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Stitch & Bitch: intro to Needlework Tapestry

May 11, 2023

During our May session, you can have a go at some small pieces of simple needlework tapestry sampling, and learn the stitches that our Hollytrees Cushion Project volunteers used to create their pieces of textile art. If you have time, you can turn your sample into wearable art by attaching a brooch back.

Over the last 2 years, volunteer stitchers from our crafty community have been beavering away making needlework tapestry pieces, to be used as cushion covers for new soft furnishing at the Hollytrees Museum in Castle Park. This long collaboration between S&B, Visit Colchester and Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service began as just an idea in the spring of 2020, and was completed in March 2023.

We will also have some materials from the Hollytrees Cushion Project for you to take a look at.

If you want to take at look at the cushions themselves, then do pop in to the Hollytrees Museum before our sessions. The Museum is free to enter, open Monday – Saturday 10-5pm.
The cushions will be on display from 1pm on Saturday 29th April.



We’re an informal crafty club that meets once a month. The group was established in 2011 as an excuse to get our stitch on with local like-minded people.

S&B is for everyone who wants to learn, improve or show off their textile crafting skills. We are passionate about learning new crafts, making fun stuff and sharing it with each other & the world!

These monthly taster sessions are free to attend, and there is no need to book. Basic tools and materials will be provided but you may be asked to bring certain things to attend. Each session will have a theme, but you are welcome to bring along your own project to work on independently.

This series of 7 workshops has been generously supported by the Colchester City Council Cultural & Creative Events Fund, and our venue, Firstsite.

Thanks to their support these sessions are free for the public to attend. The sessions are aimed at beginners and improvers, to help give our local community access to creative activity, and to combat loneliness and social isolation. We would especially like to encourage attendance of people from low income households, but everyone is welcome.

Please support our host venue by purchasing a refreshment or two from the bar or cafe if you are able to. Donations to Firstsite are also welcome.

In 2023, our series of 7 monthly workshops have been generously supported by Colchester Borough Council’s Cultural & Creative Events Fund and by our new venue.

Thanks to their support, these workshops are FREE to attend.

Our group leaders Amy & Meg also deliver workshops for Firstsite & Essex County Council, and fees from these go into funding S&B too.


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Thu, May 11, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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