CETG Programme for 2021

Until further notice, there will be no live talks due to the Coronavirus. However all talks will take place on-line via Zoom at the same date as the original meeting. The meeting will start at 7.30pm and the lecture at 7.45pm.

Links will be sent to members and Visitors are welcome to join the virtual evening for £5. Please contact Pirkko Soundy to arrange this at pirkko@soundy.plus.com



Monday 11th January
“Show & Tell” by the

CETG Hand Stitching Groups

CETG currently has three Hand Stitching groups which meet in members

houses on a regular basis. All three groups produce some incredible work

but operate in very different ways. Each group showed work carried out

by members and talked about what they gain from these meetings. 

Read about our talented members' work here.



Monday 8th February
“Stripes, Braids and Duck Tails” by Pirkko Soundy


All Nordic countries have strong traditions in National Costumes. In this

talk I will take you for a journey charting the history of Finnish National

Costumes. We will begin from the 18th and 19th century origins of Finnish

folk dress, journey through the beginning of the 20th century when what

once were the Sunday best clothes for country folk developed into

recognized National Costumes. Finally, we will also look at how these

traditional clothes have found their place in the 21st century. We will also

examine examples of costumes and the different techniques that go into

making these colourful garments and find how stripes, braids and duck tails

all help to make these costumes special.  Read more about Pirkko's talk here.




Monday 8th March

“Landmarks” by Sue Nicholls

An exploration in stitch of the natural and manmade elements in a landscape

that combine to give it familiarity and sense of place. The process of turning

sketches, photographs and observations into a body of work using a variety

of materials and techniques.  Read more about Sue's talk here.

Monday 12th April

“Journey into the Unconventional”

by Jessica Grady


Jessica is a mixed media embroidery artist who utilises waste and

unconventional materials to create her own beads, sequins and

embellishments. She has exhibited her work in shows and galleries across

the UK and Europe and shares her skills with schools, community groups

and organisations across the country. Her talk will explore her

non-traditional approach to textiles and the journey so far in her

artistic career. Read about Jessica's inspiring work here.

Monday 17th May

Please note this meeting has been moved from the 10th May!

"Creative Journeys"

by Shelley Rhodes

The presentation focuses on three areas:

1 Shelley’s personal creative journey from very early work, through to her

current practice

2 Shelley will show how her work follows a creative journey from an initial

idea, through collections, sketches, photographs, experimental pieces and

samples, towards a finished piece.

3 She will share her visual journals and sketchbooks to show some examples

of how she records a journey or holiday. 

Read about Shelley's fascinating talk here.



Monday 14th June
"Traditional Hand Embroidery in Detail”

by Auburn Claire Lucas


Through pictures of her work Auburn will demonstrate how she progressed

gaining in accuracy, preciseness and detail throughout her training. She

will share tips along the way, and end with techniques in embroidery she's

really passionate about - Whitework, Stumpwork and 18th Century




Monday 12th July
“A Picture and a Thousand Words”

by Effie Jessop

Effie uses hand embroidery to create portraits, often using counted thread

letters to build up the tonal effect. This combining of words and image allows

for two levels of the story to be told; do the words reveal something that

the picture was concealing, or reinforce what was already visible in the image?


Effie also creates line portraits celebrating moments that are usually personal

such as birth and breastfeeding, giving wall space to things that too often are

kept only in memories.


Monday 9th August
“Rags to Riches: Finding Inspiration from the past ”

by Maria Walker

When Maria Walker found a bundle of old letters in a Cheshire Antiques Centre

she embarked on a creative journey to tell the stories they contained.

Monday 13th September “Paint with Thread”

by Emillie Ferris

During this talk Emillie will give an overview of her journey into painting

with thread.  She will discuss how she finds inspiration from the changing

seasons, as well as discussing how the slower pace of embroidery can

bring us joy.




Monday 11th October
“Palestinian Costume and Bethlehem

Embroidery” by Deborah Mullins

An illustrated introduction to the traditional women’s dress of pre-1948

Palestine, set in its context and an exploration of the tahriri embroidery

used on Bethlehem dresses of the period - and how it has inspired

Deborah’s own work.






Monday 8th November “Finding my way in Stitch”

by Viki Jenkins


An overview of Viki’s journey in hand embroidery and stitch, with a

focus on studying with the RSN on their certificate course and

studying handbag design and making at London College of Fashion.







Monday 13th December “Handspinning and Natural Dyeing”

by Gilly Pusey

Gilly explains the processes and history of spinning wool from

fleece to yarn, and will bring a spinning wheel for demonstration.

She also explains her method of dyeing with plant dyes.

Image fro Sue Nicholls
Image for Auburn Claire Lucas
Image fro Jesssica Grady
Image for Effie Jessop
Image for Maria Walker
Image for Emillie Ferris
Image fro Deborah Mullins
Image for Viki Jenkins
Image for Gilly Pusey
Shelley Rhodes