Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday day school

Yesterday was quite a change for our Branch. We decided to hold a different sort of day school. Members were asked to bring their own copy of  Stitch and we worked a treasure casket designed by Janet Humphrey. Her instructions were very clear so we did not need a teacher. Ann provided some card templates and Vilene. At home we had had time to plan what we wanted to do, so many of us had decided our colour palate. We began by painting our Vilene and then the fun bit, finding suitable lace bits to embellish  001002

our caskets. Apart from me, everyone used their sewing machine to attach these pieces. {I decided to hand stitch instead.}We had a break for lunch, pizza, salad and pavlova and time for quite a chat.


I planned to use the marbled fabric that I had made at a former day school to line my casket. This meant that I moved away from my usual pink colour scheme. I also included some of the pieces of friendly plastic from another day school.



We had the usual ending to our class where we all displayed our work and discussed what would happen at the next class on Saturday, 26 June and all that was left was the tidying up.   All this for £5.00. Places available for part 2.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meeting March 15th 2011

“Beware the Ides of March”. I wonder if Ann realised the date. What a  busy night. We almost needed a bigger room, so many members and guests came to hear and see Diana.

Firstly, we needed to collect a pack to continue our group installation,kindly made up by Judith. Then some of us  put on the hats we have made for the Convict women and posed for a group photo.008

Ann read the usual messages and then tried to compact a 3 hour meeting with the COE last Saturday into a 10 minutes report.  Audrey then showed us 2 bags that she had just completed.009

Jackie then displayed the next stage in the Pulpit Fall that some of us are making in memory of Nancy.002

Finally, the highlight and main reason for the meeting. Diana  Shone  a member of Ten Plus Textiles  began to speak to us. She  began with a n explanation of her skills and inspiration,backed it up with a  PowerPoint presentation of some of her work and finally showed us many of her pieces. Exquisite  handbags and scarves were passed around for our closer inspection.  I have made no secret of my love and respect of her work. Strong visual images is such delicate fabric and thread. Incredible.   You can see some of Diana's work at the Salford exhibition that I have reported on earlier in 003this Blog.




March newsletter

Ø Regional Day at St Annes, last day to apply for tickets is 15th March.

Ø Competition entries for the above can be taken and entered for you

Ø Voting for National Chair closes on 23th March.

Ø National AGM at Dundee,2nd April. Barbara and I are attending.

Ø There are a few places left for Summer school

Ø Ann and I attended a meeting with Terry Murphy at Garstang on Saturday. We both have copious notes which will be transcribed at a later date. Thank you to all those who submitted questions. Many were answered and those that were not will be emailed to him again. The main thrust and feeling about the Guild was, of optimism. The mistakes of the past have not been forgotten but used to learn from . The Guild has a much stronger financial structure and will continue well into our future.

Ø Friends of Helmshore mill, June 18th and 19th, exhibition, demonstrations etc and tables available for either. See Val for details.

Ø Ann Morrell and Lynn Setterington are giving talks and workshops at Stockport on April 9th. Cost £35.00. Details from Pauline or me.

Please let me know of exhibitions etc that you hear about to add to this newsletter

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Out and About

I seem to have been quite busy , recently. Today, Barbara went along to a branch meeting at Altrincham. We were met by the Chair,  Sandra and Diane who apologised and said that the speaker was poorly. However  we were delighted to hear that Diane was going to “fill the void” with a talk that she is actually planning for Bolton. Diane is one of my absolutely favourite embroiderers and her work is exquisite so we had a lovely time. It is very interesting to visit other branches and see how they operate,I can recommend it.

Padiham Branch seems to be viable. In February Kathryn the NW Chair lead the meeting and canvas squares were made. Four members brought along their pieces to the March meeting.


I demonstrated the felt jewellery in March. I hope to see several finished pieces being worn at our IGM in April.009015

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Photos found!!!!

Glossop EB 1

Glossop EB 2

Glossop EB 3

Do visit ……………..

Bradbury House,Market Street,Glossop,SK13 8AR.Open until 26 March.Further details,01457 686007.[Public car park adjacent to venue]

Out and about

I was invited to the exhibition at Glossop last Saturday.It was a very interesting event.The mayor opened the exhibition and recounted that his wife was doing  a tapestry, but he knew that it was not embroidery and that he had been to see the Bayeux Tapestry and was told that this was actually an embroidery!On Sunday my computer collapsed and I cant see the photos to add to this article, so hopefully it will continue……