Darlington Stitch and Create

Threads of Friendship

Ring of Flowers, Spring 2021

Our ring of flowers has various sources of inspiration. Some motifs were taken from from ‘A Fine Tradition, The embroidery of Margaret Light’ Published by Inspirations. They were copied and rearranged into a circular form. Others were inspired by a workshop led by Nikki Parmenter. Another was inspired by Clair Muir’s work. We also have one inspired by Tracy Franklin from an old article in Stitch magazine. The idea was used and adapted to develop a knowledge of stitches.

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

Welcome to Darlington Stitch and Create’s new home on the internet with a fresh style. Unfortunately we will be closed due to Covid 19 until we are given the all clear by the government. Meetings are going ahead via Zoom. You must be a member to qualify.

Message from our Chairman -Welcome to our new website. I am the present chairman Julia Goudge. Many of our members have held the post over the years as we have shared the work involved in running activities. It isn’t just Embroidery. We are interested in all types of textile work.  You do not have to be a Master to us. If you think that you are at master, journeyman or apprentice level you will be welcomed. Even those who no longer sew but enjoy the talks are welcome to join our group. Of course community is the biggest advantage to joining a branch. We hope to welcome you at Elm Ridge Methodist church hall once Covid restrictions allow.

Fletcher Award Competition Winners


Well done Judith

Our Charitable 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. Members can come along from 10.00 am to do their own work or to join in with an organised project. The morning sessions are a good time to mix with other members and join in with the chat. 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. If you are coming all day don’t forget your lunch. Non – members can come along to the afternoon session free for the first meeting. You must be a member after that if you want to come along again. This also opens up the morning sessions to you.

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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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