Welcome to our Group website...

This friendly and creative group has existed for nearly forty years as a branch of the Embroiderers' Guild. We now begin an exciting new chapter as an independent group.

We are stitch and textile enthusiasts who come together to learn and share our passion. We look to the future combining both traditional and contemporary techniques.

Our programme offers talks, workshops and informal groups covering a diverse range of subjects reflecting the interests of our members - go to our gallery and see what we do! You do not have to be an expert to join - beginners are very welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting so do come and visit.

What we do

We have a varied program of activities, which include:

  • Talks and demonstrations
  • Workshops with internal and external tutors
  • Exhibitions
  • Group projects

Our meetings give you the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy an interesting talk on an aspect of embroidery, stitch or textiles. This will probably be illustrated by a presentation and practical examples of work. Don't expect all the meetings to be the same, each presenter is an expert in their subject and will have their own way presenting their material.
  • Buy materials from sales table, these have often been donated so we're able to sell them at a very reasonable charge.
  • Borrow library books from a wide selection on our library trolley.
  • Talk with like-minded people over a coffee or tea.

Our group projects give us the chance to get to know each other better whilst acquiring new skills or developing existing ones.

  • We're presently working on "travelling books". These have proved especially popular during lockdowns, when it's not possible to meet in person.
  • Our latest project is an ambitious crewel work panel which has been commissioned by Forty Hall The panel shows aspects of the history of the Hall and of the life of its former owner, Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Rainton.
  • You can see one of our previous projects, a version of the Elizabeth 1 Rainbow portrait, hanging at Forty Hall.

Join us

If you like the sound of what we do, why not join us?

You'd be very welcome, and can attend for three meetings, without any obligation to join.

In normal times you could just come along to one of our meetings. You can see our current programme of meetings here.

That's obviously not possible at present, as all our meetings are held on Zoom. So instead, just email Helen at chair@nlstitchandtextiles.co.uk for Zoom log in details.

To become a member, we ask for an annual payment of £40, and £3 for each meeting attended. To join us, please contact Wendy at membership@nlstitchandtextiles.co.uk.

Where we meet

Please note that owing to the coronavirus pandemic, all of our meetings and workshops are currently being held online only. Please see our Programme for more information.

Normally, our monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, from 2:30 to 4:30pm, at:

Orchard Room
Grange Park Methodist Church
Park Drive, Grange Park, N21 2EU

Our workshops are held at Chace Community School, on Saturdays from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Details of forthcoming workshops are on the programme. For these, booking in advance is essential. To do this please contact Helen. Note that if space is available, non members can attend!

Chace Community School, 
Churchbury Lane, Enfield, EN1 3HQ

Our informal embroidery and stitch group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 1:30 to 4:00pm. Contact Ailsa for details. The meetings are held at:

Friends' Meeting House 
Church Hill, N21 1LE

Our Newsfeed

As well as the Facebook page above, we also have an Instagram page, which you can access by clicking this link. The Facebook page will give you our latest news, whereas you'll find more eclectic information on Instagram. So it's worth your bookmarking and checking out both pages, regularly.

Group Library

We maintain an extensive library of stitch and embroidery related items.The library catalogue is available at:

North London Stitch and Textiles Library

Books may be borrowed at group meetings for a small fee. Items marked in the list as archived are held away from the meeting hall, but they may be borrowed by contacting Chris who will bring them to the next meeting.