Essex Guild of Silk Painters
Essex Guild of Silk Painters

Branch Events 2022


NORMALLY: Branch events are open to members only and places must be booked in advance. We are however a friendly group and open to new members joining! Most workshops are held the first Saturday of each month, in Toot Hill Village Hall, near Ongar -postcode CM5 9LR- from 10am-4pm. 


DURING PANDEMIC CONDITIONS: We use a mix of online, distanced outdoor and distanced indoor meetings depending on the laws and advice in force at the time, and how many members can meet. Therefore plans may change at quite short notice- and we do need to know who is coming to any in-person events so we can manage everyone's safety and hygiene properly. We do however try to vary between general chats, short workshops and more normlal day long events so please do join us.


Please note details on the dates & details below may change during the year; we will try to keep them up to date here but will also try to notify members directly of any sudden short-notice changes!

Please book spaces by emailing Sue O'Hea on


Remember, for some of our in-person workshops if you don't fancy the planned activity you can bring your own project to work on. Please check with Sue O'Hea before you do however as for some space is limited, especially with COVID measures in place!


If we still can't meet in person, we do try to organise an online meet-up at 10am on the day we would have had our normal workshop, to chat, share silky and other craft things and keep in touch. These generally last about an hour unless we are doing a workshop. Members will recieve an invitation to the video-meet by email; if you haven't heard from us recently please email to make sure we have your current contact details!


Meetings planned for 2022: 

Online, already happened

10th January -                      AGM (online) and chat

5th February -                      Online talk by Kate Findlay about her textile art; from Henley river scenes to abstract

                                             quilts/images inspired by the Large Hadron Collider!

5th March -                            Special General Meeting to set up a new Constitution (online)

2nd April -                            Playday at Toot Hill 

7th May -                              Visit to Scott's Grotto, Ware, led/hosted by Rowan Lloyd

Coming up

June -                                    No meeting as it clashes with the Jubilee Bank Holiday

30th June- 2nd July -            Three day batik workshop Thursday-Saturday at Toot Hill. There will be some light

                                              teaching/inspiration and you will be able to leave your equipment set up between days so 

                                              a good chance to work on big pieces.




6th February -  online            A general group catch up. People shared their 2020 panels for our group project.

6th March -      online             Julie Winnard taught us to make rag wreaths from scraps of silk, ribbon and wire.

10th April -      online             People shared their finished panels for the 2020 banner project and future workshops.

1st May -          online             We shared some different styles of hearts- not all silk- which members have been making


5th June  -                             11am We are planning to meet at Hylands House Park in Chelmsford for a picnic

                                              lunch and possibly some sketching. We will beone larger group or more than 1 smaller

                                              depending on the rules.


3rd July -                              A playday/ making small bags with iron fix paint to ease us back into things!

                                             Plus, PAT testing of eletrical equipment for those that need it. We may use a mix of inside                                               and out depending on the weather (we will try to arrange shade/rain shelter if so!)

23rd October -                      Jenny O'Leary workshop- batik dyeing, possibly on paper

4th December -                     Xmas short fun workshop and festive lunch



4th Feb-                                 We did a "100" themed group scarf painting to commemorate the anniversary of GoSP

2nd May -                              We were planning to visit the Kimono exhibition at the V&A instead of a workshop.

                                              Although we couldn't go we did a video meet and there is an online tour of it here. 

June-November -                   We managed to have zoom calls most months to keep in touch with each other

September -                             A few of us met in Hylands Park, Chelmsford for a picnic lunch, plus some sow and tell.

                                               We took some lovely photos in the Jubilee Garden.

October -                                Two groups of 6 visited Valentones Mansion in Ilford, where in addition to the historic

                                               house we saw Jason Rose's lovely exhibition of nature-inspired art.

November -                            We issued an old-style newsletter with some projects such as the Medecine Spoons

                                               memorial (sewing) and making panels for a group 2020 banner (a tricky creative

                                               challenge, as well as an Xmas card outline. Some members said it really helped them get

                                               back into little bits of silk painting!

5th December - ​                      We met online for a festive coffee, wore festive hats/headgear and did a very silly quiz!




Please see the Gallery and the Past Events page for some photo highlights of previous years.



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