Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May meeting

My aunt and uncle from Australia have been staying with me , so i had to miss last nights meeting.Luckily Brenda took her camera and has also written a report. Sounds like I missed a very good night.

Clare Spooner who went to Leeds University to study hat making/design engrossed us with her collection of Vintage hats and trims at last night’s meeting.

During show and Tell Lesley showed us her latest creation which was a felt hat based on the Egyptian Mummies as seen on the outside of sarcophagi. It was beautifull y embellished with hand dyed silk and stitching and I managed to get her to model it! This got us off to a good start.

The hats in Clare’s collection dated from around the 1830’s up to the 70’s and involved many processes and materials in their making, including felt, straw, silk, cellophane and feathers. The hats reflected the age they came from and Clare illustrated this well with some old magazines that were in the family showing the latest trends in the 1800’s, plus some excellent books including one about the Art Deco period.

It was fascinating to hear how horse hair and wire were used to give hats their shape. One of the most alluring hats was Clare’s own creation based on the Edwardian style which was laden with silk flowers that she had made. In fact she had a rare brass tool which she still uses to mould her silk flowers.

She also showed us some trims such as peacock feathers, a horse hair plume, lovely woven ribbon and a dyed bird’s wing! In fact there was a most amazing feather concoction made entirely of game bird feathers in a 60,s sort of pill box style.

Everybody wanted to ask questions about the hats and shared reminiscences with us about their experience with hats and I think went home hoping for a wedding invitation to arrive to have an excuse to order one of Clare’s creations!IMG_0188IMG_0189IMG_0190and finally our member Lesley modelling her own creation.IMG_0191Brenda then also remembered the bulletin…..

News and Competitions

The Rose Bowl competition title is “Under the Sea”, for our Regional Day in April next year.

Northwest Region Broderers’ Cup is for October AGM. Open to our Branch only.

Exhibitions and Events

· Summer School at Alston Hall 16th-19th July. See notice board for details and booking forms.

· “Ten Plus Textiles @ The Silk Museum” are on exhibition from 14th March – 30 May, Mon- Sat, 10am – 4pm on at The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield. SK116TJ, £4.50 or concessionary £4.00- with access to the Museum. Has disabled access.

· Nantwich Museum has an exhibition by contemporary textile group Textile 21, called, “Tech Styles” which celebrates the innovative use of technology at Quarry Bank Mill. It runs from 14 March – 13 June. For more information see

· Lancashire and Yorkshire Open Craft Exhibition at The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe until Sat July 4th ;

· For more information about textile art exhibitions checkout this website –

Advance Notice

· Please keep your Pearl Exhibition pieces to put on a display at our Regional Day next year. New work would be very welcome too.

· Trip to the Wool Clip will be June 6th. See Carole for details. Please give Judith your name tonight.


The E.G.M. is in Birmingham on the 20th June.

There is a vacancy for somebody to run the Sales Table. This just involves collecting items brought in and presenting for sale at our meetings.

Ann needs more handmade birthday cards for sending to members if you have any to spare please 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:/



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