Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Newspaper article

At last we have some publicity. The Bolton News has published 2 photos and an article about the presentation of our hanging to Hillside school.Wed 27th June ,page 23. Check it out!!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

June Day school

Yesterday, we invited Tracey from the Rachel Kay Shuttleworth Trust at Gawthorpe Hall to visit.She brought along a wide range of pieces of lace from the Collection. We were able in some cases to handle these items but in all , to study very closely . So closely in fact that Tracey had brought along a microscope that was attached to her computer. We were also able to capture these items as photographs[for our own, not public use}001

We studied , photographed, sketched and drooled over the pieces until lunch. Judith and Ann did us proud and we felt refreshed and ready for an afternoon lead by Gail McCardle. She reminded us how to take our designs rather further. She demonstrated , amongst other things,types of sketching and mono printing . We then had a play and pushed the barriers of our designs!!!Well at least I tried.020


Our next challenge is to work with our designs to make a piece no bigger than 10 inches in any direction. This will be taken to Gawthorpe Hall for an exhibition and some of these pieces will then be chosen to be included in the Collection.

Please remember to bring your work ,at the latest to the October meeting.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June meeting

We began the June meeting with Ann presenting Barbara with her certificate for third prize in the Coats Anchor award at the NW Regional meeting. She also won a wonderful box of C/A goodies.001

Then we had a short show and tell, where I passed around the Moroccan memories kaftan that I had made and Ann held up the bags that we had made at Lesley's felt class.003

Barbara then gave her Mix to Match talk which was entertaining and illuminating, She showed us one of her very first pieces, a gift for her aunt and then

006how she moved on and through City and Guilds and finally to her most recent work.She stated her love of the rose theme and how  preparatory work was never worthless as she might revisit a piece. She inspired us all explaining that due to her illness she was unable to work in quite the same way and now used only running stitch but still completed exquisite work. I don't think many members  actually believed her and so went up to check and study her work in detail.008Barbara still had move to share but was conscious of the time constraints. She finished  so that we could distribute the new registration forms. Please don't ignore them. Contact me if help is needed. See you all at the EGM and meal in July, Val



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.

Workbox magazine has increased the price by 50p due to higher postal charges and will now cost £2.55p from the next issue. As we pay in advance I will have to collect £3 the next time to cover this.

The members competition for the 2014 Regional Day will be “Black Magic” (2013 is entitled King Cotton)

The 2013 AGM will be held from 5th – 7th April at Cheltenham.


There is an exhibition of new work by 5 local artists at The Gallery, St Georges House, 2 St. Georges Road, Bolton from June 16th (Free admission, open 8.30am – 3pm, Mon - Sat)

York Embroiderers’ Guild have an exhibition at the Guildhall, York Friday 22nd, Sat.23rd and Sun 24th June 10am – 5pm. Admission £3, children free. Details tel. 01759 369758 or

Altrincham Branch are holding an exhibition from Sat 15th – 30th September Tues – Sat 11am – 4pm, Sun 2pm – 5pm, at the Knutsford Heritage Centre, 90A King Street, Knutsford, WA16 6ED. Details

North Lonsdale Branch are holding an exhibition of embroidery and textile art at The Supper Room, Cartmell Village Hall on June 30th. Adults £1, children free including tea/coffee and biscuits.

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, phone01204 903330 or 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 or Joan Webb at for details.

Lancaster Cathedral have courses led by Sue Pilkington-Hanna. “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:

The Knitting & Stitching Show will be in Harrogate from 22nd – 25th November this year.


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. – eg. 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.


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 .

Also just a reminder that the Guild web address is


Monday, June 18, 2012

Out and about with our hanging

This morning Judith Ann and I visited Hillside special school in Longridge. We had coffee with the head teacher and then had a tour of the school. It was a very friendly place ,the staff were gentle and caring and  the children were happy to greet us .We spent some time admiring the art work displayed on the walls. However the reason for our visit was to present to the school our latest hanging.002

Peter, Barbara's grandson “did the honours” and seemed really impressed both by the tactile nature and riot of colour. He even posed with Ann and the Head.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Out and about,Glossop

On Wednesday ,Barbara and I went to visit my Glossop Branch. It does seem a long way….3 hours there and back. However they are a very friendly group and I do feel that I am getting to know a number of members. We were also fortunate the the speaker was Barbara Jepson. She gave an account of her stitching life, how she progressed and what she does now.

003Barbara began by working with felt. {i was at a felt making class last night} but has developed her craft. She now produces a batik background ,  applique  and hand stitched. So I wonder… if my felt develops , might I one day produce work like this?