Thursday, September 18, 2014

Molly's cup and newsletter Sept 14


I forgot to add the photo of Clare , our Chair ,presenting Pauline with Molly's Cup. This award is a rose bowl awarded annually in memory of one of our founder members, correctly called the Molly Lee Rose bowl but colloquially referred to as Molly's Cup.Molly was an exquisite needle worker and we alternate between  two years the first being a technique and the next a theme. From memory we have had white work,  gold work , round the garden, crewelwork and this year jewels. I must get a complete list!!!!

NEWSLETTER –September 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”.

The Christmas competition is – a Christmas Brooch.

You can see the winning pieces for this year’s members challenge,”Tree Rhythms”, on the EG website.

Congratulations to Pauline Bowling who won Molly’s Cup at our first meeting this year.

Exhibitions and Events

· Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair : 9-12 October at the old Granada studios Manchester.

· Glossop & District Embroiderers’ Guild 10th Anniversary exhibition, “A Decade of Stitch”.

At Bradbury House, Market Street, Glossop. Mon- Sat 9-5pm. 6th-30th October.

  • Last chance to see Grayson Perry from 23 Aug – 7 Dec at Temple Newsom House, Leeds.
  • The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace 8-12 October and Harrogate 20-23 November. A coach is being organized for Saturday 22nd November to Harrogate. The more people who go the cheaper the bus and tickets to the event. You may wish to purchase an extra ticket for a seat on the bus and not the show for friends /partners who just want a day in Harrogate while you enjoy the event. Please contact Brenda if you’re interested. My email address is

Advance Notice

· There is a play day workshop on October 11th at BankTop Church. The theme is soluble materials, or you can just come along and try out any new ideas or materials you have acquired over the past year. As usual bring a packed lunch.

· Next year’s NW Regional Day will be held by Chelford and North Cheshire EG. Details on the notice board.


· Our Pearl anniversary exhibition which began on the National Day of Stitch; 2nd August runs until 26th October at Bolton Museum.

· See Clare or Val if you can offer your time to steward and bring your sewing too!

· There is a new book in the library, “A Passion for Colour”, by Ruth Isset and the Jan Beaney/ Jean Littlejohn DVD “In Motion”.

Ann is in need of handmade Birthday/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 Jenny Whittle. Jenny also needs clear envelopes (like the ones cards come packed in) if you have any please keep them and pass them on. Would anyone like to help Jenny, if so let us know.

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:/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sept AGM

It was our first meeting of the year last night, so we held our AGM.The officers and committee were elected as per our EGM in July. Judith gave a treasurers report, and although w seemed to have spent quite a lot last year. we had invested in books and DVDs etc. Five of us held up show and tell pieces.DSCF4987DSCF4988

We welcomed Eileen back after her spell away puppy training.She explained that her church had a branch of the Women's Institute . She showed us a tablecloth that is almost complete.Phil held up another amazing cross stitch piece but I must apologise that this snap is blurred ,{ I must have been overwhelmed}

Pauline brought along a bag that she had started the first time that Jean Littlejohn came to Bolton,,,,voluptuous velvets. Jackie had another wonderful quilt  and we began by showing the back. I seemed to have been too busy to take photos of these, sorry. I took along the piece that I had done at summer school.

Brenda then demonstrated a form of Dorset Buttons.that can be seen in the current Stitch Magazine. This was deja vu for me as  at my first ever Guild meeting, Barbara D demonstrated….thirty years ago. I completed mine and you can see it below.The one on the left is many years old and the right was last night.DSCF4996Finally Clare presented Pauline with Mollys Cup.her piece had been chose in our Jewels competition. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Bulletin and current stewards list to follow.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Demo in the Art Gallery

Yesterday Clare and I were booked to demonstrate and encourage children to stitch. WE did not know what to expect but Jackie had prepared materials for us. There was Binca, assorted wools , scissors and 26 individually stitched sample letters. We had already decided to make bookmarks and Matthew at the Art Gallery reminded us just how much the children liked to see their names. Our schedule was 11 until but as we were setting up soon after 10am, the children arrived.DSCF4983

Some were very tentative, others full of enthusiasm. Some were encouraged but mothers fathers and grandmothers but one older group arrived alone. Brenda left Glennys and Liz in our exhibition to assist until they went home,her help was really useful. We never had a minute, I didn't even manage to finish the juice I had taken with me.DSCF4981

One father was quite absorbed with helping his son.


DSCF4982Sorry Clare not very flattering but you were so busy.

My hardest task was to help a young 3 year old girl and eventually decided that I would find the hole and she could tug the thread. Matthew asked if I could keep a tally , another task!!!! but I think we taught 18 children and 5 adults but there were many more watching or trying to assist.I thought that I had taken more photos but sadly only managed 5. This final one should be recognised by some…..Emily, granddaughter of Pauline. As you would expect she got stuck in straight away and needed no help.DSCF4986Sorry George, you did not sit still long enough for me to catch you!!! I began packing up at and Clare was quite shocked as she had not realised the time.She said that it was a lovely way to spend a few hours. Matthew is keen to offer us a space again if two or three of you fancied a few hours,all the preparation is done.

See you all at our AGM on Tuesday, dont forget your Jewel ,bits for the activity. envelopes with cheques and diary as I have a few Saturdays to fill.