Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February newsletter

This is the last meeting at which you may order tickets for the Regional Day on Saturday 17th April at the Manchester Conference Centre. The tickets cost £28 including lunch and teas and coffees. Please tell me (Marilyn) if you wish to go. I have copies of the entry/insurance form for the Rose Bowl competition if you wish to enter. If you don’t fill the form in and return it by 15th March, you may still enter but your work will not be insured . I also have entry forms for the Coats Anchor Award “For Excellence in Embroidery”, plus details of the traders and speakers.

If you would like a copy of the North West Journal, please could you let me know as these must be ordered by 31st March. The Journal is full of information and articles and costs just £1.50p.

We are archiving the Branch minutes at Bolton Library, and would like to put a potted history of the Branch with them. If you have any memories of events such as the Hospice hanging please could you write them down so that we can compile this. Val is collating this information.

Don’t forget that Val has set up a blog for Bolton EG at Have a look and give your comments.


Blackrod Stitch and Knit are having an exhibition at St Katharine’s Parish Church on 13th March

Chelford and North Cheshire EG – Rags to Riches – Saturday 22nd May 2010, 10am -4pm at Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford SK10 9AS. £3 admission charge for adults. For more information go to or contact 01606 871450.

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston - Embellished: The Art of fabulous fabrics, runs until November 2010. Open Monday- Saturday 10am – 5pm except Tuesday 11am – 5pm.

The ARC Gallery Chester – Cheshire Textiles Contemporary textile Artists’ new work – runs until 4th March at 4, Commonhall Street, Chester. Further information at

The Creative Stitch and Hobbycrafts Show at Aintree takes place from23rd-25th April. Val will book tickets if you wish to go.

Dates for your Diary

9th April 2010 The National AGM at Nottingham University

15th – 18th July – Summer School at Alston Hall. I have details of the courses.


If you have any donations for the sales table please bring them along to any meeting. If there are any large items which do not sell you will have to take them home as unfortunately we have no storage space.

Lorraine Traer-Clark, an EG member has just launched a company offering specialist textile tours in the

UK, supporting our textile heritage, local textile artists and professionals. I have a copy of the textile holiday tours brochure if you are interested, or you can request a copy from

Barnyarns are offering free sewing machine needles if you join their newsletter group by going to the website ( and clicking on “Claim a Free gift.” You will also receive a discount coupon.


February Meeting

I woke again to see a blanket of snow , very pretty but I am getting fed up with it.   I had to cancel my class at the gym as the snow kept falling.   I wondered how many members would actually make it to our meeting that evening?  However we had a pretty good turn out.   Lesley was leading our meeting.   We had been asked to bring along our market pieces, whether finished or not .[ Creating the panel is our final act of celebration for our 25th Anniversary].    This gave Lesley a chance to place them on the backing fabric.  We were then asked to cut and hem them  and if time allowed, begin to make price labels. 001  003 002004  006 007 008







Barbara the took a few minutes to explain her thoughts behind the design of the pulpit fall, which we plan to make in memory of Nancy a former member.


Bookings were taken for the Regional Day in Manchester and some members even took applications for the competitions.  Only 2 places remain for the next Day School.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Connecting Threads our 25th Anniversary Exhibition, May 2009.

There were far more pieces than we had first anticipated, but all were displayed. Our venue was the Rivington Art Gallery. Below {second}] shows most of our Silver competition pieces. Selection of photos for this display was totally random. Many thanks to members for their permission to publish.


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