Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March newsletter




Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch  

March 2017



The Rose Bowl competition at Regional Day is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc. Debbie has e-mailed entry forms to you for this and also for the Aurifil competition if you wish to enter a piece of work.



Exhibitions and Events



Our workshop this Saturday at Bank Top United Reform Church is “Stitched Paper Collage” led by Marion Jazmik.  Our next meeting is on April 25th (4th Tuesday because of Easter) when Dionne Swift will talk about being a textile artist.  There is also an appeal from Janet - our sales table is in need of some new stock.  If you have anything suitable, please give to Janet.



The NW regional day this year is in Lancaster on April 22nd and the National AGM  is in Edinburgh on 1 April.  Details on the EG website and in Contact magazine.



     Bolton Quilters are having an exhibition on 10th June at St Helen’s Rd Methodist Church and have invited us to join them and display our work. Please think about what you could include in the display.  We will also need members to steward from 10am to 4pm.



     Calm during the Storm – a poignant exhibition of EG items from World Wars 1 and 2 that portrays the role of needlework, especially embroidery, as a calming influence in troubled times and links it to personal experience.  18 April – 30 June at the Central Art Gallery, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SG.  Open Tues, Wed, Fri and Saturday mornings.



The Capability Brown Festival continues at Tatton Park: 25 March – 30 July, work inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.   There is also a CB festival display at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 1 February – 10 May.



Blackpool EG branch 35th Anniversary exhibition at the Central Library, Queen St, Blackpool FY1 1PX from 20 – 22 April.



An exhibition of New Quilting supported by Arts Council England at the Rheged Centre, Penrith 3 March – 23 April.



Ann needs handmade cards for sending to members. Any you make and can donate, please pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith.  If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter or noticeboard.  smtmadden@talktalk.net

The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org

Our 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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March meeting by Brenda




 At our meeting during Show and Tell Eileen Pepper brought a beautiful lace tablecloth which was embroidered by her mother many moons ago which is going to be used as an alter cloth in a local church. Eileen also tole us about an appeal to knit very small dresses ,caps and blankets to be used to dress babies who doe at birth, in order to present them to their parents in normal clothing. A ggod cause which I hope we will support.



Marion Jazmik also brought some of her recent pieces of work including 2 vessels based on tree bark and some beautiful collages to inspire us for the workshop she is doing with us this Saturday –can’t wait! Sorry couldn’t get near enough to take photos and then I forgot.







Also we brought some of our rust printing from our playday in February, for others to see. Hopefully we will do something creative with them. Pam Wright actually made a nice embellishment for her black felt hat.
Nikki Parmenter came to give us a talk about her “Experimental Textiles”. We were all quite amazed by the sheer dazzling quality she gave each piece by adding lots of “bling”, her favourite saying is “more is more”. Her work is mainly on a grand scale, ranging from large quilted hangings to 3D pieces. Her ideas are often taken from legends from different cultures mixed up with references to fine art images of faces and figures. She paints the figures/faces/animals onto fabric then sets about embellishing them with a myriad of beads and glitzy trimmings. Essential to her work are her sewing machine, car spray paint, funky foam, glue gun, lace and any trimmings she can find.


Can you spot the frog?


This stag will have antlers before completion


Two pages of her notebook.


 


























         




Some drawings from her sketchbook.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Feb Meeting.


Our speaker was Mary Taylor, a textile artist who lives in the Lake District and works from a studio in Farfield Mill in Sedburgh.   She specialises in embroidered landscapes of the beautiful scenery around her home and studio.  Scotland, especially the west coast around Ardnamurchan  is also a source of inspiration for her.



She gave a fascinating slide presentation showing how she constructs her landscapes in stitch.  Working from a photo, she sketches her design onto Vilene. Next she layers  strips of velvet in many subtle colours onto the Vilene to suggest land, sea, sky, etc followed by a layer of organza strips, again in many shades, all pinned to the base.  Dense machine embroidery is then applied to create  the fields, trees, rocks and other features of the land or seascape.  Heat is also applied to reveal some of the velvet layer.  She brought with her examples of the finished landscapes, alive with colour and texture.

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch

February 2017



Competitions



The Members Challenge theme for 2016/17 is “Imprisoned Splendour”.  Details on the EG website together with some ideas to inspire you.  Entries must be received by 27th February 2017.



Exhibitions and Events



     The  NW regional day this year is in Lancaster on Saturday,   April 22nd  at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus,  Bowerham Rd, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Tickets are £25 each to include lunch.  If you are interested in going, please give your names to Sheelagh.     The  Rose Bowl competition at  Regional Day  is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc.



The National AGM 2017 is in Edinburgh on 1 April.  Details and the programme are on the EG website.



EG members from Manchester and Cheshire will be displaying work at Tatton Park 25 March – 30 July, inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton, as part of the Capability Brown Festival.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.   There is also a CB festival display at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 1 February – 10 May.



An exhibition of New Quilting supported by Arts Council England will be held at the Rheged Centre, Penrith 3 March – 23 April.



Ruby Porter has organized a sale and exhibition of textiles from Sreepur village in Bangladesh at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral 17 – 26 February, 11am – 4pm.  Ruby will talk about her work with the Sreepur community each day.



Preston branch exhibition from 24 – 26 February, 10am – 4pm at  Barton Grange Garden Centre.  See noticeboard for details.



The EG nationally has set up an appeal inviting members, branches, regions and the wider stitch community to contribute to the fee for the services looking after the Collection being provided by Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.  For the first two years, the appeal is for £45,000.  We have details of how to contribute if you so wish.



Ann needs  handmade birthday cards for sending to members. Any you make and can donate, please pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith.  If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter or noticeboard.  smtmadden@talktalk.net

The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org

Our 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


Friday, February 10, 2017

Jacobs Join

Last Saturday, we held our annual lunch and activities. A great chance to socialise t


Jenny Shotcliff our librarian started us off on the activity which was making a straw dolly heart. (Jenny had to get special straw which had been grown organically as this is more flexible and doesn't snap.) These she explained were used to to give to young men at the end of harvest time to show you fancied them- a bit like a valentine so quite topical! Also they  represented fertility which caused a bit of a laugh!





Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 2017

Happy New Year to you all. Please accept my apologies for delay in January meeting details but we are still having some technical problems.




January 2017 meeting

It was a practical evening therefore we decided to try to do something to encourage new members.

We actually got the idea from Wyn Ingham who came to give us a talk on Casel Guidi before Christmas. We used fabrics, stitching and trimmings to cover luggage labels on one side and on the other side an invitation to join us at our meetings, which we are going to distribute around coffee shops and library's etc around Bolton.

As you can see we were very busy trying to achieve a target of 100.

Also Jackie brought a delightful vessel made from sheers for Show and Tell





Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch
January 2017

Competitions

     The Rose Bowl competition title for our Regional Day next April in Lancaster is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc.

The Members Challenge theme for 2016/17 is “Imprisoned Splendour”.  Details on the EG website together with some ideas to inspire you.  Entries must be received between 5th December and 27th February 2017.

Exhibitions and Events

Jacob’s Feast is on Saturday, 28th January at Bank Top United Reform Church.  We will be making corn dollies so please bring a sewing kit, some ribbons and an old towel.

The NW regional day this year is in Lancaster on Saturday, April 22nd at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, Bowerham Rd, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Tickets are £25 each to include lunch.  If you are interested in going, please give your names to Sheelagh.  They need numbers by 24th February.

Wirral Branch 20th Anniversary exhibition of their members' work at the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead from 25 January to 5 March. Wed -Sun, 10am -5pm.

Preston branch exhibition “Through the Window and beyond the Gate” at the Green Room, Barton Grange Garden Centre, Brock PR3 0BT from 24- 26 Feb. from 10am to 4pm each day.

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show is at Event City, next to the Trafford Centre 2-4th February.  Manchester EG will have an exhibition:’ Zippity Doo Dah’

The EG nationally has set up an appeal inviting members, branches, regions and the wider stitch community to contribute to the fee for the services looking after the Collection being provided by Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.  For the first two years the appeal is for £45,000.

Please note Brenda Brown’s new email: brendabstitch@yahoo.com
Ann needs  handmade birthday cards for sending to members. If you have any, please pass them on.
Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith if you have anything.
If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)
If you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter or noticeboard.  smtmadden@talktalk.net
The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org
Our 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


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dec Newsletter


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch

December 2016



Competitions



     The Rose Bowl competition title for our Regional Day next April in Lancaster is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc.



The Members Challenge theme for 2016/17 is “Imprisoned Splendour”.  Details on the EG website together with some ideas to inspire you.  Entries must be received between 5th December and 27th February 2017.



     The Madiera / Stitch magazine Competition is “Glimpses of the Roaring Twenties”.  For hand or machine embroidery, entries to be submitted between the 6- 17 February 2017.  Details are in Stitch magazine or see the notice board.



Exhibitions and Events



Our next meeting is on 17 January 2017 and will be a practical evening so please bring a basic sewing kit.

Jacob’s Feast is on Saturday, 28th January at Bank Top United Reform Church.



The Magic of Colour     30 November 2016- 18 January 2017

A rare chance to see some of the best textile art in Europe, if not the world, at Sedbergh's Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre near Kendal, Cumbria. The "Magic of Colour" features 38 selected works by artists from Italy, South Korea, France, the Czech Republic and many others and Farfield Mill is its only UK appearance. See noticeboard.



To celebrate 20 years of their branch, Wirral Branch are holding an exhibition of their members' work at  the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead from 25 January to 5 March. Wed -Sun, 10am -5pm.





We have posters available to publicise our branch and its meetings.  Please take one if you know of a suitable place to display it.

Ann needs more handmade birthday cards for sending to members. If you have any, please pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith if you have anything.

If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter; smtmadden@talktalk.net

The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org

Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com



Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com





Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Out and about.Harrogate

It was an early start yesterday, a group of us travelled to Harrogate to visit the Knitting and Stitching Show. It was very cold and crisp but the frost could only enhance the magnificent landscape and stunning seed heads. I wanted to stop the coach and take photos....
Once at the Show it was tempting to look around first but my main reason to visit was to see White Walker before it became too busy. WOW he is amazing. Huge, powerful and very scary. I took lots of photos but must apologise as they do not do him justice.





The inspiration is from a TV programme, Game of Thrones, and seeing him reminds me of why I do not like fantasy!!!! I could have nightmares for ages.
The Show was even bigger and better this year, and the Embroiderers Guild had a massive space at the far end. I had a chat to Anthea first then so many trustees and members from HQ. There was an excellent exhibition, including pieces from the Capability Brown project. The worlds longest embroidery was spread out over about 5 tables ready for members of the public to add their names etc. Phil told me that he did add a flower. There are several sections of this work{ we had one up at Lancaster} and I have stitched several times but yet to see my name again!!! I was proud to be in this area and acknowledge that HQ and trustees have worked really hard to put together such an impressive show
I then spent quite a long time chatting to our 2 presidents Jean and Jan. They had a special exhibition, representing 25 years . Seeing their current work was a privilege but looking at pieces that were in the books I owned made it even more special.
I did not go with a shopping list but did manage to buy a belated birthday gift book for me and 2 presies that my sister will buy me for Xmas. Also a few more beads to add to my statch!!!
The journey home was again, beautiful. There was a golden stripe of sunset on the horizon for about an hour. Janet and I discussed how it would make a wonderful embroidery but no one would believe the colour.