The Tandridge Handicraft Society was founded six years ago. Its aim is to encourage crafts in the area. The membership consists of both experts and amateurs and provides inspiration and guidance for all to create both beautiful and practical things. Some of the crafts which members are working on include patchwork, knitting, quilting, beading, tapestry (or canvas work), textile art, embroidery, appliqu�, lace making and crochet.
The membership comprises all ages and the society is keen to welcome younger members in order to keep the crafts alive in the Tandridge District. It's a very lively and friendly group.
Weekly meetings are held during term time. They last three hours. There is always someone there to help anybody who becomes stuck on a problem or who wishes to learn a new skill.
Talks & Demonstrations. Monthly talks and demonstrations are given by experts in their fields. These are well attended by members and visitors.
Workshops. During the year, Saturday Workshops are held when members can learn new skills.
Society Outings. Each year an outing is organised to a place of interest and inspiration for the members.
Projects. The project for 2007/2008 was to make a quilt using the Japanese Folded Patchwork method. Many of the members made several squares each which have been stitched together to form a single-bed quilt. The quilt will be raffled for charity at the Tandridge Handicraft Exhibition in March 2009.
Where and When. The members meet every Monday during the school year between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at The Woodhouse Centre, opposite Tandridge Leisure Centre, Oxted.
Membership fee. Yearly membership fee is �38, which includes all talks and demonstrations. Visitors are invited at �3 per Monday session. Please contact the Chairman for more details.
Autumn/Winter Programme 2008-2009
The meetings are held each Monday and include the following additional events
Monday 1st September. Autumn Term starts
Monday 15th September. Practical Session - “Embellishing with copper foil” – by Carol Waddle, creative textile artist working in mixed media, including felt, metal foil/wire, beading, hand/machine stitching.
Monday 29th September. An illustrated talk on Mexican Crafts by Irene Cooper followed by tea at 3pm and the AGM At 3.30pm.
Friday 10th October. Coach outing to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace.
Monday 13th October. “Shadow Work – Sheer Delight.” A talk on shadow work, using fine fabrics and hand embroidery by Ruth Collins.
Saturday 18th October. “Knitting & Crochet with Beads.” A talk by Pat Trott, also an embroiderer, who teaches regularly at Missenden Abbey and at Embroiderers' Guild Branches around the country.
Monday 10th November. “Japanese Braid and coiled pots.” A talk by Helen Deighan, professional textile artist and tutor
Monday 1st December. Break up for Christmas (with a little seasonal cheer).
Monday 5th January. Spring Term Starts.
Monday 19th January. “A day in the lif of a Fashion Embroiderer.” A talk by Nicola Jarvis, BA (Hons) in Fine Art, author, and teacher of art and embroidery at the RSN.
Saturday 24th January. Workshop 10am to 4pm. “Silk Painting” by John Farmelo of Missenden and the Earnley Concourse. A professional textile artist, he has been teaching silk painting for over eighteen years.
Monday 16th February. “Operation Overlord Embroidery.” A talk by Wendy Hogg, Senior Stitcher at the Royal School of Needlework.
26th, 27th, 28 March. TANDRIDGE HANDICRAFT EXHIBITION at the Oxted United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted (Raffle of Japanese Folded Patchwork Quilt).
Monday 6th April. “Japanese Layering and Laminatiing”. By Cas Holmes of West Dean College. Cas trained in fine art before specialising in painting and mixed media textiles and regularly gives workshops.
Monday 11th May. “The Art of Quilting.” A talk by Jean Hammond.
Monday 29th June. End of Term – usual meeting and a Show of Work by members