Helen M. Stevens


 Textile Artist

Member of the Society of Women Artists 


This Autumn, Helen will be contributing to the work of the newly and beautifully refurbished historical Guildhall at Bury St Edmunds.  In a series of participating events, including with her mixed media art collective ECHO ARTS, she will be exhibiting her work, lecturing/talking on her own and traditional embroidery techniques, demonstrating her work and supporting the work of SAAFA (the Armed Forces Charity) in the exhibition of the HOMECOMING HEARTS worked by skilled stitchers from all over the world (including Helen herself).  There is an event here for everyone, from embroidery enthusiasts to history buffs!



Tuesday 3rd - Wednesday 11th September

10.30 a.m. - 6.00 pm daily Admission Free

In company with the other members of my mixed media collective - ECHO ARTS - I shall be exploring the history of this fascinating building through my own artwork - in my case, of course, pure silk hand embroidery. I shall be interpreting the symbolism of nature to capture the essence of the Guildhall's history, in particular its relationship to Bury St Edmunds Abbey and the complex interaction of both with the women of previous centuries. 


THE CONQUERING STITCH - Before and After Bayeux

Sunday 8th September

2.00 p.m.  Admission £6.50 (concessions £5.00) 

Booking preferable but not essential (booking details to follow)

An illustrated talk to accompany my participation in the "ECHOES" Exhibition... After the talk itself I shall be happy to accompany attendees on a "personal" exploration of my displayed work.   (See also talk on Sunday 10th November which will continue the exploration of Helen's embroidery in the context of England's turbulent history.)



Wednesday, 18 September 2019 from 11:00-16:00  

Admission free.

To coincide with National Heritage Week, I shall be at the Guildhall demonstrating various embroidery techniques, both ancient and modern. This will be an opportunity to ask me about my various styles and to see them worked. (Please note that the ECHOES exhibition will have closed by this date.)


An international collaboration of love

6 Nov – 13 November: Open Wed. 6th; Sat. 9th; Sun. 10th; Wed. 13th.  10.30 - 6.00 Admission free

An opportunity to see the many embroidered "Hearts" (loosely based on a template by myself) created in support of SAAFA (The Armed Forces Charity) and sent from all around the world to commemorate the end of WWI. including my own several contributions. During 1919, many servicemen and women were only just arriving back with their loved ones. This intimate exhibition remembers their contribution to the war effort and the ultimate sacrifice given by so many others. Not to be missed by any embroidery lover or history buff.



Sunday 10th November

2.00 p.m.  Admission £6.50 (concessions £5.00)

Booking preferable but not essential (booking details to follow)

To accompany the HOMECOMING HEARTS exhibition.. Embroidery is often considered a "peaceful" pastime, but, it has played its part in many bloody conflicts over the centuries. Those who attended my lecture on September 8th "THE CONQUERING STITCH" will find this particularly interesting as it expands upon the earlier talk.