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


2018 Talks:

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

“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 some artists including herself are using 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:



Tel. 07804 364666 / 020 8241 2108

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.

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.

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.


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 - Mexican Cats
November 10th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Scandi Horse


Saturday Dates for 2019 are: 

January 12th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

February 9th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

March 9th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

April - No session 

May 11th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

June 8th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

July  20th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

August 10th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

September 14th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

October 12th - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

November 9th  - 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Dec- No session

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

August 10th 2019

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, 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

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
October 13th - 11am - 1pm - Mexican Cats
November 10th - 11am - 1pm -
Branch Project (Cloth on Gold) or Scandi Horse

Members bring your own project, work on your Cloth on Gold branch project, or join new members in making a Scandi Horse (small fee for horse). 

It will be a fun and relaxing morning with plenty of inspiration and cake!

Saturday Dates for 2019 are: 

January 12th  - 11am - 1pm

February 9th - 11am - 1pm

March 9th - 11am - 1pm

April - No session 

May 11th - 11am - 1pm

June 8th  - 11am - 1pm

July  20th  - 11am - 1pm

August 10th  - 11am - 1pm

September 14th  - 11am - 1pm

October 12th - 11am - 1pm

November 9th  - 11am - 1pm

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