Friday, March 22, 2019

March meeting

Travel Inspired Stitch was the title of our March meeting. Perfect for me, two of my greatest loves and combined together too, Our speaker was a former EG graduate Laura Marriot who had travelled up from Derbyshire. Laura had been on two extended holidays /tours which had inspired her work, Southern Africa and SE Asia. I was in my element as each place that she mentioned brought back happy memories for me. I have so many pictures stored in my head but rarely have the skill to transfer them to fabric and thread. Laura experimented with wall art but decided that her skill and also a way to fund her work was through the medium of wearable jewellery.








The jewellery was all very brightly coloured and reminded me of the Hindu temples. She begins with a photo and then incredible black and white drawings. However her skill is then taken into our 21st century where she combines /cuts up images on her laptop. Not something possible for someone like me.Laura is however coming to a workday on 25th May and we will be able to learn more about her process and hopefully take away a completed brooch.

Our meeting started with congratulations from Brenda on the production of birds but said that more are required. She also mentioned her other challenge begun at the Jacobs Feast to stitch a small piece of fabric 
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I took along my completed piece from the last evening speaker, Liz Almond and then three pin cushions that I had made based on an idea of Kathryn at Pendle Branch.

Vivienne then showed two rabbits that she had just completed. They were fully dressed , including undies and had great personality. Im sure they will be well received gifts, not not really to be played with.

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      March 2019
News
Our next workshop is this Saturday, March 23 with Liz Cooksey, who came to our May 2017 meeting.  You should   have received an email telling you what items it is suggested you bring to the workshop.
In May we have a workshop with Laura Marriott who is our speaker tonight.  Please add your name to the list if you wish to attend her workshop.
The EG national AGM is in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 6 April.  Details and booking form are on the Guild  website.
Contact Magazine.  You should have received an email from Pat Tempest at EG HQ announcing that a monthly edition of the Magazine will now be emailed to all members containing more information about the Guild’s activities nationwide. It will be also available on the Guild website.  Only an Annual Review of the Guild will be printed each year.
Competitions
The subject for the Rosebowl competition for NW region next year is “Twist it, Turn it”.  There will be a joint regional day/AGM for 2019 on 28 September at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang.

Exhibitions

Glossop branch are having an exhibition at Chatsworth until 22nd April, see the poster on the noticeboard.

Rochdale branch are having an exhibition at The Coach House, Lodge St, Littleborough OL15 9AE from 6 April to 5 May.  Open daily 11-4pm.

Ten Plus have an exhibition “Beneath the Layers” at Warrington Museum and Gallery, WA1 1JB until 23 March.

Whitworth Gallery, Manchester until November 2019. – an exhibition of textiles from the Islamic world “Four Corners of One Cloth”.

There are a number of exhibitions this year at Gawthorpe Hall to mark the 60th anniversary of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth establishing her unique textile collection as a trust.  Information on the noticeboard.


If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh. 

Our Bolton blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com  
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild
and our activities.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February Meeting

Liz Almond, one of our members led the practical evening yesterday. She had chosen to teach us Kogan work,  She explained that it was done by the wives of Japanese fishermen and each village would have its own pattern. She had some amazing pieces and it didnt look tto hard......just running stitch. To make life easier , she had brought alonf packs for us, thread, fabric a needle and pattern.











Liz ezplained how the design we were to work could be used to make so many other items, pencil case, cushion or bag for instance. All we had to do was to count, one three or five. Easy!!!No, the TENSION was palpable. Very little chatter, just one three and five over and over again. I unpicked mine so many times that I only managed the inner square. Liz suggested that Aida fabric might make it easier and I intend to try. I can say that I will not be making a tablecloth!!!
It was a pleasant evening, though and i will work at my technoque.

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      February 2019
News
This Saturday is our Saturday stitch Day at Bank Top Chapel.  We will be trying out different activities and products and you can bring your own projects.
Our next workshop is on March 23 with Liz Cooksey, who came to our May 2017 meeting. Please pay the balance of the workshop fee tonight if you have not already done so.
Following on from the successful Capability Brown and 100 Hearts projects, the Guild’s project for 2019    is HOME -what does it mean to you?  Details of how to take part are on the noticeboard and the EG   website.  Last date for Registration is 28 February.
The national AGM is in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 6 April.  Details and booking form are on the Guild  website.
During this evening’s meeting we are going to have a fund raising auction of some magnifiers, other items and some lace, all of  which have been donated to us.  Listen out!!
Competitions
The national members’ challenge for 2018/19 is “Life’s Rich Pattern”.  Details are on the member’s section of the Guild website, you will need to log in.
The subject for the Rosebowl competition for NW region next year is “Twist it, Turn it”.  There will be a joint regional day/AGM for 2019 on 28 September at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang.

Exhibitions

This weekend Preston EG have an exhibition, “Shorelines and Seascsapes”  22,23 and 24 February at the Green Room, Barton Grange Garden Centre, near Garstang.  Glossop branch are having an exhibition at Chatsworth in March and April, see the poster on the noticeboard.

Ten Plus have an exhibition “Beneath the Layers” at Warrington Museum and Gallery, WA1 1JB

Sorrell Kerrison’s display at Bolton Art Gallery continues until 24 February 2019.  Also from 24 Jan -23 Feb, there will be an exhibition showcasing the work of staff and students from the BA(Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton, inspired by Bolton’s textile heritage.

Alice Kettle has work at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester until 24 Feb 2019. ‘Thread
Bearing Witness’ contains large textile works that consider the subject of migration and how individuals, groups and communities respond to it.   Also at the Whitworth – an exhibition of textiles from the Islamic world “Four Corners of One Cloth”.

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh. 

Our Bolton blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com  
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild
and our activities.




Sunday, January 20, 2019

Jacobs join

Yesterday was our annual Jacobs join. Lunch with an activity , some stitching and plenty of time to sit and chat. If you have not yet tried it, then put the date in your diary for next year!!!! We meet at BANK TOP not at Horwich. Bring along a plate of food to share and usual sewing eqipment. You may go home with a prize and another plate of food.
 This time Brenda introduced a guess the famous person with only YESor NO answers. certainly quite taxing as we had to remember whether each persona was dead/alive , male or female etc. As older people Brenda relented and read out the list of possible names, several times. Shelacgh [AKA Sherlock Holmes}was amazing and annihalated the rest of us.guessing all but about three people.
The lunch spread was again imaginivite and plenty. I know that members were packing up food parcels to take away at the end.
I stayed to hear about the afternoon stitching activity which I think was a bit like "Consequences" where you stitch a bit and then pass it on. What" It" was is a mystery to me. Brenda would not say except that they could be used at an exhibition in October. I was leaving early as I had to drive to Mums so left at this point.Cant wait to hear and see about these mysteries.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jan 2019



I was delighted to meet our speaker, Melanie Kay, last year at Harrogate. She was there as one of the EG graduates [congratualations] In conversation , I found that she completed her degree at Bolton Uni  and still lives in Manchester. I asked if she would like to speak at Bolton but Carole had got there first and she was already booked.
So walking in last night , it was lovely to meet her again. I was  glad I was there as there was a technical problem and I was able to utilise the old laptop that I had donated to Bolton years before. As well had a wonderful, display and great slides. Please visit Melanies site for better photos than mine and you will see the quotation below that explains her work.

www.melanie-kay.com

I am a Manchester based Embroidery Artist that has a strong desire for my artistic work to be meaningful, purposeful and to act as a visual language. I like to experiment with a variety of canvases, which link to the subject matter to form narrative. Imagery, text and colour are used metaphorically to encourage thought, raise questions and provoke speculations.











As you can see, Melanie has concentrated on using a cariety of metals in her very innovative work. Some was passed around and we were fascinated to see how she deconstructed, embroidered on and then reconstructed a beer can!!! You would need to hear her amaxing explanations to really apprecaie her work. Recommended....


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      January 2019

News
Helen, the caretaker at Horwich Community Centre will be retiring at the end of the month so we will be  having a collection for her tonight.  The Town Council are co-ordinating contributions from all the organisations which use the centre and there will be a presentation on 31 Jan.
Jacob’s Feast is this Saturday at Bank Top Chapel, doors open 10.30am.
Our next workshop is on March 23 with Liz Cooksey, who came to our May 2017 meeting.  We have to cover the costs of this workshop so the fee will be £28, plus a small charge for materials payable on the day.  It is limited to 12 people – a deposit tonight will secure a place, full payment in Feb.
Following on from the Capability Brown and 100 hearts projects, the Guild’s project for 2019 is HOME -what does it mean to you?  Details of how to take part are on the noticeboard and the EG website.  Last date for Registration is 28 February.
Please listen out tonight for details of an auction we are planning!!
Competitions
The national members’ challenge for 2018/19 is “Life’s Rich Pattern”.  Details are on the member’s section of the Guild website, you will need to log in.
The subject for the Rosebowl competition for NW region next year is “Twist it, Turn it”.  There will be a joint regional day/AGM for 2019 on 28 September at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang.

Exhibitions
Sorrell Kerrison has a display at Bolton Art Gallery consisting of intricate hand embroidered portraits of four of the museum’s founders, together with a short film.  Until 24 February 2019.  Also from 24 Jan -23 Feb, there will be an exhibition showcasing the work of staff and students from the BA(Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton, inspired by Bolton’s textile heritage.

Alice Kettle has an exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester until 24 Feb 2019. ‘Thread
Bearing Witness’ contains large textile works that consider the subject of migration and how individuals, groups and communities respond to it.   Also at the Whitworth – an exhibition of textiles from the Islamic world “Four Corners of One Cloth”.

The Creative Craft show is at Event City in Manchester, 31 Jan – 2 Feb.  Among the demonstrators
will be Bex Raven who will be coming to our June meeting to talk about the art of Wabi Sabi.

Preston EG have an exhibition, “Shorelines and Seascsapes”  22,23 and 24 February at the Green Room, Barton Grange Garden Centre, near Garstang.

Ann’s stock of cards is running low.  If you have any hand-made cards you can spare, please give
them to Ann.    If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh. 

Our Bolton blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com  
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild
and our activities.








Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Brenda and Pam


Gnome Brenda presents Pam with her gift , whilst Pam shows off her 3 Wise Men. 
My thanks To Ann for the photos, battery on my phone was terminal!!!

December meeting

We had quite a long discussion about the state of our finances and our future at the start of our meeting. Tutor fees and travel costs have inevitably risen yet we still charge very little for out Bolton fee, We must all be aware of the situation and think carefully about what we can do, The committee have decided that refunds cannot be given for non attenders at workshops but still want to encourage support for these events.Personally I can sympathize with their dilemma., it is so hard when time and effort has been invested but support is declining.  Use it or loose it.
Brenda announced that Bolton Art Gallery had not accepted our request for gallery space. We were there a few years ago and supposedly it was a very successful event but we are competing with so many craft associations. She requested ideas of possible venues. However she still went ahead in publicising her challenge. She would like to make a bird installation and so brought along many photos, worksheets and ideas. The plan is to create free flying 3 D birds that might be attached to a branch of a tree. They shouklld NOT be more than A4 in size and completed for end of March. My mind is buzzing as I saw so many wonderful pelicans very close up whilst in Namibia. Their beaks are pink, orange, yellow, and turquoise and i cant forget them.
Barbara then distributed small packs which were used to make a tree or angel decoration for the tree.The idea was to complete one during the nmeeting as well as voting for our competition and having some food, kindly made for us by the committee. I finished my angel just before the end so its now on my tree.
Our competition was a piece inspirad by a line from any Christmas Carol[not the novel}. There seemed to be fewer entries this year {why , it was a simple idea......} but I was delighted when Brenda announced that Pam was the winner. I did have a word with Brenda, It was hard to take her seriously when dressed as a Gnome....but only a joke as I was really impressed that she had made such an effort.
We meet twice in January, our usual meeting and also our annual Jacobs feast. Please try to support each of these events, organised for us by the committee. Can I wish you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      December 2018
Welcome to our members’ Christmas Evening and our last meeting of 2018.
Competitions
The national members’ challenge for 2018/19 is “Life’s Rich Pattern”.  Details are on the member’s section of the Guild website, you will need to log in.
The subject for the Rosebowl competition for NW region next year is “Twist it, Turn it”.  There will be no regional day next April, a joint regional day/AGM for 2019 will be held on 28 September at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang.
Chairman’s Challenges.  Brenda will give details tonight of two challenges she has lined up for us in 2019

Courses
Classes in embroidery take place every Tuesday 10-12 and 1-3 at the Friends’ Meeting House, Bolton.
Further details: contact Lucy 07977 821119 or visit lucysembroidery.com

Summer School.  Details of next year’s residential school from 31 May - 2 June are on the notice board.

Exhibitions
Sorrell Kerrison has a display at Bolton Art Gallery consisting of intricate hand embroidered portraits of four of the museum’s founders, together with a short film describing the processes involved in their creation.  Until 24 February 2019.  Also from 24 Jan -23 Feb, in the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery, there will be an exhibition showcasing the work of staff and students from the BA(Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton, inspired by Bolton’s textile heritage.

Alice Kettle has an exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester until 24 Feb 2019. ‘Thread
Bearing Witness’ contains large textile works that consider the subject of migration and how individuals, groups and communities respond to it.

The Creative Craft show is at Event City in Manchester, 31 Jan – 2 Feb.  Among the demonstrators
will be Bex Raven the “Queen of Rust” who will be coming to our June meeting to talk about the art of
Wabi Sabi.

Ann’s stock of cards is running low.  If you have any hand-made cards you can spare, please give
them to Ann.

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.  Both Preston and Rochdale EG branches have exhibitions planned in Feb and April 2019.   More details later. 

Our Bolton blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com  
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild
and our activities.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Barbara caught in the act{she does not like photos!!!!}

Monday, November 26, 2018

Harrogate Knitting and Stitching

It was an early start for me on Saturday as I was off to Harrogate. I believe that over the three or four days about a dozen of us travelled from Bolton. We arrived at a back door adjacent to the Embroiderers Guild area so I went there first. Quite a few trustees and our CEO were all in attendance. I do feel proud of our Guild at this time, lots of exhibitions, the longest emmbroidery , graduates and scholars. This year I especially wanted to see our display of 100 Hearts. Pauline and I had both contributed.


This is Paulines



and mine.

I did not count how many were on display but it was a considerable number. Above is another view of some of them.
I also photographed some of the entries for the Guild competition "Underfoot" but many have been seen in the Stitch magazine as well,

For once I didnt spend much money , mauch of my time catching up with "old friends"or studying the many exhibitions. I will share just a couple of photos. The first is a huge knitted piece , one of many by Dawn Hemming, called "Spiralling out, Lapland"
Finally a piece thay I dont think I will ever forget, based on Jenni Duttons mother and her transition through Dementia. SO POWERFUL.