March Meeting

 “It is never too late to be who you might have been”

Join us and Zara Day as she talks about about the work she creates as part of her bespoke embroidery business, Rosemaryrose. We will hear how her business developed, her journey of getting to where she is now and the type of work she produces.

Zara is the founder and creative director of Rosemaryrose Bespoke Embroidered Textiles, an expert in embroidery design, and she specialises in the embellishment of fabrics for luxury residential and commercial properties.

The studio was established in 2013 working with interior designers, architects and product designers producing contemporary designs that mix the finest quality traditional embroidery skills with sophisticated digital technology to create long lasting collectable designs that are timeless.

After studying a BA (hons) in textile and fashion design, Zara freelanced for several printed textiles companies before training as a teacher.  She taught textiles, art, and design in secondary and further education establishments for over sixteen years, delivering GCSE, A level, International Baccalaureate and HND courses.

Whilst running Rosemaryrose, Zara has continued to share her love of embroidery and teaching, working with community groups linked to Escape Arts based in Stratford upon Avon and Nuneaton and leading embroidery workshops at Heals and the latest planned at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park.

As a result of Covid-19 and lockdown she has been running live online embroidery courses exploring traditional embroidery stitches in a contemporary, creative, and fun way. She now has eight groups with members progressing on to course 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 from all over the country as far afield as Aberdeen, Dumfries, Bogner Regis and Bristol.

For our Zoom screenshot this month we are asking members to wear the colours of Women’s Suffrage (white, green or purple, or all three) and to raise their right hand  to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th.  Find more information on IWD and this year’s theme here

 Book Group

Book group will be meeting on Tuesday 16th March and are reading The Mistletoe Murder And Other Stories by P.D. James along with two early Sue Grafton novels.

Hackney Heroes Update

Lynn has now delivered over 250 goody bags to the Homerton Hospital.  We are continuing to make the drawstring bags and there is a need for more lavender hearts so keep sewing sisters.

Spring Trail

We are pleased to be announcing that together with the De Beauvoir Gardeners , we are planning a Spring Trail similar to the hugely successful and very popular Christmas Trail. Restrictions permitting we will hopefully be running a stall selling jams, marmalades, chutneys and bakes this time.  Currently scheduled for May, watch this space for further information.