Friday, July 20, 2018

Annual Meal

Tuesday was our annual meal and EGM. It was another warm and bright evening.We arrived from ^.30 and began with the EGM. This identified the officers and committee for the AGM in September. After this about thirty of us sat down for a very enjoyable 3 course meal and coffee. A lovely way to finish our "year". Below are 3 photos of those attending and also the newsletter. Next meting could be at Hobbycraft on sat


4th Aug to celebrate National stitch Day.I will not be at the Sept AGM but might remember to send in my piece for Mollys Cup. Enjoy the sunshine.


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      July 2018
Competitions
The theme of the Molly’s Cup competition this September 18th will be “Re-use, Re-cycle”.  The subject is up to you but most of the materials in the work must be re-cycled.
The Christmas competition at our meeting on December 18th will be your interpretation of  “A Christmas Carol”, any carol, not the book of that name.
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 National Celebration of Stitch is on Saturday 4th August.  This year the theme is “Hearts” and we hope to be stitching and promoting the branch at the Hobbycraft store in Bolton from 10.30am.ww  Do come and visit or join in.

Craft Fair.  We will be having a stall at the Triangle Craft Fair on 17th November.  We will also be running a workshop there.  Again, this is to promote the branch and raise funds, so we will need plenty of embroidered goods to sell. We have already started producing items and we will be making more at our September meeting.

Exhibitions

Textile 21:   “On the Edge” at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead, 8th July to 9th September. Open Wed – Sun, 10am-5pm. 

Merseyside EG: “Endeavour” at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral from 22-29 September. Further details:  www.megonline.co.uk.

Natural Progression Textile Group: exhibition and sale of textile art on the theme of “ freedom” at the Farmhouse Gallery, Astley Hall, Chorley PR7 1XA.  Open 12-3.30pm except Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Creative Craft Show is at Event City, Manchester  6-8 Sept.

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.

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com



Monday, July 16, 2018

Saturday Play Day

It was a bit of a worry on Saturday. The final of women and semi final of mens tennis at Wimbledon and a play day. Apologies I know the day has changed its name but I cant remember it. Well I promised Carol that I would attend and take along the lace lavender bags that I had been making so I arrived. It was also gloriously hot and I think many members must have felt like me. Anyhow the hardened few arrived. Barbara assembled the batik stuff and 3 members joined her, Brenda made a book cover Ann made a bag and I made another lavender bag. I had a compromise though, the bag needed filling and the lavender was at home, so I left about 2.00 arriving home in time for both matches. Most of these items are being made to sell at the Triangle in November. More are always wanted.Can i make a plea from gardeners for any spare lavender later in the year.

See you at the summer meal tomorrow,
Bags and bookcovers being ironed.

Friday, June 22, 2018

June meeting

Hilary Naghashi was invited to speak to us tonight. Her title was Persian Delights which was mystifying and exciting at the same time. She began to unpack an enormous amout of textiles and we were eager to hear more about them. So her story began when she married a Persian, or as we might say an Iranian. She gradually assimilated his culture and went on holidays to visit his family. Of course the family wanted to show Hilary more of their country and she nmade several visits to small tribes and really saw how the textiles were used and created. It was fascinating and to be recommended.
hilaryn4@googlemail.com











 Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      June 2018
Our next meeting will be our Summer meal at the Ridgmont in Horwich, as before, on 17th July. Price £25. Menu choices are available. If you wish to come, we need final numbers and payments tonight.  The weather has been kind to us in recent years for our Summer meal, so hopefully we will have another lovely evening this year.
Competitions
The theme of the Molly’s Cup competition this September will be “Re-use, Re-cycle”.  The subject is up to you but the majority of the materials in the work must be re-cycled.
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.

Exchange Visit.

A group of us visited Merseyside branch last Saturday.  Our thanks to Barbara, Eileen and Jenny who each spoke about their work and took along samples.  Merseyside members were impressed by the quality and variety of the work on display.   They will visit us next May.   

National Celebration of Stitch is on 4th August.  This year the theme is “Hearts” and we hope to be stitching and promoting the branch at Hobbycraft in Bolton.  Do come and visit or join in.

We will be having a stall at the Triangle Craft Fair on 17th November.  We will also be running a workshop there.  Again this is to promote the branch and raise funds so we will need plenty of embroidered goods to sell.  More details to follow.

Exhibitions

Ten Plus Textiles are having exhibition in the Atkinson Gallery, Lord St, Southport until 15th July.  Open Mon – Sat 10am-4pm. 

Textile 21 have an exhibition “On the Edge” at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead, 8th July to 9th September. Open Wed – Sun, 10am-5pm.


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.
If you have any spare hand made cards for birthdays, please give to Ann.
Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Janet if you have anything.
If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Linda. (An ISBN would be helpful).    Anything for the sales table please give to Karen.

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com






Monday, June 18, 2018

Spare places at Pendle

There is a workshop at Pendle this Saturday. It follows a fascinating talk by Carole. Let me know if you are interested.
MACHINE EMBROIDERED BROOCHES USING COLD-WATER DISSOLVING FILM
 These are my photos, We are making jewellery but you can see a similar technique in the boxes





Tutor Carol Coleman 01904 766538

REQUIREMENTS – Some experience of free-machine embroidery needed

Equipment
Sewing machine, suitable for free-machine embroidery with embroidery or darning foot.
*Machine needles suitable for embroidery and metallic threads (topstitch, metallic, embroidery sizes 14 or 16)

Spare bobbins

Embroidery hoops – (5 – 7inch diameter), big enough to take your piece as well as fringing on the edges.

Supplies
*Fabrics and materials – Metallic, glossy, fur, experiments from other workshops.  Look for fabrics that resist fraying.  Painted Vilene, Tyvek, felt, metal foil and any other interesting material to incorporate – only small pieces are required.
Threads – for machine embroidery: a good choice of colours to go with your colour scheme.
*Cold-water soluble film - Beginners should avoid the thinner varieties.
*Foam – Plastazote, Softsculpt or Funky Foam – only small pieces are needed.
Beads – all sorts to complement your fabric and thread, shells, gems, or any interesting morsel for further embellishment

Beading needles and thread

Brooch fasteners. (optional)

Usual sewing kit

Scrap fabric to practice on

Paper or thin card for templates and paper scissors

Pencil, ruler, notebook


* Tutor will have some supplies available to buy

IMPORTANT

Please ensure that your sewing machine will convert to free machining and is in good working condition.  Don’t forget your instruction manual!

June play day

At our last workshop there was mention of transfer paints. Pauline remembered that we had purchased a box of them years ago for members use. Several members did not know what to do so Pauline volunteered a demo. She brought along lots of samples and we spent the morning painting paper ready to transfer later. After lunch we had a demo of this transfer technique and then as you do, we tried something new and transerred onto lace . This worked to we added foining to the list. pauline also reminded us about a similar technique with transfer crayons , but I had forgotten to bring mine along.
 Pauline gives a quick demo
 My transfer painted paper
 Another demo, using my new flat iron
 Pauline worked on lace, and polyester fabrics
 and added foiling


even to the lace.

Barbara also had a little workshop where she demonstrated how she made shopping bags. a couple of members tried to make such a bag using some of the many fabrics that Barbara had brought along. I understand that the plan is to sell these along with other hand made articles in the Autumn. Apologies Barbara I was so busy painting paper that I did not take any photos.

May meeting

 I was struggling a bit at this meeting and had to leave early. However that was OK as I had spoken to Gill before the meeting and confirmed that it was the same delivery as that I had heard in Pendle. Again though it was such an interesting talk, Corset Unlaced, by Gill Roberts.She mixed stories of how the corset was developed and first worn with samples hat she had made for outside wesr. She had slides that explained the problems of wearing a corset but apologised as she usually wore one to give the talk{this evening she had forgotten it} Members told me that the talk was so good that they had difficulty in finishng on time.



Our meeting had begun with a show and tell and marion showed us a piece that had been selected for an impressive exhibition in London.
Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch ~ May 2018
§  Regional Day.  Congratulations to Barbara who won 2nd prize in the Aurofil competition and 3rd prize in the Rose Bowl competition at the NW Regional Day held in Leyland.

§  19 of us enjoyed our workshop with Clare from Colourcraft last Saturday.  She demonstrated their products for colouring paper and fabric and we all had a chance to experiment and learn how to use them to enhance our embroidery.                              

§  Our Summer meal will take place at the Ridgemont House in Horwich, which takes place on 17th July. The cost is £25. Menu choices are available this evening. If you wish to come, please make your menu selection tonight.                                        

§  The NW region journals are available.  Cost £1.
GDPR ~ General Data Protection Regulation ~ replaces Data Protection Directive. Which is the current legislation.                                                                                                                                                                                         You will shortly receive a briefing document from the EG on the actions HQ, regions and branches are required to take to comply with the new regulations.                                   
Exchange Visit.
We will be visiting Merseyside branch on Saturday 16th June in the afternoon.             
All members are invited to go along and to meet Merseyside branch members and see what they do. We don’t get many opportunities to meet with EG members of other branches or see how they run their meetings, so this should be an enjoyable occasion.  Venue details on the noticeboard if you wish to go.

Exhibitions
We don’t normally mention exhibitions in London, but if one of our members has work on show we make an exception!  Marion has some pieces in the Prism exhibition “Transient” at Hoxton Arches, London E2 8HD.

Ten Plus Textiles are having exhibition in the Atkinson Gallery, Lord St, Southport from
7th April – 15th July.  Open Mon – Sat 10am to 4pm. 

 “Slaves of Fashion”, work by the Singh Twins at the Walker Art gallery, Liverpool explores the history of Indian textiles, Empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism and the contemporary relevance of these issues today.   Until 20 May.

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please inform 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.
If you have any spare handmade cards for birthdays, please give to Ann.
Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Janet if you have anything.
  If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Linda. (An ISBN would be helpful)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anything for the sales table please give to Karen.     Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May workshop

Yesterday was a very busy day. 19 of us arrived at Bank Top for a workshop led by Clare of Colourcraft. WE were so involved that I hardly had time to take photos but a few below as a flavour. We began by using  Brusho powders that we sprinkled onto Lutrador and Evelon and the used liquid spritzers to see the differing effects. Then we used Kozo papers and similar techniques.We later used Expandit and applied dyes and heat. Then the old faithful, Angelina, with two methods. Tyvek came next when we made turned pieces to make dangles and finally we played with mmarkel sticks. ALL materials  and tools were provided by Clare but we were encouraged to experiment with any materials that we might have brought from home.Clare set up an extensive shop and I was sure that I had everything on offer . However i still managed to buy a flat iron, more paints, Evelon etc. The idea of the day was to introduce or remind us how to use all these innovative materials and it certainly did what it said on the tin. Highly recommended.
Clare holds a transfer paint banner
An Evalon bag
Members very busy
 Trying to dry my work
Angelina and foil
Angelina and printing
 Never waste anything
3 little maids
and a final demo.