Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer School July 12

Jennifer B and I have just returned from another amazing summer school at Alston Hall. We were both in the same class, Stump work , lead by Nicola Hulme.  I was not sure what to expect and was quite daunted when I saw her display. However , Nicola is an enthusiastic and patient teacher and we were inspired. There were only 8 of us in our group  and we all decided to try to learn as many techniques as reasonable. By co incidence we all created similar backgrounds on which to put our pieces. I began with a leaf…it took ages… fact the whole evening……but it was rather large. The following morning I began a flower and then a spider. I made more leaves, far less complicated but quite effective.  I loved both making and the results from my blackberry.When I arrived home this evening I decided that the balance of the picture was OK and that it did not need  to add any more pieces.011



Jennifer's work is the in the middle of the middle photo. Nicola is coming to lead a day school for us in June,ribbon work. Book your place as soon as possible!!!!

Summer school is a lovely weekend. We work hard but also play hard. There is time to sit and chat with the many friends that you make. I can hardly believe that I was in the room this morning at 7.55 am.  but I needed extra time to compensate for the time i spent in selling raffle tickets. The other tutors were Sheila Smith ,leading work on felting and Janet Browne who helped members to devise a journey in applique and stitch.Their students all raved about their tutor and the work that they were able to personally achieve.

Tutors for next years summer school have been announced.Check them out on the web site. I cant yet make up my mind what to choose but I have until Xmas to decide. Applications due in early January2013. Come and join us.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Almost thirty of us met tonight at the Ridgmont.We were greeted by Ann who offered us Kir Royal, Bucks Fizz or a fruit juice. A good start to the EHM as all committee members except Ann were prepared to stand again. Sadly Ann felt that having been Treasurer before the Chair, she should step back. Luckily Clare was prepared to stand as Chair. There was little other business so we could then move upstairs and enjoy a delicious meal.012014016018

Why the stick? Poor Ann has a very bad back / leg. We hope she gets better very soon.   I have another more respectful  photo.020




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.


Gawthorpe Hall
Weds 8th August Toys and children's samplers
Children and adults can enjoy the skills and play things of bygone days. Demonstration of doll making by Carolyn Eastwood  and textile artwork based on 'family pets' by Ann Marie O'Brien.Event held in stockbridge room opposite tea rooms from 11am until 4pm.Free entry.
Weds 5th September - Embroidery open day. A chance to see some of the true beauties of embroideries that lie within the depths of this amazing collection.
Demonstration by Gail marsh. 'Traditional meets Contemporary' show case
of embroidery/ fashion work by local designer rabia sharif.
Same location, time and free entry to event as above.
Weds 10th October. Tools of the trade Investigate the beauty that can be found in some of the most practical
tools that were used throughout the years. Rag rugging demonstration by Jennifer hacking. 'Up cycling textiles' showcase of local textile artist Saima Mahmood
Same time, venue and free entry to event as above.

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

The Postcards will be displayed at :- 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.

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


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Out and about ,Padiham

Monday was the last date in the current programme at Padiham Branch. There was a wide range of entries for our competition, based on inspiration from one of the talks during the year.005Kathryn had kindly donated a trophy, in memory of her mother. Mona was able to present this trophy and a small gift to Nan.017 - CopyNan will keep this trophy for one year. Joan explained the registration documents needed by HQ and we were entertained with a quiz whilst we awaited strawberries and cream. The sales table,Library and raffle operated as usual. Finally we were asked to “show and tell”, explaining how and why we embroidered a piece. 020Joan found time to explain how she created her work , as well as handing out our summer letter. Once home I read this and looked at next years programme. It certainly looks interesting and I look forward to another delightful year. Advance notice….bring your purses to the AGM as there will be a superb stall of fabric/threads etc.