The Kenya Embroiderers Guild is a small group of embroiderers who meet at the East African Women’s League Headquarters at WEAL House on Bishop’s Road in Nairobi on the second Thursday of every month except for August.  We open the doors at 9.30 a.m. and we all enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a snack.  The meeting starts at 10.00.

We have an annual membership subscription of KES 1,200/-.  We also have a monthly charge at the meetings attended of 50/- for members or 150/- for guests – this helps with the charge for use of the room.  We already have an excellent library of donated books and recently we have been able to purchase specific additional books and magazines.

Our aim, as with the Kenya Quilt Guild, is to bring in international embroidery teachers to present workshops.  Towards the end of last year we had our first successful overseas presenter, Mary Hickmott, who created five classes especially for us:  Mountmellick, crewel, canvas stitches, goldwork and hardangar.  Kits with all materials required, plus needles, were part of the subsidised workshop costs.  We are working on another such series for the beginning of next year when new techniques will be introduced.

Our monthly meetings are actually workshops and different subjects are introduced–often by Gail Langton, the Chairman, who has knowledge of a broad range of techniques.  However, we do encourage members to participate and indeed this month Sara Shamil one of our members who comes from Sri Lanka will be introducing cutwork embroidery.

Each presenter creates a small kit so that we can go away and practice what we have been shown.  We keep the cost of the kits to a minimum and sell them for KES 300/- which has to cover the cost of materials in the kit and the Guild.  This is just to give us all a chance to see if the technique is something we may want to explore further.


Cut thread embroidery

Cut thread embroidery

We would love to welcome you at a meeting and can perhaps even tempt you to give a workshop on ribbon embroidery at some time in the future.  Our next meeting will be Thursday 13th October.  Workshop on cut thread embroidery by Sara Shamil; this is what we will be making.  Please bring back any library books or magazines.  Small change always appreciated and a plate of something to share if you can.  Many thanks and look forward to seeing you there.