Sketchbook challenge

February / March 2020

“POCKETS” have been picked this month.

Some interesting interpretations and many different modalities from drawing to stitch.

There was also news of the 2020 sketchbook revival being launched soon.  Many of us joined in last year.

click here for link to sketchbook revival 2020


November 2019- January 2020


Helen brought to today’s meeting some wooden blocks and challenged us all to take a few home and “do” something with them.



And here are some of the results:



October/November 2019

A month off the sketch book challenge whilst TOPstitch members helped the Embroiderers’ Guild with a display planned for Makers’ Festival in the Forum, Norwich, 08 – 23 February 2020.  We have been producing stitched “Luggage Labels”.

Come and stitch with members, see the Guild display or join in with one of the workshops.  Even better come to one of our meetings, details available at the Forum during the Festival or on Chairman’s Blog (click here)

The Festival website should be “live” at the end on November. (click here)

Promo collage with MF logo

September/October 2019


August/September 2019


The “Season of mists and yellow fruitfulness” is fast approaching, so “Harvest” is very apt:

Here’s what we produced…


July/August 2019

Our challenge is:


What we see on our pathways, maps of our pathways, textures on them.  Very interesting to see the different ways of interpreting this theme.



June/July 2019


Many are busy preparing for our forthcoming exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre, but we have a few pieces to show….Nasa’s Juno mission gave a lot of inspiration, the Dior exhibition at the V&A some too plus Shakespeare and Aesop..



May/June 2019







A very interesting challenge producing a wide variety of sketches, some reflective others joyous and happy.  Some discussed old pieces of work.

April/May 2019

“Sketch Book Revival”

We’re “doing different” this month by participating in a free on line sketch book course.  Anyone can join, it runs from 22nd April for 4 weeks.. do follow this link..

Sketchbook revival 2019


This didn’t “float everyone’s boats”, but about half of us signed up and attempted some of the challenges.







March/April 2019









Decay of vegetation, fruit vegetables, to decay in old age and urban decay.  We covered the topic in many different ways demonstration the richness of this group. We are lucky.


February/March 2019


This challenge has been interpreted as chemicals, design, Greek and Chinese to name just a few ideas.








January/February 2019

“Metamorphosis” – we thought it time for a change.

This challenge provoked some really good ideas, from the changes in insects’ lives, to changing artefacts, communication over the millennia and rocks.








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September/October: “Tendrils”

What is a Tendril? – a slender leafless shoot by which some climbing plants cling, or could it be something else??

We’d all been quite busy this month with a very successful Cley exhibition.











We were all busy in July and August finishing our pieces for TOPstitch at Cley so had a break from the challenge.  Now it’s:




let’s get out the purples, pinks and blues..


Here are some of the results:











We were given the choice of two excerpts from poems by Kevin Crossley-Holland:













May/June – “Asparagus”











April/May – “Sound”

How many definitions of “sound” can there be?  We found many different ways to interpret the word this time.










Lots of ideas to work with.



March/April – “Duplicity”

This proved very inspirational for many of us….










and will be taken further on from the sketch books.



Feb/Mar – “Contentment”




Jan/Feb – “Text of your choice”











Dec/Jan – “Underfoot”











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