New home for Grantham stitching group

Layers of Stitch members from left, Kay Carne, Jean Marshall, Jackie Murray and Sue Cork with the travelling books.
Layers of Stitch members from left, Kay Carne, Jean Marshall, Jackie Murray and Sue Cork with the travelling books.
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A popular embroidery group are a ‘force to be reckoned with’ after finding a new home at Grantham Tennis Club.

Layers of Stitch, the Grantham branch of the national Embroiderer’s Guild, were left without anywhere to hold their monthly workshops after ‘Stitchcraft’ on Londonthorpe Lane went into receivership in November.

Group banner created by Layers of Stitch members.

Group banner created by Layers of Stitch members.

The group, which started last summer, were forced to cancel their December meeting, but were then delighted to receive offers from several other venues, including from Grantham Tennis Club off Gonerby Road, which has proved to be ideal.

Chair of Embroiderers’ Guild Grantham (EGG), Kate Pike, said: “We were offered their newly refurbished, original building, which includes a kitchen so that we can make tea and coffee - a requisite for stitching! We have been made very welcome.

“We had an overwhelming number of people to our first meeting there on January 6, proving that we are a force to be reckoned with in the local textile world.”

The group, which currently has 40 members is all about stitching and socialising, and meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am-2pm to develop their skills and create a variety of textiles.

WWI themed hearts made by Layers of Stitch.

WWI themed hearts made by Layers of Stitch.

These include joint projects such as the group banner created by hanging together postcard-sized pieces of work by each member on material dyed by the vice-chair Jean Marshall.

Members are also each contributing pages of embroidery in ‘travelling books’ that get passed around the group, as well as working on bunting with the EGG name which itself has inspired a competition to create the best ‘egg’ inspired textile.

They plan to hold exhibitions of their work throughout the year, and have already had World War I themed embroidered hearts on display at Grantham Museum, who also came forward to offer a potential venue.

Moreover support in running the workshops has come from well-known local textile artists Mary Sleigh, Brenda Scarman, and Pauline Verrinder.

To get involved with the group, contact secretary Vicki Honeywood on 01476 550001.

* The renovated building at Grantham Tennis Club is also available to hire for other groups looking for a venue, and can be booked by calling the club on 01476 591391.