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February 5th 2022 – our next meeting

Jane Rollason

Textile artist with a passion for patchwork and quilting

presents an illustrated talk celebrating her career

‘Hong Kong Stitches and Beyond’

at Darlington Stitch and Create

Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall. Carmel Road South, Darlington DL3 8DJ


Jane Rollason is a British textile artist, judge, tutor, speaker & author.  For Jane, as for so many of us, it is her love of fabrics and all things creative which is the thread running through her life.  Her greatest joy comes from sharing her knowledge with students at workshops and with those who attend her popular lectures.

Originally with a career as an art teacher, and whilst living in Hong Kong, her love for fabrics turned into a passion for patchwork and quilting.  On her return to the UK Jane undertook various City & Guilds creative textile courses and rapidly started gaining awards whilst continuing to spend time teaching in college.

Jane has exhibited widely around the world in places as diverse as America, Russia, Europe and Israel.  She has won many national awards, including at the Great Northern Quilt Show and Scottish Quilt Championships: and has shared her knowledge through writing extensively, publishing books and magazine articles.

Tickets for non-members to attend this meeting are available by email and should be booked and paid in advance. (£5)

  Please contact    secretarydtonstitchandcreate@gmail.com

Display of Jane’s work

Her work is bright and colourful

Rings and Wheels in Darlington

The experiences of recent months are reflected in the collection of pieces presented in ‘Rings & Wheels’, our exhibition at Head of Steam, Darlington Railway Museum.  9th October 2021 – end of January 2022.

The variety of pieces designed and worked by our members illustrates how we have all coped with the stresses that have affected us since early 2020. 

The exhibition was planned before the pandemic but those plans were halted, along with everything else whilst we grappled with the fallout of this challenging year.  Our strategy as a group concentrated on supporting our members and making best use of our ability to use stitching and embroidery to help cope with lockdown and the reality of isolation. Darlington is the place where railways were born in 1825 with North Road Station the original 1840s railway station which now highlights the history of the growth of the railways.  The pieces are shown within their unique small gallery – ‘The Waiting Room’; formed from the original station Waiting Room at this historical building.  Having the new found freedom to come together as a group has made a huge difference to our members.  This made it possible to arrange an Exhibition Preview at the museum which was a very happy event.  Thank you to museum staff for making it a real Platform Party – what better way to celebrate than to enjoy Afternoon Tea beside a majestic railway engine!!

The results of online workshops during the time when we were unable to meet in person and the theme of the railways – the original inspiration for the exhibition – has now filled the display cases in The Waiting Room with a colourful array of pieces. 

We are very keen to take this opportunity to communicate to visitors how important having the interest and ability to create with a needle can be to our sense of wellbeing.  We are keen to welcome new members to share our passion for all things related to stitching and creative and visual art.

Head of Steam Museum is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays during the winter season.

For details of winter opening hours and admission charges please visit the museum website


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Head of Steam. Darlington Railway Museum

North Road Station,

Darlington, County Durham DL3 6ST

01325 405060

There is plenty of on site parking and you can also travel there by rail as it continues to be a station stop.  But, be warned:- check the timetable for full details of train times which are limited!

The Fletcher Award is one of our competitions and all members of the group are eligible to enter. The work has had to be done in the last year and can be from a kit. This also took place at our meeting. It was won by an exquisite Kingfisher in a goldwork technique and this was created by Sandra Whiston. It was as a result of an online course run by The Royal School of Needlework and it was designed by Becky Hogg.

Other inspiration for some of the pieces – Stitch Magazine No. 98 ‘The Embroidered Garden’ by Kazuko Aoki; Tiny Treasures Blackwork by Liz Almond; Flamingo Toes blog and The Northern Echo.

The following information on up and coming programme dates. All are first Saturday as previously arranged.

September 4th  Sew Colourful    Beryl Frank
October 2nd    Annual General Meeting of Darlington        
               Stitch and Create.
               Talk by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick.    
               Bridging the Gap
November 6th   The Weardale Tapestry
December 4th   Friends of the Stockton & Darlington 
               Railway. Countdown to the Bicentenary

Work from the recent workshop with Kate Slaughter of Kate’s Kloths or as a result of inspiration from the workshop.

Our Aims

We aim to  promote embroidery and related crafts to everyone and as a group we collect, preserve, document, interpret and make embroidery accessible to all, through exhibiting, showing examples and being visible in our community. 

Our 5 attributes – suggested by our members

1. We are a friendly and caring group and our meetings have a relaxed atmosphere.

2. We have fun and are given the opportunity to experiment and learn at morning workshops.

3. We reach out and share with our local community and beyond.

4. Our members pass on skills by encouraging others and sharing expertise.

5. We are always learning something new from each other and expert speakers.

We are a friendly bunch who meet regularly on the first Saturday of every month (not August) at Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall. The meeting proper is from 2.00 pm. We suggest that you get there a little sooner so that you can sign in, have a cup of tea and and meet other members.

Darlington News

If you are looking for inspiration or for something to do, why not visit the Darlington for Culture website for ideas. There are plenty of arts activities and opportunities available online, with some in-person events taking place too. Visit the DfC website http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/ and Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts to find out more. 

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