, 406


2018 Talks:

Friday Evening Programme


28th September 2018   AGM
(Members - please send apologies to the AGM, if cannot attend)

26th October 2018 - Anne Kelly -  ‘Folk Tales and the Natural World’

Anne discusses her inspiration over the last 20 years



23rd November 2018 -  Kingston University, School of Fashion

“Blitzed! When one Denim Jacket Tried to take over the world”

The Denim Jacket project reprisal...deconstruction/reconstruction....students, Fashion Archive Manager, and Professor of Fashion (& Ex-Fashion Editor of Blitz Magazine), talk about their exciting denim jacket design projects which originated as a Blitz Magazine commission in the mid-80s

In 1980’s clubland customisation was key. No one wanted to look the same or label themselves with their clothes. The aim was to individualise your look, often with zero resources.

Professor Iain R Webb, (ex fashion editor of Blitz magazine) invited 22 designers to each customise a denim jacket. 32 years on he has been working with first year students from BA fashion at Kingston School of Art, inviting them to create their own contemporary versions.

Listen to the story of the Blitz denim jacket from Professor Webb with the aid of Caroline Alexander Senior Lecturer and the students who created their individual interpretations of the Blitz denim jacket. https://www.vam.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/175270/Blitz_jackets_press_release.pdf

Caroline Alexander, Senior Lecturer/L4 Year Leader - BA Fashion

Prof. Iain R. Webb, Fashion Lecturer (Instagram: hopeandglitter)

With students talking about their projects - 

Originating from the 1980s (there were examples of jackets redesigned by Alaia, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, etc) -  as well as the new context of the jacket today https://www.vam.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/175270/Blitz_jackets_press_release.pdf

2019 Talks:

25th January 2019  New Year's Party

22nd February 2019  - South Essex College

A talk by Rachel Young from South Essex College with the aid of presentations by students on the BA Hons degree course in costume construction.

The College works in partnership with the Royal Opera House and emphasises the cut and construction techniques for costume in the following areas:- performance art, theatre, opera, dance, music, musical theatre, film and television.


22nd March 2019 - Michele Carragher -  ‘Costume Embroidery for Film and Television’  - The path leading her to work in the film and television industry as a costume embroiderer.

Michele will explain how she developed her style and techniques, as well as giving an insight into how she does her job.  She will show examples of her embroidery work and explain the process of how she created some of the designs for the television series Game of Thrones and Elizabeth I

26th April 2019 - Jo Mabbut -  ‘Gilding the Lace’

My developmental journey from decorative painter to lace gilder.  Jo brings new life to antique and vintage lace crochet and tatting by gilding with real metal leaf, bronze powders and metallic transfer foil and has developed many experimental and distressed techniques. She also prints with lace, crochet and tatting resulting in delicate gilded designs.

24th May 2019 - Joan and John Fisher -  ‘Tent Makers of Cairo’

Moveable Palaces-Spaces and places for Decoration

Historical overview of needle turned appliqué techniques as applied to the decoration of tents from mid 19th century, followed by a review of the evolution of designs from late 19th century to the present day and an explanation of techniques.

 28th June 2019 - Members’ Evening (non-members also welcome! it is a great time to try things out and shop and have tea, biscuits and a chat)


26th July 2019 -  Christine Chester -  ‘Mixed Media Textiles’

Artists in the textile world are increasingly using materials other than fabric in their work. This talk will illustrate how she and other artists are including other materials and why. 

27th September 2019   AGM
(Members - please send apologies to the AGM, if cannot attend)

25th October 2019 - Wendy Dolan -  ‘Layer, Paint, Stitch’

With the publication of her book Layer, Paint, Stitch, Wendy will share her exciting world of stitched textiles. Ideas for inspiration, design and combining techniques will be discussed with examples of pictures, wedding garments and large commissions. 


22nd November 2019 -  Elizabeth Betts - Reimagining Jane Austin's Quilt

The talk is based on the community quilt project made at Jane Austins House Museum in Hampshire. Inspired by the coverlet that is on display in the museum which was made by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, over 300 people across the world took part in the making of two quilts based on the authors life story. Elizabeth worked on the project for 11 months as a quilt designer and facilitator.


Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops are held at St John the Baptist Church Hall, Robin Hood Lane, Kingston Vale, SW15 3PY  Map

and normally run from 10.30am - 4.30pm

For details and to book a place on a Saturday workshop,

please contact Pam:





2019 Workshops:

27th April 2019 -  Jenni Klaka -  ‘Silk Painting’

How to use silk paints and blockers with ideas for incorporating these with embroidery.  Jenni will aim to give a grounding in silk painting techniques and give participants ideas to develop and incorporate into their work, structuring the day so that they can take away one completed item with them. £22.00 members, £27 non-members, plus £5.00 materials on the day.

29th June 2019 – Jo Mabbutt - ‘Metallics for Textiles’

This workshop will introduce a wide range of metallic media, including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil, suitable for use on a variety of textiles and associated surfaces.

26th  October 2019 – Wendy Dolan -  ‘Machine Embroidery inspired by Gustav Klimt’

The patterns and colours in the work of Gustav Klimt provide an endless source of inspiration for design. Fabrics will be layered and worked into with freehand machine embroidery, and then areas of the design will be cut/ burnt away revealing exciting colour combinations. Imitation gold leaf will be used to embellish the designs.

23rd November 2019 – Lynne Butt - ‘Colour, Texture, Line’

Time to relax and have fun ...

If you are looking for a workshop where you don’t have to lug in everything but the kitchen sink and spend hours sourcing materials the week before........This workshop is for you.  Come and enjoy a fun day of play. Working on paper you will use resists and collage, print and make marks with various media and tools. Sparking ideas of colour, texture and line for your future textile projects.  All materials will be supplied for a small fee. Wear old clothes and bring in a few bits of rubbish! Jam jars, plastic pots etc. I will give you a very short list and I’ll be the one doing the lugging!


Young Embroiderers

We run a Young Embroiderers group for young people aged 5 to 17. These exciting Saturday afternoon workshops (generally 1.30pm - 3.30pm-see date & times below) explore techniques in stitching and textiles using a variety of methods. They are fun - and sometimes messy!  *(we ask a parent/adult please accompany)*.  £5 per child.

Kingston Museum Art Gallery
Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames

Saturday Dates for 2019 are: 

January 12th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Weaving inspired by the Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern

February 9th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Scottish Hearts & Fairy Doors

March 9th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Folksy Flowers & Macrame,

April 13th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - starting our YE Exhibition pieces making a Cloth on Gold mini-project

May 11th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Cherry Blossom-silk painting,

June 8th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - National Celebration of Stitch - Little Home in Another Land


July  20th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm – Sunflower Tote bags

August 10th- 1.30pm - 3.30pm – Printed Scarves / Lunar Inspirations

September 14th  -– 11.30am-1.30pm* – (*note this is earlier than usual) Klimt Metallics & Finish YE Cloth on Gold mini-project, book HERE

Exhibition: Golden Threads and Silver Needles,
Kingston Branch 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 4th October – 19th October 2019,
Kingston Museum

October 12th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Gold & Black Bat mobile

November 9th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Klimt or Christmas Advent Door

Dec- No session

For more information e-mail Karen  (YE Leader) at YeKingstonSecretary@gmail.com

As of 1st September 2019, a child does not have to be a member of the guild to attend Young Embroiderers workshops. 



Stitch Saturday

Kingston Museum Art Gallery

If you would like a bit of space to spread out and work in peace for a couple of hours- make some felt or paint background fabric etc. or just come and stitch, chat, eat biscuits or maybe cake, this is the perfect time!

For some of the sessions there will be planned mini-workshops and demonstrations where you can try out different techniques or materials. There will be a small fee for mini-workshops.  please book ahead - contact admin@kingstonanddistrictbranch.co.uk

Double check dates before coming, thanks.

Saturday Dates for 2019 are: 

January 12th  - 11am - 1pm - Weaving inspired by the Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern

February 9th - 11am - 1pm - Scottish Hearts & Fairy Doors

March 9th - 11am - 1pm - Kumihimo with Carole Waddle

April 13th - 11am - 1pm - Cloth on Gold members exhibition branch project - time to work on your project, gain advice, finishing and attaching to the background.

May 11th - 11am - 1pm - Cherry Blossom-silk painting

June 8th  - 11am - 1pm - National Celebration of Stitch - Little Home in Another Land

July  20th  - 11am - 1pm - Sunflower Tote bags

August 10th- 11am - 1pm -Bring your own project to stitch - book here:

September 14th - 10am-12pm* - Klimt metallics (*note earlier time)

Exhibition: Golden Threads and Silver Needles,
Kingston Branch 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 4th October – 19th October 2019,
Kingston Museum

October 5th -Special Exhibition workshop – Gold, Collage, and Stitch– inspired by Cloth on Gold,  book your place HERE

October 12th - 11am - 1pm- Gold & Black Bat mobile

November 9th  - 11am - 1pm - Klimt Christmas

Dec- No session

Kingston Museum Art Gallery
Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames


Stitchin’ Time    

Creative embroidery classes and interest group run by one of our members:

Stitchin' Time meets at the Long Ditton Village Hall (Upper), 2 Ewell Road, KT6 5LE. Tuesdays, 1pm to start 1.15pm to 4.00pm. 

Learn more about the textile crafts in a friendly group. Beginners are welcome. We work on a wide range of projects geared to suit all abilities. 

Please contact tutor Kate Davis for more details 020 8398 0771 or

Email: kdavis398@aol.com