alchemy /ˈalkɪmi/noun a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

Christmas Craft Market No2

We have been unexpectedly invited to join the fun at the Hurstbourne Forge Christmas Craft Market on Saturday 26th November 2-6pm. Plenty of beautiful handcrafted items from the Alchemists alongside other stalls, food and music.

Christmas Fayre at the Andover Museum

The Alchemist’s Needle are at the Andover Museum this Saturday (19th November) for the Christmas Fayre. Do come and meet us and take a chance to buy some super stocking fillers and handcrafted gifts from us and other local makers. It’s on from 10-4 and we’d love to see you there and to welcome you…

Exhibition opens this week!

The final planning meeting before the first Alchemist’s Needle exhibition at the Andover Museum took place yesterday (the cake was essential!). There really is a feast for the eyes to look forward to with a wide range of techniques, materials and subject matter. The exhibition opens on 2nd November and runs until 8th January. There…

Workshop by Nikki Parmenter

At the end of July, three of the Alchemists travelled to Droxford for a delightfully inspiring workshop led by Nikki Parmenter – Plastic Entrapment. The technique involved sandwiching brightly coloured fabrics between layers of PVC followed by intensive free motion machine embroidery. Mandy, Alison and Sarah were so inspired that they have continued to create…

About Us

Eight creative women sharing a fascination with the alchemy of textiles.

Welcome to The Alchemist’s Needle

We are a group of eight women who love textiles and needlework. We meet once a month when we learn new techniques and create interesting textile based objects and artwork. We learn from each other and invite outside artists to widen our experience. In the future, we plan to visit exhibitions and museums to inspire…

First Workshop of the Year

Alchemist’s Needle member, Sarah Maddison, has been making beautiful embroidered purses for a while now and she sells them in her Etsy shop. We were delighted when she said she would show us how it was done. It was a workshop of two halves. First we created the stitched design directly onto the felt, which was slightly daunting as it was done completely freehand. Then came the assembling which required concentration and lots of direction from Sarah. The results are unique little purses, perfect for presents.

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