Saturday, March 21, 2020

The virus

It will come as no surprise that Merseyside branch has taken the sad decision to cancel the NWRDay. I saw this mentioned on the NWR Pages so have written to Vicky , current Chair at Merseyside to send my "sympathies" and support. We in Bolton must feel their sadness as its not long ago since we hosted a similar day. Vicky attended our meeting fairly recently, with members of her branch, The good news is that it is not actually cancelled, just postponed. The LACE centre will honour the booking and it will go ahead on 24 April 2021. There are implications for Glossop branch who offered to host 2021 but will hopefully be able to move to 2022. I am awaiting similar news from HQ regarding the National AGM. If you peruse the HQ site you will find the Minutes etc and a proposal to raise fees. This would have been voted for on the day so wonder if we might receive proxy votes? I have two European holidays that are very unlikely and I also think summer school might fold. Very worrying times for us all but we can keep in touch. Brenda has extended the Facebook connection so you are never "alone" The only positive is the time that we have gained to STITCH. get out all those UFOs and photograph the end results. Val

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lots of new information

I have struggled and found it impossible to publish the poster designed by Brenda but have copied the very informative e mail distributed by Julie


Dear all



I apologise for the length of this email, however we have lots of exiting events over the next few months and want everyone to have all this information.



MARCH MEETING 17th March 2020



Our March meeting will be held next week (Tuesday, 17th March), when we host speaker, Jessica Aldred (My Work and a Very Famous Wedding Dress).



Please note: If you have taken a piece of Brenda's collaborative flower picture and not yet returned, can you please bring to the meeting (finished or unfinished) as Brenda would now like to assemble this work. 



BEG EXHIBITION APRIL  2020



Please see poster attached



As was announced at our last meeting, we have at long last (and after much searching!) a venue for our Exhibition,  which is Horwich Heritage Centre, next door to the Resource Centre where we have our meetings.



The exhibition will run from Saturday 4th - Wednesday 8th April 2020 (except Sunday).

Unfortunately this doesn't give us as much time as we would like to gather items from our members and there is only one meeting before the event, which is 17th March (next week). 

Therefore, we request that any items you would like to be part of the exhibition be brought to this meeting, clearly labelled with your name and in a carrier bag. Please bring only items from the past 3 or 4 years and not anything which was in the pearl anniversary exhibition.

There will be screens for hanging items but we'll also have some tables for smaller free standing  pieces or framed items on the cardboard stands, so it will be possible to show a variety of things.

Some suggestions from Brenda, of work we would like to collect at our next meeting (17th March) for the exhibition.

  • Birds
  • Nikki Parmenter workshop creatures
  • Stitched paper collage (Marian Jazmik workshop).
  • Wire collages ( Liz Cooksey)
  • Landscapes ( Emily Norman)
  • Silk paper lampshades
  • Any Individual projects
  • Competition entries
  • Anything that has been produced since the Pearl anniversary.

Hoping we get a good response - we would like to include at least one piece from everybody!



SATURDAY WORKSHOPS



MARCH SATURDAY WORKSHOP RACHAEL SINGLETON "UP ON THE HILL, DOWN BY THE SEA  

The list for the March workshop on Saturday, 21st March, 2020  at Bank Top, will be available, at the meeting. Cost is £30. Please bring any money owing for this workshop to the next meeting on 17th March. 

There are a few places still available for this workshop, so if you wish to attend please bring £30 to the above meeting and add your name to the list.



Please see attached requirement list 



We will be making tea light/vase covers (depending how fast you work will determine which) but could simply be 3D pieces of stitched art (see below).  





Advance notice forJanet Browne Workshop  23rd May 2020:



 Janet Browne Workshop

 23rd May 2020

 at Bank Top

 9.30am - 4pm

 Cost £35

The list for this workshop will be available at the next meeting on 17th March. Full payment preferable, although a £10 deposit acceptable, the balance to be paid by 19th May (last meeting before the event).

Please see Janet's website www.janetbrownetextiles.com   for examples of her work, although bear in mind her work tends to be quite large and we will be making smaller simpler pieces. 

Please see attachment showing designs from her previous workshops. 



Requirements  to follow, although you will need a sewing machine capable of free machine embroidery. 



I will send the March 2020 newsletter prior to the meeting.





Kind regards

Julie


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Feb Meeting

Apologies again for this delay. After the meeting I dashed home to complete my packing and was then off to Cyprus at 5.00am. However the meeting was well worthwhile. Sue Sercombe and her husband came over from the Wirral  on quite a miserable night, to talk to us. Sue brought along a vast aray of pieces of work and many of them were passed around for closer inspection. She shared her love of embroidery and textiles but admitted that she had not concentrated on one technique, rather trying all that was on offer.,This is something to which I concur. Some of her pieces were clothing and members modelled them with grace. No one attempted to wear the wedding dress that Sue made for her daughter but we heard stories about its construction and reconstruction and then why and how it was washed!!! Sue spoke without notes and we were quite disappointed when Brenda had to draw thw time to her attention. I believe we could have been there all night.

















Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      February 2020
This Saturday, 22 February is our next Saturday Stitchday.  A chance to work on your current projects or try something new with support and encouragement from other members.  Carole will lead a demo on papermaking so please bring an apron and plastic table covering.
  On 21 March we welcome Rachel Singleton (who came to our October meeting) for an exciting   workshop.  See the poster or Julie’s email for photos of her work and what we could be making. The cost of this workshop is £30.  £10 deposit when booking and full payment by 17th March.
  All Saturday events take place at Bank Top Chapel, Ashworth Lane, Bolton.
   Competitions
The national Members’ Challenge for 2019/20 is “My Favourite Things” – people, places, mementos, etc.  Details on the Guild website, you will need to log in. 
This year’s regional day is in Liverpool on 25 April and the Rosebowl competition theme is “All you need is Love”.  Tickets are £30 including lunch, please see Sheelagh if you wish to attend.  See the poster for details of speakers, traders, etc.  Competition entry forms are available. If anyone thinks they are now entitled to a 25 year badge, please see Brenda or Sheelagh.                                                
 Unfortunately, the National AGM is on the same date, in Birmingham.
Exhibitions
Manchester HOME gallery: Work from the first Greater Manchester open arts exhibition including some pieces by Marion.  Until 29th March.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. ‘An English Lady’s Wardrobe’ 70 outfits and accessories showing changing fashions from Edwardian times to WW11. 23 Nov – 1March.
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. ‘Tapestries’ – an exhibition of textiles from the Whitworth’s collection of tapestries including historical and contemporary examples. Until 1 March.
Preston EG are having an open day on 4th April including a talk by Valerie Wartelle.  See poster.
The Palm House at Sefton Park, Liverpool is hosting an exhibition by the L/P based Contemporary Threads group, using the Palm house itself as their inspiration.    9-18 March, open 10-5pm.

If you have any items for the sales table, please give them to Karen.  Please don’t just leave items.
If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.

Birthday Cards: Ann still needs of cards for members birthdays.  Please, if you have any handmade cards or you       can make some can you give them to her.

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 web

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jacobs Join January

 I had been madly busy all week and out for lunch or dinner every day so that thought of another lunch out did not seem to attractive. However I try to attend as many of Bolton's events that I can so on Friday night I boiled a dozen eggs ready to prepare an egg mayo as my contribution to our lunch. Roadworks on Blackburn road made my ten minute journey into a half hour nightmare so all the tables were set up when I arrived. I also noticed the stitching that we began last year at this event. Very colourful.


Brenda and her team had done a great job. We had a relaxing coffee and then played a "controversial" game of true or false. In turn we read a card to the person next to us, choosing one of two accounts. The other person had to guess whether it was true or false. General knowledge[HA HA}and lots of guessing, Judith won the game.

We were all feeling hungry so arranged a wide range of contributions on the table. It was an excellent feast and we still had to go home with goodie bags.
 Another coffee and then Brenda introduced our afternoon stitching. She had made kits for about 30 persons, felt circles or lozenges that we needed to cover in stitches. They would then be threaded onto cord to make a very colourful hanging. I manged one and a half during the afternoon and came home with another which I completed that night. I know that Pauline has also completed three so that's 1/2 dozen ready to assemble.


Brenda also showed us the bowl of flowers that we had all been stitching. She had roughly joined our pieces but must be quite annoyed that there are still gaps. Some members have taken a piece but yet to return it even though its been about a year. A personal plea from me to search , finish or own up if you have a square. Id love to see our finished piece as soon as possible.



There were only 10 of us at the lunch which is in itself a little disappointing but on the other hand it really was great fun. We were all chattering together throughout the event and able to speak to every person in turn, However I do implore you to put these dates into your diary and whenever possible support our Branch. As a former committee member I know how difficult it is to arrange all the events and variety of activities and know it is frustrating when they are under supported. Use it or lose it!!!!




Thursday, January 23, 2020

January 2020

Happy New year to all my readers, even though it is rather late!!! We were entertained in Bolton by Suzy Huxley this week. I was really impressed with the work that she brought with her.Lots of animals captured with  machine embroidery that were extremely lifelike. She also had three sewing machines{that were quite ominous} as I am not comfortable with a sewing machine. Suzy brought along her daughter who acted as her technical support.Why I wondered, until later in the evening where Suzy set up a small camera close to her sewing machine which then projected her actions immediately onto the screen. Just like looking at You tube!!! Her talk was quite reassuring to a novice embroiderer. She was happy to make her own rules and also remind us that it takes practice, we cant lean a skill in minutes, hours of practice over and over again.



















The photos above give a flavour of her work,followed by Suzy in action at the machine and how it projects onto the screen. Contact her at craftykids@btinternet.com

Barbara brought in two pieces of work, inspired my a Mindfulness talk late last year.


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      January 2020
Happy New Year, welcome to our first meeting of 2020 and we start with some good news. Last year Manchester HOME invited artists living in Greater Manchester to submit work for their first open entry art exhibition.  They received over 2000 entries and shortlisted 20 to win 1 of 5 Manchester Open Awards – and Marion is one of the artists shortlisted!   500 of the entries are included in an exhibition at HOME (near Manchester Oxford Rd station), open till the 29th March.   Congratulations Marion!
  Events
 This Saturday, 25th, we have our annual Jacobs’s Join. There is a list for each member attending to        note which food items they will bring for our buffet lunch.
 22 February is our next Saturday Stitchday.  A chance to work on your current projects or try something     new with support and encouragement from other members.
  On 21 March we welcome Rachel Singleton (who came to our October meeting) for an exciting   workshop.  See the poster or Julie’s email for photos of her work and what we could be making. The cost of this workshop is £30.  £10 deposit when booking and full payment by 17th March.
  All three Saturday events take place at Bank Top Chapel, Ashworth Lane, Bolton.
   Competitions
The national Members’ Challenge for 2019/20 is “My Favourite Things” – people, places, mementos, etc.  Details on the Guild website, you will need to log in. 
Next year’s regional day is in Liverpool on 25 April and the Rosebowl competition theme is “All you need is Love”.  Tickets are £30 including lunch, please see Sheelagh if you wish to attend.  See the poster for details of speakers, traders, etc.
Exhibitions
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. ‘An English Lady’s Wardrobe’ 70 outfits and accessories showing changing fashions from Edwardian times to WW11. 23 Nov – 1March.
The Creative Crafts show is at Event City, near the Trafford Centre from 30 Jan-1 Feb.
Whitworth Gallery.  ‘Tapestries’ – an exhibition of textiles from the Whitworth’s collection of tapestries including historical and contemporary examples. Until 1 March.

If you have any items for the sales table, please give them to Karen or Julie.  Please don’t just leave items.
If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.

Birthday Cards: Ann still needs of cards for members birthdays.  Please, if you have any handmade cards or you       can make some can you give them to her.

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, December 23, 2019

December meeting

I forgot my camera for this meeting. I had been to Aqua then hosted lunch for 19 aqua friends in a local pub, which was excellent. home for a short time then out to Horwich. I remembered my cards and sewing stuff, but no camera.
We had a very festive evening. Marian was able to share some good news that she had been offered a book contract. I  passed around a very positive and friendly letter that I had just received from Dorothy.
 Carol had materials ready for us to stitch a star and then we had excellent food, prepared by the committee. Pauline sent me her finished piece which was not a star , it was a snowflake. I cant have been listening again!!!! Below are our attempts.



There were only 5 pieces for the competition and I will need to borrow the photos from Brenda  to publish later.

Brenda displayed the group piece based on a vase of flowers. There were still large gaps where kits were taken but not yet returned. She said that if any kits had been "lost" then she could make a duplicate. I took another one home as it was almost black with just a small petal. I have started the black in Bukhara couching which should grow quite quickly.
Our next meeting is advertised on the programme as the Jacobs Feast but I think the date might be 18 and not 19th. This is followed by our Tues meeting on 21st. So organise your food contribution, find your flower piece but most of all,

HAVE A VERY GOOD CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

K and S at Harrogate

I try to go to the K and S show at Harrogate each year but this year was extra special. Marian one of our members was invited to both Ally Pally and then Harrogate, to show some of her remarkable pieces. I was delighted that quite a few members of Bolton also thought it important to support Marian. I had seen pictures from Ally Pally and I know that i am prejudiced but I truly thought it was one of the best exhibitions...ever.  I spoke to members from HQ and encouraged them to come and meet Marian. This had lead on to a possible Contact magazine article and another in Embroidery. I even told Anthea that Marian could become more famous than she. Below a few photos but  do not do  her work true justice.







  

As a footnote, I was pleased to see that another member of Bolton, John had entered a competition again 


and Diane from Pendle who has spoken at Bolton was also exhibiting as part of her Lace group.

I AM SO PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE NORTH WEST REGION OF EMBROIDERERS GUILD.