Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer School July 2014 and more…..

Another excellent summer school , last weekend. We were lead by Elizabeth Cousins Scott, Alex Jacob Whitwoth and Liz Almond. As usual i opted for the hand stitching class, where the technique was Blackwork. Liz put up an amazing display which changed daily.DSCF4905She had even put together kits that we could choose to use. I am not a fan of kits and prefer to use my own ideas but these kits included fabric, thread, doodle fabric and masses of ideas. Liz also stressed that we must make these designs our own by taking elements from other designs and putting them into our work. I chose a flower design, and  having modified the arrangement ,decided to work each flower petal in a different pattern and also using grey thread. I was quite inspired. Liz then taught us two stitches, Colonial stitch, a little like French Knots be we were assured that it cant go wrong and Double Knot Stitch., rather like Palestrina stitch. These I mastered in time but on Sunday morning we were asked to try them again to make sure that we could remember. We  Liz I have had another go at home, attempting the latter to put on my work but realised that it was not appropriate. Anyhow having started my flowers, Liz showed me a piece of her work where thick threads shaded through to very thin. I had said the day before that this was what I had wanted to master so I had a go. I am very pleased with the result.DSCF4917The other two classes looked very interesting. Elizabeth ran her class as two day units where you could attend either day or both. The committee would be interested to hear your views. I was amazed how many samples were produced.DSCF4894

I believe Alex took her group for a walk around the gardens to gain inspiration.I called in when she was demonstrating.DSCF4892This group will have many pieces to stitch in to , when they return home.DSCF4916So another indulgent week end over.Its an embroiderers dream, stitching, learning, swapping ideas good food and company.Why not look on the advert for next year and come and join us?


Ann sent me this photo from our summer meal. Rather belatedly, I was able to present Barbara with her Coats prize, awarded at the NW regional Day.

2014-07-16 06.08.14Congratulations again, Barbara, I know the prize was worth the wait!!!


Ann and I delivered all the work to the Art Gallery on Thursday and I called again with the visitor book etc on Friday. Thank you all for your contributions. I know it will be an excellent representation of the skills that we can show. Dorothy will open our event on Saturday, 2 Aug at 10.30{the National Stitch Day}, You are welcome to attend but let us know for catering.Bring along your stitching . We are open every day but would benefit from stewarding on Saturdays. Seats will be provided so demonstrate what you can do, encourage interest,give out needles cases and generally promote our Guild.I have lots of gaps in the stewards list so please phone me asap.

Friday, July 18, 2014

July meeting

Our July meeting was held at the Ridgmont again. It was a warm evening so we were greeted with a glass of bubbles and held our short EGM in the garden. The EGM allows the committee for the following year to be  announced . We can then print our programme and then the committee and officers can be officially ratified at our AGM in September.

We moved upstairs to a bright and sunny room and the main event began, our annual meal. This year was a little more special as we are celebrating 30 years. With this in mind we invited along former members. I had organised little mementos in the form of  Pearl Pobbles that were placed on the table. Judith had made a delicious cake.

The meal lived up to its usual excellent standard and i interrupted each table to request a photo. My battery was very low so i was in a panick to take as many shots as possible. It is dreadful to say that I was somewhat hindered by the very bright sunshine!!!!



Clare invited two former founder members to cut the cake,DSCF4881DSCF4882Liz and Elisabeth. Another lovely evening and can hardly wait for our RUBY.

NEWSLETTER – July 2014

News and Competitions

The Rose Bowl competition titles are “Something Old, Something New” for 2015 and “Under the Sea”, for 2016.

The members’ challenge for 2015 is “All that Glistens”. Also “Jewels” for Molly’s cup in September.

Exhibitions and Events

“ Pearls of Friendship”, our 30th Anniversary exhibition is starting Saturday 2nd August until 26th October. Val has passed this information on;

All pieces must be mirror plated unless going into the drawers. Should be with Val or Ann as of today unless you make specific arrangements with them. Work will be returned in Nov meeting unless you wish it earlier.

Stewards requested for Saturdays, ie  Aug 2,9 15,  23,30 Sept 6,13,20,27 Oct 4,11,18 25. Jackie would also like help on Sat 13 and we need members to come to the opening and bring some stitching to do as it is the National Stitch Day. Parking on Sat in town is free. There are 13 dates to cover.  If a couple of members or more would cover 1/2 a day each then the task will not be too onerous. Please give out needlecases and programmes to any genuine interest. Val has a list ready to be filled in or call her if you dont have your diary to hand.


Please make a note in your diary of the following event ;

The Northwest Regional Day for 2015 is being held by Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderer’s Guild on Saturday 25th April 2015. See poster for further details.


There is a play day on Saturday August 23rd, starts 10.30 and finishes about 3.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Usual venue at Banktop Church.

Ann is in need of handmade Get Well or open greeting cards for sending to members if you have any to spare. If you have any items for the Sales Table please see Jackie Martin. Jackie also needs clear envelopes (like the ones cards come packed in) if you have any please keep them and pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome. Please see Barbara Ryall if you have anything. If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Sheelagh Madden. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest, please let Brenda Brown know and details can go on the newsletter.

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

Also just a reminder that the Guild web address is

The Northwest blog address is http:/



Monday, July 7, 2014

Out and about Padiham

Its always a bit of a rush, but worth the effort, dashing from Aqua to Padiham. This afternoon was our annual summer party. Joan had found a very interesting and somewhat challenging quiz for us to do. Headlines were stuck around the room and we had to work out the answers. Patricia, below was the ultimate winner, with 24/25.DSCF4860 There was a varied and well executed number of entries for the competition, Three. DSCF4863 Several members are exchanging travelling books and so put out their work for us to see.DSCF4865We ate strawberries and cream and then cake , delicious. Finally the winner of the competition was announced. Monica , chair of the NW region presented Shelagh with the Bell Trophy.DSCF4868 - CopyWell done. We meet again in September but dont forget to work on your star for the Xmas tree and that the Xmas competition is , Winter Wonderland.