Monday, October 24, 2011

October meeting

We had a very busy meeting last Tuesday. We welcomed several guests,  one who had come requesting help. Anna wanted some of us to add stitching to some photographs that she was assembling into a Photo montage of Bolton. I chose one about the Library but am now pondering about just what to do . Marilyn gave a  short report about the AGM that we had attended at the weekend.

Jackie Martin lead our meeting.She had asked us to bring in black thread, felt, fabric,press studs and hooks and eyes. Very odd, I couldn't imagine what we were about to do.

As usual,Jackie worked wonders. She adjusted the length of her talk so that we could attempt a practical. First however, she showed us samples of embellishment, many ,many samples.004


From this she developed the idea of embellishment and gave us pre mounted fabric on which we made patterns , using our hooks and eyes etc. This was then assembled in a simple way and we had made a needle case.


By the end of the evening there were several finished needle cases and promises from the rest of us to bring them along in November. It amazes me how Jackie thinks up these simple challenges and how enthusiastically they are met.





Contact magazine has arrived. Please pick up your copy if you haven’t already done so.

There is a copy of Material Matters (which used to be In Contact) for any one who hasn’t access to the internet, plus a letter from Terry Murphy. There is also a copy of Kathryn’s October bulletin.

Programmes for all the North West Area branches are available, so if you would care to visit any other branch Marilyn will bring the folder to meetings.

The details of the 2012 Summer School courses are now available and can be booked from Jan 15th2012


Preston Threads – from 2 - 4 pm at Brabin’s Shop & Gallery, 20 – 22 Talbot St. Chipping, Preston PR8 2QE. The shop is open from 9 – 5 7 days a week but closed between 1 – 2 weekends.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair from October 20 – 23rd at Spinningfields, Manchester. Opening times – Friday 10 – 7; Saturday 10 – 6; Sunday 10 – 5. There is an entrance fee of £6, concessions £5

Rhythm in Stitch is still on at Gawthorpe Hall until 30th October every afternoon except Monday & Friday

Project Linus has a coffee morning and sale on Nov 12th from 10.30am – 1.00pm at Parbold Village Hall. Entrance £2 including refreshments.

The Embroiderers’ Guild Collection exhibition at Barton Grange, Garstang – 17th -19th November. Entrance free but you will need your membership card. Stewards are still needed if you can give a half day.

Edgeworth Craft Group meet at the Barlow Institute, Edgeworth in the library with different programmes for afternoons and evenings including Textile Pictures, Felt making and Paper Work. For further details see Lesley King.

Warrington branch invite visitors to attend their Nov. 3rd meeting with Helen McCook (See Poster)

Macclesfield Heritage Centre is holding a workshop entitled “Memories are made of this…” on 10th Nov from 10am – 3.00pm. Phone 01625 612045/613210


Don’t forget the Xmas competition is a Christmas Cracker. Also we are stitching our Bulgarian Postcards at our Christmas party meeting. Come along for inspiration or to finish working or lacing your card.

Next year Molly’s Cup title will be “Redo, Rework, Reform”

. The North West Regional Day will be held on Saturday 28th April2012. Tickets £25 includes lunch and refreshments.


Sign tonight up for the Hillary Hollinsworth Day School on November 19th

Also we need to sign up for the Knitting & Stitching Show at Harrogate,Saturday 26th Nov. Members £15.00. Leave from Ann's at 8.30 am.


Don’t forget our blog address for Bolton EG is .

Also just a reminder that the Guild web address is


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