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.

Report about April Meeting

At our April meeting Liz explained how a knight led her into stitching when she retired from teaching ! Then onto the lady who from the look she was giving Liz explained, was not too impressed with the knight and  from there she was hooked! She had a beautiful display of the different techniques she uses including black work, white work and pulled thread.
She explained how sending one of her designs to a magazine which was accepted with requests for more, she has travelled the world teaching stitch and developed online communities in countries where it is not possible to have meetings .  So from a simple beginning Liz has become an important person in many peoples lives by creating unique designs for her kits she has found a way of satisfying people’s basic and human need to create. 
We are so proud to have her as one of our members.
Show and Tell was busy- Sylvia Silver had created a stunning cross stitch portrait of a friend who had recently died and gifted it to her friends daughter who was quite emotional  on receiving it.
Barbara Ryall brought a piece she won 2nd place with at the NWR day for the Tose Bowl comp.
Brenda Franklin brought 2 pieces of beautiful stitched images and finally Jenny Whittle showed us her piece started st s Marion Jazmik workshop organised by Pauline Bowling for her 70th birthday . 

Brenda Brown

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April meeting


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      April 2018
     Our next workshop at Bank Top Chapel is on 12 May when Colourcraft will be coming to show us their products and how we can use them to enhance our embroidery.  The cost is £20.  Please give your names and payment to Clare.
Our Summer meal will take place at the Ridgmont in Horwich, as before, on 17th July.  More details next month.
The NW region journal should be available next month, price £1.

Exchange Visit.

We will be visiting Merseyside branch on Saturday 16th June in the afternoon. We have                  our three members who will speak for about 20 minutes each about their embroidery
 experience and show examples of their work.  All members are invited to go along in             support 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. They hope to visit us in 2019

Exhibitions

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know.  In the meantime:

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

   Blackburn Festival of Makers will take place 12 & 13 May.  Lots of events around the town centre.         Our speaker last month, Bella May Leonard, had an installation last year in the Cathedral and
showed us some slides of this work during her talk.

“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.

The Lowry has an innovative exhibition called Edit.02 Thread using digital techniques to turn biodata into a large quilt!


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


Thursday, March 22, 2018

A delayed march newsletter


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      March 2018

 

Regional Day

 We need final numbers tonight for our Regional Day on 21st April at the Wellington Park Hotel, Leyland.  The tickets are £26 including lunch.  If you wish to attend, please give your names to Sheelagh.  There are two competitions of interest at regional day: The Rose Bowl competition on the theme of “Our Beautiful North West”, and the Autofill Award for “Excellence in Embroidery”. More details of the conditions and judging criteria are on the notice board.   Both competitions will be judged at the regional day.

The National AGM this year is in Milton Keynes on Saturday 14th April. Details on the noticeboard.

The NW region journal will be published in April, price £1.

Exchange Visit.

We will be visiting Merseyside branch on Saturday 16th June in the afternoon.   We have our three members who will speak for about 20 minutes each about their embroidery experience and show examples of their work.  All members are invited to go along in support 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. Details of the venue and times, etc nearer the date.   They hope to visit us in 2019.

Exhibitions

There doesn’t appear to be much going on regarding exhibitions at the moment. If you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know.  In the meantime:

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

Glossop EG have an exhibition of their work until 23 March at Jobling Gowler Solicitors, 250 Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 8AD, open weekdays 9.30 – 4.30pm.



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.