Tuesday, October 1, 2019

September AGM


Brenda ran a short and slick AGM, where committee were introduced. Officers were prepared to stand again  as well. Our fees had to rise by £3.00. Im sure you will read all details in the AGM minutes.
Once this was over we began to stitch an unusual house made of pieces of felt. I understand that it was inspired by the national Day of Stitch theme. 


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 We had also been asked to vote for Mollys Cup. This time the theme was" Inspired by Summer" and i am delighted to announce that Carol was our winner. Brenda presented her with our rose bowl and certificate. Here are the entries and finally Carol with her work and her presentation




Sylvia also starred this evening. She brought along a portrait of her friend , made of cross stitch. It was so realistic, incredible.









Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      September 2019
News
Welcome to our first meeting of the 2019/20 season. There are copies of our programme for you to take and give to any friends who might like to join us, also posters.  Please take one if you know of a shop, etc who would display one.
On September 28th, the combined NW Regional day and AGM is at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang. You can attend the AGM only, in the morning free of charge. The theme for the Rose Bowl competition is “Twist it, Turn it”.  Please ask for an entry form if you want one.
Our Christmas competition for our December meeting is “A Christmas Surprise” – so plenty of scope!
The national Members’ Challenge for 2019/20 is “My Favourite Things” – people, places, mementos, etc.  Details on the Guild website, you will need to login.
We will be having a stall again at the Triangle Craft Fair on 16th November.  Last year we raised some £300 for our funds so we will need plenty of goodies to sell so we can be as successful this year.
The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show takes place November 28 -1 December and this year we have a special interest as Marion Jazmik will be one of the artists featured in the galleries.  As before tickets are £11 if more than 10 are booked.  Tyrers are running a coach trip on Saturday, 30th.
Details of the Summer School 5th -7th June next year are on the notice board.
Exhibitions
Gawthorpe Hall - 11 July until 3 November‘Strands of Place and Time’.   Work by Alice Kettle and others exploring cultural heritage and migration. Part of the 2019 British Textile Biennial.Bottom of Form
Astley Hall, Chorley – Farmhouse Gallery, ‘Time and Space’ by Step on Textile Artists.  6 – 29 Sept, open 12-3.30 except Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead – Work by Nikki Parmenter. 5 October to 22 December. Open Wed – Sun,10 – 5.
Manchester HOME Open Exhibition – a major art show; it is open to any resident of Greater Manchester to submit artwork. See the leaflet on the noticeboard or visit the website; www.homemcr.org/manchesteropen.  On 27 September, there is a roadshow at Bolton Central Library from 11am till 1pm where you can find out more information.
If you have any items for the sales table, please give them to Karen or Julie.  Please don’t just leave items on the table.
If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.
Ann would welcome hand-made greetings cards to add to her stock for members’ birthdays.

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
 

                              www.nwregionembroiderers.org


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Annual Meal

Tuesday evening was bright and sunny. A number of us sat in the garden with a Kir Royal ,engaged in a short EGM and then moved into the restaurant for our Annual Meal.Below a few pictures to remind us.....Finally our journey home  was made more memorable with a spectacular view of a partial eclipse of the moon.










Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      July 2019
News
The theme of the Molly’s Cup competition for our September meeting is “Explore Summer” - using two different stitches of your choice and any technique.
On September 28th, the combined NW Regional day and AGM is at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang. The speaker is Val Hughes and the tickets cost £29. If you wish to attend, please give your names to Sheelagh.  You can attend the AGM only, in the morning free of charge. The theme for the Rose Bowl competition is “Twist it, Turn it”.  Please ask for an entry form if you want one.
 In 2020 the region will revert to separate days for each event and the Regional Day will be in Liverpool on 25th April. Merseyside EG promise us a good day!
Exhibitions
The Creative Craft show is on 5-7 September at Event City, near the Trafford Centre.  The winning entries from the Madeira embroidery competition 2019 will be on display.
Lytham St Annes EG have an exhibition of their work “Be Inspired”, 9 – 11 August.  St Paul’s church, Lake Rd N, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1AG.
Gawthorpe Hall
Bottom of Form
 11 July  until 3 November.  ‘Strands of Place and Time’
  The exhibition explores and shares new perspectives on cultural heritage and migration in response to world textiles in the collection with new textile, film and ceramic work by Alice Kettle, Jane McKeating, Elnaz Yazdani, Nigel Hurlstone and Poppy Cartwright on display alongside Omaid’s dramatic textile installation yarn bombing the stairs.
Strands of Place and Time is part of the 2019 British Textile Biennial.  Alice Kettle is the new president of the EG

Gawthorpe have also launched a range of home and gift products inspired by the textiles in their collection. Details -  www.gawthorpetextiles.co.uk

If you have any items for the sales table, please give them to Karen or Julie.  Please don’t just leave items on the table.
If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.
Ann would welcome hand-made greetings cards to add to her stock for members’ birthdays.

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
 
                              www.nwregionembroiderers.org


Thursday, June 20, 2019

June meeting.

I was saddened to miss that last meeting and my photo buddy Ann was also away. I believe we were both in Spain but in differing resorts. I hope to be sent some photos and a report but below is the bulletin.


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      June 2019
News
This Saturday is the National Day of Stitch for 2019. The theme this year is HOME and we are hoping to have a display and stitch activity making birdhouses at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery from 10.30am -3pm.  Please come along for part of the day to support our branch. There is no charge to park in the Octagon multi storey car park at weekends.
Our next meeting on July 16 will be our summer meal at Ridgmont House.  Please make your menu choices and payments tonight and hopefully the sun will shine on us again.
On September 28th, the combined NW Regional day and AGM is at the Crofters Hotel in Garstang. The speaker is Val Hughes and the tickets cost £29. If you wish to attend, please give your names to Sheelagh.  You can attend the AGM only in the morning free of charge. The theme for the Rosebowl competition is “Twist it, Turn it” and entry forms are on the table near the noticeboard.  Entry forms for the Aurifil award for “Excellence in Embroidery” are also there.
 In 2020 we will revert to separate days for each event and the Regional Day will be in Liverpool on 25th April. Merseyside EG promise us a good day!
Exhibitions

Textile 21 have a touring exhibition, “On the Edge of ….”  at Chester Cathedral 5 – 30 June. The works are all based around the theme of the sea.

Lytham St Annes EG have an exhibition of their work “Be Inspired”, 9 – 11 August.  See poster.

There are several 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. They have also launched a range of home and gift products inspired by the textiles in their collection. Details -  www.gawthorpetextiles.co.uk


If you have any items for the sales table, please give them to Karen or Julie.  Please don’t just leave items on the table.
If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.
Ann would welcome hand-made greetings cards to add to her stock for members’ birthdays.

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
 
                              www.nwregionembroiderers.org

begstitchers.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 26, 2019

May Meeting

Our last meeting was quite different from the norm. It was a reciprical visit from Merseyside branch. Three of our members had been there earlier so they made a return visit. Their Chair Vicky brought, Jean Michelle and Gill to talk to us. Vicky introduced her members and made a quick comment about our next Regional Day in April next year. £30.00 at Sefton Park,two speakers, sounds good.

Michelle spoke first. She had photographed all the pieces in a recent Endeavour exhibition and brought along her completed bird. and an amazing astronomical piece that was back lit.






















Jean displayed her Taumi and explained what she had collected to use on the Taumi .


 














Finally Gill, who had visited us before brought along a wedding dress and a green dress adorned with flowers inspired by the views of New Zealand.Each talk was fascinating and really spoken from the heart. We were very impressed.




 We then had a little celebration , a cake was presented and shared , celabrating Eileens 90th birthday.







Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      May 2019
News
This evening we are hosting members of Merseyside EG on an exchange visit to meet Bolton branch members.  Jean, Michelle and Gillian will talk about their work and show images of the work produced for their last exhibition – “Endeavour”.  Last June some of us were warmly welcomed to Merseyside when Barbara, Jenny and Eileen took samples of their embroidery and spoke about their inspirations and experience.  The return visit should prove just as enjoyable.
Our next workshop is this Saturday, 25th May, with Laura Marriott who came to our March meeting.  You should have received an email listing the requirements to bring with you for this workshop. Two weeks later, on 8th June, we have a workshop on silk papermaking with Wendy Ann Stanger who came to our meeting last November. If you wish to go, please add your name to the list and check the requirements to bring.  The cost of this workshop is £30.
The National Day of Stitch this year is on Saturday, 22 June.  The theme this year is HOME and we are hoping to have a display and stitch activity.  Hopefully we will be able to display our birds, so we do need lots of them.

Exhibitions

Textile 21 have a touring exhibition, “On the Edge of ….”  at Chester Cathedral 5 – 30 June. The works are all based around the theme of the sea.

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

There are several 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 have any items for the sales table, please give them to Karen or Julie.  Please don’t just leave items on the table.

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.
Ann would welcome hand-made greetings cards to add to her stock for members’ birthdays.



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
 
                               www.nwregionembroiderers.org


Saturday, April 27, 2019

April Meeting

First I must apologise for this delay. I am afraid that I totally forgot....age related? So Jaki Bogg came to talk to us over a week ago. An interesting title, "Stitch Rich". Judith and I were the first to arrive and we had to prise Judith away from Lily Frudd the donkey. A very unusual display but well explained during Jakis talk.Jaki explained how she found inspiratiion for her pieces.Many of them use recycled mataerials and are 3D.The Mender was almost life size though I found her to be quite malevolent to look at.What do you think, she is here below?


Inspiration from the past





 A variety of materials used
 A fishy quilt
 Lots of texture and finally, Judiths beloved donkey. Good job it would not fit in my car!!!!

Monday, April 15, 2019

A better photo and AGM news

I have taken a photo in daylight of my piece from the last workshop.
Last week I went to the National AGM in Newcastle. Good news, the fees of £38.00 pa will remain for the next year. Alice Kettle is our new President and our member John had a piece in the last competition, seen below. 


Saturday, March 23, 2019

March Day School

In over thirty years of attending Day Schools, I can say that this was one of the best, EVER!!!!
I had missed LIz when she came to speak to us a couple of years ago but had seen her work in magazines and then on line.It looked amazing.  I contacted Carole a couple of weeks ago to ask for our requirements list. her answer was that everything would be provided for a cost of £4.00. This is always a pleasing response but she gave a short list of bits that we could take if we really wanted. I took along some threads , found objects and jewellery tools but none were really necessary as ALL was provided. I think we were all a bit concerned, not sure of what we would attempt but Liz was very reassuring. She began by demonstrating a number of techniques and then we had a play. I was still not sure where we were going but we experimented. After lunch we heard that we were going to create our own picture and not just take home a group of samples. We had another demo and then began to assemble our own pieces. Again I was not sure how it would work, but Liz came round and gave encouraging comments. I did tease her and said that it was a bit like the pressure of The Sewing Bee but I was only joking. Twelve of us went on this journey today and by 3,30 twelve of us were happy to show our totally or almost finished pieces. I dont think that has ever happened before. All of these pieces were of a high standard, I am thrilled that we all achieved so much. I suggest you look up LIZ COOKSEY as soon as possible. If you are reading this from another guild then book her!!!!
Liz explains her technique



And then have a go



 A few of her amazing pieces




And ours

Mine is now on the wall, but I really dont know what has happened to the colout. I used purple and orange on a white background, Think its my evening light.