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.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March with Bella May Leonard

An interesting title to our talk last night,Sculptured Stitch. I had a pretty good idea what i would see as I had been taight by Bella at Summer school a few years ago.It was lovely to meet up with her again.
Bella is certainly an imaginative and somewhat whackey stitcher, who love perspex. At our summer school we used acetate and a laminator but for her graduate piece, Bella made a life size arch , embellished with unusal "thread" to represent her journey and completion of her degree. It was on display in the Market Place some years ago and no photograph could really do it justice.
However Bella gave us a potted history of her craft so far. She had worked at Gawthorpe Hall and many other interesting places, including the  Slumberland  bed factory. Her view of materials and what can be done with them is amazing. I loved her work for the Orient House in Manchester, combining social and industrial history  and using the jaquard loom as her starting point.
Bella has travelled and learned many new skills, including a variety of local mexican stitches that were really colourful. My photos will not do justice but she can be contacted for presentations/workshops at
bellaleonard@hotmail .com
Thank you Bella for your amazing slant on stitching. I will never really use perspex but love your thought process.
An idea of her work in perspex


Mexico, stitching , braids and back strap weaving.

 India

and Bella CAN use a basic needle and thread!!!!

Our meeting began with Glennys showing us 4 of her pieces that were inspired by Marion Jasmiks workshop.

and finally there was a small display of the work created at the Encaustic Art workshop last weekend. Most pieces need a lot of stitching.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

March workshop.

Sue Tyldesley came back for a second workshop yesterday. Sadly due to illness we were down on numbres but fortunate for those of us there as it gave us a better opportunity to experiment and take Encaustiv Art a stage further, Sue had planned that we could make a book cover or bag with one technique, create a carvas picture with a second or make a vase cover as a third. I went along with the second option in mind but some members were keen to try them all.
Sue is a very patient instructor who began by demonsatating each of the techniques. She also brought along her demo pieces, lots of fabrics and papers and of course her waxes and all the associated equipment. Last time I had purchased an iron and the waxes so was keen to use my own.



Looking at her samples, it was difficult to choose what to do.





Demos over we needed to start. I chose the picture so we experimented firstly on card and transferred the image to fabric before a second attempt staright on to the carvas. The flower image is quite random and needs to be enhanced by stitching. I have jsut started...

A flst tyre and a very important rugby match meant that I left earlier than usual. I have Ann to thank for taking some show and tell photos at the end.





You can see just how much work we managed. Thank you again, Sue. I hope your journey home was not hampered too much by the snow.

Monday, February 26, 2018

February meeting

It was not a very nice night to travel and also half term so comsequently we were a little down on numbers. Phil broughtalong his latest Ruskin Work. It is simply amazing, precise and beautiful. The four table mats each have a differing design in the corner. Phil told us how long it takes and I just respect his dedication.




Brenda one of our newer members then led our work evening. She demonstrated how we could use french knots to make something like a flower or a brooch. She often uses the wider frames to create white pictures, incorporating lace and french knots.



It was then our turn. We were given a small square of fabric, drew on it a circle the size of 2p and filled it with stitches. A running stitch around the outside, drew it up like a suffolk puff and done!!!


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      February 2018



This Saturday (24th) we have our Saturday Stitch day at Bank Top Church, Ashworth Lane. We will be creating and working with batik fabrics.  Our next workshop is on 17th March with Sue Tyldesley, “Creating with Wax”.  Her previous workshop in 2014 was popular so please put your names down tonight if you wish to attend.

We will take orders tonight for the 2018 NW region journal to be published in April.  Price £1

Our Regional Day this year is 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 Aurofil 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.

Details of the regional Summer School, 1-3 June, are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June 2017 meeting.

Exchange Visit.  We will be visiting Merseyside branch on Saturday 16th June in the afternoon, so we need to decide who will be our three members who will speak for about 20 minutes each about their embroidery experience and show examples of their work.  Any volunteers?  Please step forward!  All members are invited to go along in support and to meet Merseyside branch members and see what they do. They hope to visit us in 2019.

Exhibitions

Ten Plus Textiles exhibition in the Atkinson Gallery, Lord St, Southport from 7th April – 15th July.  Open Mon – Sat 10am to 4pm. 
Glossop EG 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.
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 in the newsletter; smtmadden@talktalk.net


Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com









Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jan Jacobs Join

So first my explanation...I have been rather preoccupied of late. My poor cat Porthos had a stroke, having suffered from a heart problem for several months. After making thatv"awful decision" i needed to have a new companion so welcome to Rosie, a 3 to 4 year old who really needed a home. She a

arrived on Wed so I only spent a short time at our Jacobs join. Come and visit.



Our morning activity was to make felt paisleys.thank you Sandra Kendal for the idea. I completed two but they might be a bit large to use as brooches. We then had another excellent lunch after which I left as I learned that we were about to play beetle and i know that it gets quite competitive. Rosie was at home waiting for me so we had a "big play" instead.

Jan Meeting

Sorry for a bit of a delay in posting this. Will explain later. Rachel Nettles came to entertain us with a talk called intriguingly "Cabbages and Nettles".It soon became apparent. Racel brought along a wide range of vegetables that she had created , using a dissolvable fabric, lots of thread and loads of patience. These pieces were all life sized and took several looks to realise that they were not real. Rachel brought along sewing machines so that we could have a try too.She explained how she marketed her work, all over the worls , but directed towards the horticultural rather than craft market.Check her out at cabbagesandnettles.com




Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to the first meeting of 2018.

This Saturday we have our Jacob’s Feast at Bank Top Church, Ashworth Lane starting at 10 am. We will be playing with Paisley shapes so please bring a selection of threads and embellishments -beads, sequins, buttons, etc and a sewing kit.

Our Regional Day this year is 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 Aurofil Award for “Excellence in Embroidery”.  Members may enter one piece of work into either or both competitions.  The work must be entirely your own and completed in the last two years.  There are no size restrictions.  More details of the conditions and judging criteria are on the notice board.   Both competitions will be judged at the regional day.

Our branch has done well in regional competitions in the last few years so hopefully we will have some good entries this year.

The national Members’ challenge for 2017/18 is “Underfoot” and the closing date for entries is 28 February 2018.  Details are on the noticeboard and they are also on the   EG website, but you need to log into the members’ section.

100 Hearts
As part of the EG’s plan to bring stitch and textile art to a wider public, they are inviting members to take part in a commemoration of the ending of WW1 100 years ago by embroidering a heart inspired by the “sweethearts” made by wounded WW1 soldiers while recuperating from their injuries.  You should have received all the details of this project by e-mail in December.  Full details are also on the noticeboard and on the EG website – log into the members’ section.  If you wish to take part you must complete a registration form and post it so the project team receive it by 5 February 2018.  Hearts to be completed by 31 July.

Details of the regional Summer School, 1-3 June, are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June 17  meeting.


 Textile 21 group are exhibiting new work at Ordsall Hall until 4 Feb 2018, in an exhibition titled “Shaped by Time”.  This is their  response to stories of people who have lived at Ordsall and made it their home and to the changes in the building over time.



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.
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.
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 in the newsletter; smtmadden@talktalk.net

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December meeting

There were only 7 entries for our Christmas Bag competition which was a little disappointing  but those who entered certainly used imagination and presented interesting work. Vivienne was the evantual well deserved  winner.


Brenda presented the winner with a Christmas Plant.
Carol then introduced our activity. She had made up little packs to help us make a scating boot.

We were so busy that I forgot to take a photo of a finished boot. Our evening concluded with a lovely festive board, organised by our hard working committee.
Welcome to our member’s Christmas Evening and our last meeting for 2017.  

Competitions

The Members’ challenge for 2017/18 is “Underfoot” and the closing date for entries is 28 February 2018.  Details are on the noticeboard and they are also on the   EG website, but you need to log into the members’ section.
The Rose Bowl competition, to be judged at the regional day in April 2018, is on the theme of “Our Beautiful North West”.  Our branch has done well in regional competitions in past years so hopefully we will have some good entries next year.

News

100 Hearts
As part of the EG’s plan to bring stitch and textile art to a wider public, they are inviting members to take part in a commemoration of the ending of WW1 a 100 years ago by embroidering a heart inspired by the “sweethearts” made by wounded WW1 soldiers while recuperating from their injuries.  The guild hopes to
Have 20 exhibitions of 100 hearts nationally and a selection from each region exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching shows in 2018, the NEC in 2019 and hopefully other major venues.  Full details are on the noticeboard and on the EG website – log into the members’ section.  If you wish to take part you must complete a registration form by 5 February 2018.  Hearts to be completed by 31 July.

Details of the regional Summer School are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who
came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June meeting.


 Exhibitions/Events

 Textile 21 group are exhibiting their work at Ordsall Hall from 1 Oct – 4 Feb 2018, in an exhibition
 titled “Shaped by Time”.

Bankfield Museum in Halifax will be showcasing some of their textile treasures in an intriguingly titled exhibition “A Hat or a Husband?” until 27 January 2018.  Information from: www.museums.calderdale.gov.uk


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.
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 to Karen.
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

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year