Jazz up your winter woollies stitching workshop

– Friday 22 September 10am to 1pm – £15pp

We’re delighted to welcome back local artist, teacher and maker of hand-crafted items, Gaynor Devaney, to the Old Low Light Heritage Centre for another half day workshop.

This will take place on Friday 22 September 10am to 1pm. Places, at £15pp (+small online booking fee) can be booked by clicking on the button above. The workshop is suitable for both new and experienced stitchers.

Each participant can bring with them a woollen item, such as a sweater, skirt, or socks and with a Gaynor’s expert help, will embroider a motif using a pattern provided. However, if they would rather, they can work on a smaller piece of linen or wool, which Gaynor can provide.

In terms of the skills involved, the pattern will include several different types of embroidery stitches such as French knots, lazy daisy stitch etc.

Gaynor will provide a basic kit, including crewel wools for the embroidery. While needles and scissors will be provided, participants may also bring their own.

Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided, and participants can also buy hot drinks and toasties, scones or cake in the Old Low Light café which opens at 10am.

The event follows three successful workshops led by Gaynor at the centre over the last year when participants produced a fabulous array of ‘raindrop birds’ and ‘patched hearts’ and floral garlands.

Gaynor, who has worked in the community for many years as an artist and teacher, including for organisations such as the Tyne and Wear Museums Service, the National Trust as well as hospitals and schools, said: “Embroidering onto woollen clothes is a lovely thing to do, as it can really jazz up a favourite winter woolly, giving it a new look.”

She is also a founder member of SEW NE29, a community group for people who like to stitch, which meets on the second Saturday of the month at Christ Church Parish Hall, North Shields.

Further information about Gaynor’s craft work is available at

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