Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Out and about,Horwich Resources Centre

Ann asked Barbara and I to represent the Guild at a celebration for the Queens Jubilee this evening. We dressed in 50s costumes and/or red white and blue and arrived as requested at 6.30. The room was festooned with bunting, the tables with union flag tablecloths,napkins and plates. We were shown to a table that consisted of councillors and I sat next to Sue who visited us at The Rivington exhibition when she was Mayor. In the conversation, she mentioned the scissors that we had given her and said what a lovely time she had with us.002Janet welcomed everyone and introduced the current  Mayor of  Horwich. We were served sandwiches, cheese jam and SPAM[which was really tasty]individual trifles and old fashioned cakes.

007After tea , Janet read our questions for a fifties quiz. Barbara did a lot better than me  but  being a lot older. she had an advantage!!!! { This will tell if Barbara reads the Blog} Anyhow neither of us won.

015The women's land army then arrived and we reminisced as we sang along to all the oldies.Flags were waved and some guests joined in the dancing.017Again both Barbara and I had to explain to guests about the Market Hanging  which looked glorious surrounded by flags and bunting. We were proud to be there to represent you all.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May meeting



.Please collect your Contact magazine. Pam Cumberbatch’s article is in this issue.

If you are coming up for your 25 year badge please let Ann know.

Headquarters will be putting our subscription up by £2 in September.

If you would like to order Workbox magazine at a cost of £2.05p please tell Marilyn. We have to pay in advance, so I will need payment for your copy the month before it is due.

Barbara Ryall gained Third Prize in the Coats Anchor Award for Excellence at the Regional Day.


Merseyside have an exhibition entitled “Water” at Liverpool Cathedral (L1 7AZ) 2 – 17 June and a talk by Kathryn Thompson – “Dolls with Attitude” on Sat 9th June at 3pm in the Concert Room there. Details from Vicky at chairman@megonline.co.uk

The Postcards will be displayed at :- Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 21st May – 23rd June: Customs House, South Shields 27th June – 11th July: Plympton Library (no date yet): St Martin in the Fields, London 2nd August – 22nd September: Artrix, Bromsgrove 8th October – 4th November.

10 Plus Textiles have an exhibition on until 31st August at The Changing Fashion Gallery in Stoke-on Trent, Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm and Sun 2 – 5pm. There is a leaflet for further details.

Bolton Degree Show is from 15th – 21st June , (not July as on the last newsletter) at Senate House Campus (Deane Campus) as part of Bolton’s Festival of Arts. Parking at NCP car park. Email creativeshow@bolton.ac.uk, phone01204 903330 or www.bolton.ac.uk/creativeshow for further information.

Midori Matseishima is teaching Japanese embroidery at Lancashire College, Chorley from 27 -29 July and 16 – 18 November. If you are interested contact Sandra McFarlane at Sandra@motoandchief.net or Joan Webb at webb@4sydnope.fsnet.co.uk for details.

Johanna is running a workshop (Patchwork and embroidery made into items) on Tuesday mornings between 9.30 and 11.30 at the Quest Centre, Barlow Way, Halliwell, BL1 3UB. It’s a roll on/roll off workshop and the cost is £7.00 per week. Machines and all materials are provided.

Lancaster Cathedral have courses led by Sue Pilkington-Hanna. “Gold work & Silk Shading” 18th – 21st June and “Undertaking your own Restoration Project” 9th -13th July at a cost of £40 per day including lunch. Also “Poorly Vestment Clinic” Sat 7th July 10-12am and 1-4pm £10. To book or for more information contact Sue at 30, Castle Rd, Whitby, N. Yorkshire YO21 3NQ; Tel. (01947) 604 645; email: susiepdesigns@hotmail.co.uk.


Booking forms are now available for the Summer meal at Ridgemont.

The list is available for the next workshop (23rd June) This is 2 part with a study visit with Tracy Gill bringing lace from the RBKS collection for inspiration in the morning and an art & design workshop with Gail McArdle in the afternoon. Everyone attending must produce a piece of work (Max. size 25cm x 25cm) for submitting to Gawthorpe for selection for exhibiting.

Don’t forget Molly’s Cup title will be “Redo, Rework, Reform”

We need ideas for things to buy or pay for with the returned 40% of our loan to H.Q. – e.g.. An expensive speaker, a Friday evening talk followed by a workshop on the Saturday – this would need firm commitment from members and possibly payment in advance – or any other ideas you may have.


Could anyone who embroidered one of the postcards please let Marilyn have a brief outline of how you chose your subject and technique.

If you have any items for the Sales Table please see Jackie Martin.

Raffle prizes are always welcome. Please see Judith if you have anything.


Don’t forget our blog address for Bolton EG is http://begstitchers.blogspot.com/ .

Also just a reminder that the Guild web address is www.embroiderersguild.com


A lovely evening on Tuesday. We welcomed back several members who had been really poorly for months and give them our continued best wishes.

After the usual announcements , Ann invited Barbara to show us the piece that won third at the NW Regional day. She said little about it but reminded us that she would speak in much greater detail at our next meeting.


Jenny also brought along her most recent piece , based on her family history. She hoped that it might inspire us , ready for the Molly’s Cup competition.


The main reason for the meeting, was however , to hear Sandra McFarlane speak about ”Ching  Soo’s grand daughter”. This very personal story was illustrated with Sandra's amazing Japanese embroideries.



I think this was my favourite.




Monday, May 7, 2012

Our Hanging

Ann has sent me another picture of the hanging with yet more additions. It is hanging in her conservatory so the brown framed is the door and not “really there”


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Above is a close up, I know you want to touch it!!!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Out and about, Manchester

Barbara came along with me today, to the Manchester branch. Again we were met by friendly faces ,ate our lunches with them and looked at the displays. Richard  Box had run a workshop in the morning that looked really interesting.003004

In the afternoon a slide show/lecture/demonstration. He was as amusing and entertaining as in the past, but generous, sharing tips with us. he also has specific signs around his work,,,,Please touch.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Out and about, Rochdale

Barbara and I visited the Rochdale EG exhibition at Touchstones yesterday. I have to admit that much of the work was very traditional but exquisite.  However  as a traditional stitcher myself, I was in my element. Secondly, the exhibition also included work from the Smocking group and these pieces were innovative and quite lush!!!!We were asked to pick our favourite piece and I found it almost impossible.

I eventually decided on this, below,005But I also loved this….


and this smocked piece……..


The gallery has disabled spaces for parking , a pleasant cafe and shop and is easy to find. I recommend you visit this exhibition, soon.