Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jacobs’ Feast. Saturday 30/01/10

Members were actually queuing  outside the door, before it opened yesterday.  I’m not sure if it was in anticipation of the food, the activity or both.  Our activity was marbling on fabric using shaving foam as a support medium.

Eileen displays the sort of piece that we could attempt.005 Then how to mix colours on the shaving foam.007

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Maureen looks absorbed by the task

Margaret and Florence concentrate on their work011

Phil, Pauline and Julie  have no time to talk.012

Ann and I dry our samples.

We then had a break for lunch.  As usual there  was an amazing range of foods and it was good to be able to take a break and chat to people.  Almost half of our members were able to attend that day so the volume of chatter was quite high!!!  After lunch we worked on some of our samples. Most of us chose to make something simple like a book mark or a bracelet and are saving our better pieces for reflection and inspiration, later. So thread, beads and sparkles  were applied to our book marks as seen with  Judith,.016 

And then as always  at the end of a practical we gathered together to have a brief show and tell.019

So another Jacobs feast came to an end. We left clutching our samples and thinking of how we were going to use them. I wish we could incorporate them into the Building and Architecture Competition  at Manchester.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January meeting

It was good to see everyone  at the start of our New Year.  Hugh  Barton had been invited to come and talk to us about the Embroideries of Lancaster Priory Church. He gave a really informative talk about these works, all designed and worked by his parents of whom he is immensely proud.  His talk was illustrated with a large number of slides  and of course he brought along samples of work. I was particularly interested in the original hand coloured sketches.


Lesley then assembled pieces brought along for out Market Hanging.  Next month we hope to see many more pieces, either completed or wanting advice.  The meeting will focus on this. However Barbara will also bring her ideas for the memorial panel in memory of Nancy.


Members were reminded about the Jacobs Feast on Sat.30th Jan and the materials needed to attempt foam marbling. {Phone me if you have forgotten}  Other dates  for our diaries are  9th April, National AGM at Nottingham,  17th April Regional Day in Manchester and Summer School, Alston Hall, 15th to 18th  July.Members are being encouraged to participate in the Buildings and Architecture competition at our Regional Day.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Earlier group pieces of work

This is a huge wall panel to be seen at the entrance to the Royal Bolton Hospital. It was created to commemorate the closing of the Bolton Royal Hospital. Individual slips were completed by members and then stitched together .
Details of the crewel work piece.Quite a challenge to keep track of it as it was passed amongst our members.

Our crewel work fire screen was designed for and now found in Smithills Hall Museum

The banner is made of small off white squares, mounted on a blue background showing a wide range of embroidery techniques.

Details of the tablecloth. Members were asked to use the flower theme on any shade of green fabric.

A small exhibition at New Chapel {the oldest in Bolton} showing our tablecloth and welcome banner. You can also see that we had earlier had a BUG competition.

This is work in progress .....for our Rainbow Squares. We finally completed 5 strips that were exhibited at Manchester Central {GMex} , Quarry Bank Museum and our NW Regional AGM.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Programme Jan –July 2010

January 19th Hugh Barton ‘Embroideries at Lancaster Priory Church’

February 16th Work/Planning Evening for Bolton Market Hanging led by Lesley King

March 16th Elizabeth Smith ‘Fabric of Life

April 20th Anne Burrow ‘Family Connections’

May 18th Ann Christy ‘From a Distance’

June 15th Eileen Pepper ‘Tudor Times’

July 20th E. G. M., Show & Tell

We will also hold a Jacobs Feast on Saturday 30th January, starting at 10.30 at Bank Top UR Church. The practical will be led by Eileen Holmes.

On Sat March13th Ann Burrows will lead a workshop “Haberdashery with Hand or Machine Embroidery”

The June 12th workshop has yet to be confirmed.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Welcome to the first edition of BEG Stitchers

Bolton Embroiderers Guild has just had an amazing year,celebrating our Silver Anniversary. At our meeting in December, Kathryn Thompson the NW Regional Chair presented badges to 10 of us who joined in the first year.


Our celebrations began with a very successful exhibition at Rivington Art Gallery .Even though the gallery is in the centre of a country park and not on a bus route we estimate that we had over 500 visitors, during our 9 nine days of opening. perhaps you were one of our visitors? If so thank you for calling and you might like to know that the "Silver" competition, judged by the visitors was won by Jennie Whittle.
Our annual meal held at the Ridgmont House at beginning of July was extended to include former members and members of the NW regional committee. In the end there were about 40 of us able to attend.Barbara Demaine our first Chair helped me to cut a commemorative cake . Photo albums were passed around and finally everyone was given a pair of silver scissors bearing a 25th Anniversary ribbon. A lovely evening for everyone. We are planning a group piece based on the Open Market in Bolton.This necessitated visits to sketch and photograph the products. We plan a wall hanging depicting fruit and flowers,fish and vegetables etc. I am quite pleased with the rainbow trout that I have sewn.

by B.E.G.Stitchers