Friday, June 24, 2011

Extra information

I am sure we all enjoyed Laura's talk and I had intended to add her contact details,

I am also still working on my competition piece and have found a couple of useful web links. Go to Wikipedia and type in broderie perse and when you have read this go to the extended link.This will bring up a long article and photos from an American Quilts link. Hope its useful. Val

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June meeting

I was intrigued by the title of our meeting last night,From North Wales to Nottingham in the Textile World.  Laura Hughes soon to graduate, gave a very slick computer generated talk. I wish I had her IT skills. Her home is in North Wales but she chose to study for her degree at  Nottingham University. Accomplished in many fields , she has concentrated on weaving and more especially using recycled materials like cassette tapes. 002 was also amazed that she actually brought her working loom along with her……quite a visual aid!!! Laura poses in one of her jackets,below.




Laura had many samples which she was happy to pass around so we could study the pattern and feel the texture. We all wish Laura success as she begins her career.


· Ridgmont meal Tues 19th July, £20.00. Have you a seating request?

· Casket workshop, this Saturday, £5.00, including lunch. Spaces.

· National AGM weekend Southport 30 March 2012.Pauline Hannon to Chair the W/E

· NW Reg AGM Preston, Sat 28th April. Have you finished your “Two peas in a pod”

· I have spare copies of NW Reg Journal, £1.50, a good read and colour pictures!!!!


· Molly’s Cup , please suggest Themes for the next competition, this evening

· Xmas, stitch a cracker

· I’m sure your Persee piece is almost completed. See it in September.


We are planning a Bulgarian themed party and practical for our Xmas meeting. Postcards will be displayed at the National AGM prior to the Cultural Olympics.

Visits and exhibitions

· We are planning a trip to Harrogate in November, are you interested?

· Preston Threads exhibition, Rossendale Museum till July 31st. details on poster.

· Five of us attended a service of dedication for the pulpit fall at Nancy’s church last Sunday .The congregation was delighted with the gift. Photo on Blog.

Sadly HQ has increased our fees by £2 and we feel unable to absorb these costs so must charge £39.00 next year. It still amounts to less than £4.00 a meeting.

At the EGM we hope to elect our committee. All positions are” available” but some committee members are prepared to stand again. However, the booking secretary, IT Rep and librarian pasts are vacant. I am pleased to say that there has been interest in all of these vacancies. I will continue with the blog until someone feels able to take it on.


Ann also added that I had heard today that Workbox had folded. We are all saddened as it was a popular magazine. The article about the Pulpit Fall was ready for printing in the next edition so they kindly sent me a proof copy.

Out and about

Last week as area 2 rep , i was invited to visit Rochdale branch. I had a very warm welcome and recognise and was also recognised by a number of members. It was a very busy meeting. Rochdale had just organise a very successful cream tea exhibition. They are planning visits and workshops galore. The speaker was a lady from Empress Mill who spoke about the making and uses of thread. It was very interesting and of course made even better by bringing along a shop. Empress Mill is holding an open workshop on Friday 1st July,

On Sunday I went to Helmshore Mill to “Follow the thread” which I believe was organised by the Friends of Helmshore. Again I knew quite a number of people. There were demonstrations and sales tables from a variety of  textile crafts. The mill was open and the water wheel worked.Outside they were visited by a family of Alpaca.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nancy's Pulpit Fall

This morning, five of us attended a dedication service at Nancy’s church. We were warmly welcomed but a little concerned as we could not see the work. Andrew the minister had “hidden” it so that it could be officially unveiled.Part way though the service he removed the cover and began to discuss the symbolism of the piece. We were invited to stay for coffee and many of the congregation came to say how much they liked our work. Christine, Nancy's sister sends her best wishes and agreed that Nancy would have really approved. We were then asked to pose  for photographs against the Pulpit Fall.003An article and more pictures will appear soon in the  Workbox magazine.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Out and about

On Monday, I attended the Padiham branch meeting. As acting chair I had asked my friend Barbara Ryall if she would be prepared to do a talk. She had agreed and Monday was the day!!!!

Her talk was called Mix to Match ,an intriguing title and really made me wonder what she would say. We began to unpack her car. It took ages as she had brought so many of her completed embroideries , worksheets and books.010012013

Barbara is a very talented artist and her embroideries really reflect this ability. I know that I am biased, but I was really inspired by her talk. I can never achieve work of her standard but there is always hope. I know that Barbara enjoyed the afternoon and was quite exhausted,answering the many questions posed to her,but delighted by the enthusiasm to which she was met. I know that several members were so inspired that they wanted to race home and begin a new project.