margarets hare

interpreting sound in fabric & stitch with Debbie Lyddon

interpreting sound in fabric & stitch

with Debbie Lyddon


  debbie lyddon workshop










  ye feb 2016


Friday Evening Meetings

Friday Evening Meetings are held from 7.30pm

Change of Venue:  Since last 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



Friday Evening Programme

26th January 2018  New Year's Party

23rd February 2018  - Sophie Long -  ‘The RSN and Beyond’

Sophie’s time at the RSN and what she has done in the years after


23rd March 2018 - Carole Ransom -  ‘The History and Making of Knickers’ Includes samples from 1800 to present day.

27th April 2018 - Pete & Della Storr -  ‘Maximo Laura and Woven Colour’

Maximo Laura is one of South America’s most accomplished Tapestry Weavers.  He works with bold colours and designs.



25th May 2018 - Jennifer Hughes -  ‘All Stitched Up’

Quilting, patchwork, and reverse appliqué from around the world.

22nd June 2018 - Members’ Evening (non-members also welcome! it is a great time to try things out and shop and have tea, biscuits and a chat)

27th July 2018 -  Janet Crowther -  ‘Why the Trees are Blue’

The trees in woven tapestries in stately homes are always blue.  Six panels based on tapestries at Knole House.

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

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.

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


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 Caroline Lang



Tel. 020 8224 3008

2018 Workshops:


28th April 2018 -  Sophie Long -  ‘Ribbon Embroidery’

Learn how to embroider using silk ribbons.

23rd June 2018 – Alison Hulme - ‘Love to Print’

Printing with Gellie Plates, Thermofax Screens, Stamps and Stencils.

20th  October 2018 – Carole Waddle, Marina Roussac-Hatton and Sue Salomone -  ‘Frivolous Fabric Flowers’

Stunning flowers from scraps of fabric.



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.

Dates for 2018 are: 
Kingston Museum Art Gallery
Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames

Jan 13th -1.30pm - 3.30pm - Hieroglyphics
Feb 10th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Hearts
March 10th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Hoop-mania
April 7th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Hoop-mania part 2
May 12th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Ribbon Embroidery
June 9th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Felted Vessels
July 7th- 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Printing a Beach hut summer tote bag
**National Celebration of Stitch-free workshop
August 4th, 2-4pm - Summer Lovebugs
September 8th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Collage on Canvas
October 13th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm -
November 10th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm -

also at the
Kingston Museum:
*National Celebration of Stitch-free workshop,

August 4th 2018, 2-4pm - Summer Lovebugs

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

A child does not have to be a member to come to their first Young Embroiderers’ workshop but, after that you must join the YE Group with the Guild. As there is a cost involved of £10, we will help with this by allowing one free session after you join & show the membership card the Guild will issue. Check out the many benefits of joining -fun ideas and competitions - and membership registration on their website http://www.youngembroiderers.com/



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, have some tea and 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.

Dates for 2018: 

Double check dates before coming, thanks.
Jan 13th -11am - 1pm - Bring your own Project or just come for a chat.
Feb 10th - 11am - 1pm - Velvet Hearts mini-workshop
March 10th - 11am - 1pm- Embroidery in a hoop mini-workshop
(There will not be a Stitch Saturday in April).
May 12th - 11am - 1pm - Ribbon Embroidery mini-workshop
June 9th - 11am - 1pm - Felted Vessels mini-workshop
July 7th- 11am - 1pm - Printing a Beach hut summer tote bag mini-workshop (reminder: there is a small fee for mini-workshops)
National Celebration of Stitch -free workshop
August 4th, 2-4pm, Summer Lovebugs
September 8th - 11am - 1pm - Collage mini-workshop - please book
October 13th - 11am - 1pm - TBC
November 10th - 11am - 1pm - Branch Project (Cloth on Gold)
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