Friday, September 18, 2015

September AGM at Bolton

The evening began with the formal part, our AGM.

DSCF7461 Clare was delighted to announce two newish members were prepared to join the committee. Julie was standing down as It Rep. and was presented with flowers. There were quite a number of entries for Molly's Cup,technique  being White work. I apologise for the odd photos below, but the strange cat shaped boxes are our way of voting. I didn't want to move ant piece or box and spoil the count. 



However we were all delighted when Jackie was announced as the winner.  DSCF7476

DSCF7472I gave quite a lot of information about the Capability Brown Festival and 14 members signed up. I will provide written details for the Oct meeting, where more members can come on board. Jackie has also volunteered to oversee my Chairman's Challenge. Its a travelling book, A3 size, 2 pages, one of inspiration and the other being stitched. details to follow.

After this Brenda led a practical suggested by Pauline earlier

DSCF7477. We were given a piece of fabric and ribbon and asked to stitch a small bag to be used by patients in hospital. A lovely idea and many bags will be made.DSCF7478

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch

Newsletter – September 2015

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. No title or theme. It is only open to our Branch so please have a go to get your work on front of The Journal!

The Christmas competition is “Snowman”.

Exhibitions and Events

· The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show is on 10-12 September 2015 at Events City, Manchester (next to the Trafford Centre). Buy tickets on the door £10, in advance £8.00 online Tel : 01425777988.

· Yarndale is being held at Skipton Auction Mart, Ling Fields BD231UD, on September 26 & 27 –

· Ten Plus Textiles have an exhibition at The Storey Gallery, Lancaster from 22 September – 10 October.

· Try to see Cornelia Parkers’ Magna Carter which is on at present until November 1st at The Whitworth, Oxford Rd ,Manchester M156ER.

Advance Notice


  • Alysn Midgelow – Marsden is doing a workshop, “using Metals with stitch”, on October 17th. Please get a requirements list from Brenda.

· We will be needing volunteers to act as stewards for the northwest regional next April, please put your name forward. Please see Clare.

· Also can you volunteer your husbands or friends to act as car park attendants during the morning on the day, to direct cars down the drive and organize the spaces? As before see Clare.

· A beginners/slight experience embroidery and contemporary stitch class is starting on October 8th at the Triangle Centre, Chorley Old Rd. It will be on Thursdays 10-12 noon. More information at or see Glennys Astley.


  • Please keep your Pearl Exhibition pieces to put on a display at our Regional Day next year. New work IS NEEDED TOO.
  • Chairmans Challenge – Val will explain

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:/


Sunday, September 13, 2015

At last photos from North Lonsdale

Again My apologies.My neighbour and I worked on my phone camera and decided that the only way to remove photos was to send to self. So I did that this am and am delighted to share the memories of North Lonsdale exhibition with you. The techniques are wide and varied. You might recognise a few members too.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Out and about North Lonsdale and Padiham

Last Saturday, Barbara accompanied me to Grange. Well to be precise,the North Lonsdale branch exhibition.We were warmly welcomed and immediately offered a cup of tea and home made biscuits. Glancing around I was delighted to recognise several members and they all came to chat.We were especially delighted to meet one of our former members Mary. However, we were there to see the exhibition. NL is a small branch with about 15 members but the amount and variety of work shown was amazing. I really liked the idea of being able to handle some exhibits. They also had books describing the techniques learned at day schools. I quite fancy adopting this idea. i took photos on my phone but a couple of weeks ago, upgraded to Windows 10. No problem with the system but it wont support my camera or phone. I have bought a reader which is OK for the camera but not yet sorted the phone. SO Sandra i do apologise that there are no photos to assist this record.

On Monday I went across to Padiham. They have changed venue to Higham and also the times, now opening at midday to sew and chat before the meeting which will still start at 2.00. The venue seems to offer excellent facilities. We used many of them as we began our year with a Jacobs Feast. Like Bolton there seemed to be more left at the end than we had started with!!!! The AGM was led by Nan, but it was her last duty as she was retiring and handing over to Sue. I wish Nan well in her well deserved retirement and add good wishes to Sue. Many of the committee are continuing but there is always a space for a willing helper.DSCF7443Joan, Wendy and Nan above.

DSCF7445 Nan hands over her  badge to Sue.DSCF7446DSCF7447 Diane brought along the work in progress for the Chairman Challenge Travelling Book.

DSCF7448DSCF7449Kathryn then gave a very interesting and amusing talk about Blackpool Branch and hope they had become involved with Blackpool's Treasure Trove.She brought along part of the exhibition but unfortunately could not fit the Blackpool Tower into her car. We might get to see it at the NWR AGM.

I have a very busy week so left about 3.40. It was almost impossible to get from the car park onto the road. The I joined a queue of cars that had been prevented from joining the main road by the police. There were people sitting standing and cheering. I had joined the spectators of the round Britain cycle race.After about 10 mins the Peloton{is that correct terminology} passed by.I managed to catch a few snaps from my car.DSCF7450DSCF7451

Can you spot me taking the photos? There was then another challenge, turning right onto the main road. I think I waited at least 20 mins for a big enough gap to slip into. However it was a good experience and i managed to do two things on the same day.