Thursday, October 22, 2015

October meeting

I hadnt heard of Julie Bull before our meeting last Tuesday but Im sure the word will soon get around. She is actually moving into our area{Padiham} very soon. Her title was “Telling stories in Fabric and Stitch” and that is what she did. I do not want to spoil a possible talk for other branches but to say that she was very candid about her life and how it had affected her attitude to life and work.DSCF7645DSCF7646 Julie spoke and illustrated her ideas with many slides but also came with a few original pieces. She was in the very happy state of selling almost all of her work!!! She had some greetings cards etc for us to buy.

DSCF7652 Julie was from South Wales and spoke with a very melodic tone. Bet she can sing too.

DSCF7647DSCF7650 Julie has finally decided to work using a Kantha stitch, making a multi coloured background and then applying specific shapes. The work is full of charm.Her web is                                                                                          

A lovely evening.

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch

Newsletter –October 2015

News and Competitions

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

The Christmas competition is “Snowman”.

The Capability Brown Festival is a celebration of landscape and gardens in stitch. Entries required later next year.

Exhibitions and Events

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

· Nicola Orpen is holding 2days of textile workshops in Hebden Bridge on November14th (indigo with shibori) and15th (natural dying of cloth and yarn with plant dye). Cost £45 per day including materials. Full details on her facebook Page. Her website is

· Crafts in the Pen. Skipton Cattle Mart, BD23 1UD. Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November; -4pm; £5.00 free for under 16’S.

· Harrogate -The Knitting and Stitching Show. Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th November; tickets £12.50 concessionary and children from 5-18yrs £6.50. Group discounts available.

Advance Notice


· 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.

New in the library

Sheelagh has bought 2 new DVD’s for the library: “Creative Bondaweb”, with Kim Thittachai and “Creative Free Machine Embroidery”, with Gina Ferrari.

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:/

I gave further details about The Chairmans Challenge abnd the Capability Brown Festival. More will appear on the bulletin next month.


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