‘Summer floral garland’ stitching workshop

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 a half day workshop.

This will take place on Friday 19 May 10am to 1pm. Places, at £15pp, can be booked by clicking on the button above. The workshop is suitable for both new and experienced stitchers.

With Gaynor’s expert help, participants will stitch ‘summer floral garlands’ which can be applied in lots of different decorative ways. Each participant will take away at least one garland and a pattern to use at home.

In terms of the skills involved, the floral garlands will be created using several different types of embroidery stitches such as French knots, lazy daisy stitch etc.

Gaynor will provide a basic kit. Needles and scissors will be provided but 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 two successful workshops led by Gaynor at the centre over the last six months when participants produced a fabulous array of ‘raindrop birds’ and ‘patched hearts’.

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: “The summer floral garlands are a lovely thing to make because they provide an opportunity to experiment with different embroidery stitches and can easily be personalised, so that everyone can be individual to the participant.”

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. Over the past three years the group has actively encouraged sewing projects, especially during pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, sending out kits that people could work with at home and running online sessions.

Further information about Gaynor’s craft work is available at

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