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.

November meeting


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      November 2018
Competitions
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 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.  Briefly, one will be a bird – templates available if you want, and the second will be a 4-inch square piece of work on an Egyptian theme.

Craft Fair. We had a successful day at the Triangle Fair last Saturday.  Thanks to all of you who made such a wonderful range of products to sell and display our talents and thanks to those members who attended on the day to help on the stall and lead the workshop.

NW Regional Journal.  This will not be produced in the future.  The regional website has been revamped and will contain more up to date information than the journal. 

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’s revamped 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.

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.


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.

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com       www.nwregionembroiderers.org

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Our meeting was again very interesting. I arrived quite early but Wendy had already begun to set up her work. Wendys work was Silk paper with inclusions, and also the title of her talk. I have made silk paper before, many years ago but Wendy demonstrated another very interesting method. I was keen to try and so bought a kit from her. The range of work that she brought along for us to see was very varied. The lampshades were so pretty but quite amazing when lit up with electricity.Im sure our photos will not do them justice. Wendy lives in Penrith and is available for talks and workshops.
WendyAnn Strange
A final note, I have just found out that a friend of our branch Mary Rudkin died last weekend. I will attend her funeral at the New Chapel, ironically we had an exhibition there years ago.





Friday, October 19, 2018

October meeting.

A very busy night. Barbara began our show and tell with her completed piece , a collaged landscape.



Eileen then told us that she had recently found a packet of buttons and had incorporated them into small stuffed toys. Dont tell the grandchildren as santa is coming soon!!!!

Our talk "My textile story" was the main event of the night, Corinne had travelelled down from Carnforth with an amazing collection of her work. She is constantly inspired by flowers and more recently ,butterflies which she recreates in machine  embroidery. Have a look at some of her work, below. You can almost smell their fragrance.








Corinne can be contacted at
corrineyoung562@hotmail.com
Our meeing ended with several of us buying tickets for the K and S in harrogate and thanks from Brenda for the many contributions towards our forthcoming sale at the Triangle     
Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      October 2018
This Saturday, 20th is our next Stitch Day at Bank Top Chapel.  We will be making, packing and pricing  goods for the Triangle Craft Fair on 17th November so please come along to help.
Competitions
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 regional AGM is on 3 November at Barton Village Hall. All members are welcome.   This year the competition for the Broderers’ Cup is open to all members in the region.  You have been sent all the details by email.

Craft Fair.  The organisers of this fair have asked all participants to advertise and promote the fair using social media and any other means.   We will be running a workshop there as well as our stall, to promote the branch and raise funds.

Courses
A creative course in Contemporary Stitch is being held at the Triangle Centre, Church Rd. Further details from www.enjoy-learning.org.uk

Classes in embroidery also 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

The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show takes place from 22-25 November.  Tyrers are again running a coach trip on 24th and tickets for the show are £11 if more than 10 are booked. However, this year the tickets are date specific, so you need to decide beforehand which day you want.  Pease give your name to Brenda if you want to attend, with or without the coach trip which is £17.

Exhibitions

Sorrell Kerrison has a display at Bolton’s revamped Art Gallery consisting of four 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.

There is an exhibition by “One Step On”, textile artists at the Fylde Gallery in Booth’s Supermarket, Haven Rd, Lytham FY8 5EG until this Saturday, 20th.  The theme is the “Passage of Time” and the exhibition is open supermarket hours – 8am – 9pm

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.

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    NW Region website: nwregionembroiderers.org
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.comg


Friday, September 21, 2018

September meeting.

On Tuesdays meeting, I was flying over Africa having spent time in Namibia. Lots of insprational photos , as usual.I asked Brenda for a brief report and Carole added photos, In addition, the usual newslettter. Hope it all copies,,,,,

Show and Tell - Liz with some new designs for her Blackwork collection.
Barbara hiding behind her piece on Malta which she started at a Lilianne Taylor workshop. Also Brenda who had to adapt a piece which she scorched but by adding some painting and more stitches she actually enhanced it ! 
Mollys Cup - ‘Recycle, Resuse ‘, was won by Julie Cross with a cute hanging created from embroidery hoops to store sewing bits n bobs. It was very close and a pleasing amount of entries this year. 
I also presented Margaret Hilton with flowers to celebrate a special birthday .

.Well here is the report but Im yet to sort the photos,so will add the newsletter next and then play....
Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com
Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      September 2018
Welcome to our first meeting of the 2018/19 season.  Hope everyone enjoyed our lovely summer weather.  We have a varied programme to look forward to and there are copies of our programme for you to take and give to any friends who might want to join us.  There are also posters, please take one if you know of a shop, etc who could display one.
Competitions
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 regional AGM is on 3 November at Barton Village Hall. All members are welcome. If you wish to go, please let Sheelagh know tonight or before 15th October.  This year the competition for the Broderers’ Cup is open to all members in the region.  You have been sent all the details by email but they are also on the noticeboard.

The National Celebration of Stitch was on Saturday 4th August.  Some members gathered at
 Bolton Hobbycraft store to stitch felt hearts.  Photos on the noticeboard.

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 this evening and at our 20 October Stitch Day at Bank Top.

A creative course in Contemporary Stitch is being held at the Triangle Centre, Church Rd starting 4th October.  Further details from www.enjoy-learning.org.uk

The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show takes place from 22-25 November.  Tyrers are again running a coach trip on 24th and tickets are £11 if more than 10 are booked.

Exhibitions
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.  7 - 30 September.

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

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    NW Region website: nwregionembroiderers.org
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild and
our activities.





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