Sunday, February 21, 2016

Amended Feb meeting report

Apologies, the preview was better than the final production. A paragraph has been transposed. Please read about Miss Coral       a cape       and then the delinquent paragraph that appears later                 you have a flavour of her work.. Some of the work is heavily padded , other pieces are scrunchy  and you want to touch. Karen explained her inspiration, techniques and then how she wants to have control when photographing her work.  She has been in several magazines and then back to the original. Hope this does not distract from the story too much...blame the pain killers!!!

Bolton branch February meeting

Still feeling delicate, I was not very enthusiastic about attending an evening meeting but was delighted when I saw who it was. I had heard our speaker at a Padiham{Pendle}meeting last However there had been a technological problem and Karen  improvised and spoke without the use of her slides. This time all went well. Karen Casper has a site which really is apt and describes her work so well. You cannot ignore the carouselle skirt that dominates her exhibition. Add to this , a fan , some veils and Miss Coral a her posters are stunning. We are delighted that Karen is leading a workshop in Bolton on 12th March. Co incidentally she will be at Parbold the Saturday before and there might be workshop spaces.

cape and you have a flavour of her work.. Some of the work is heavily padded , other pieces are scrunchy  and you want to touch. Karen explained her inspiration, techniques and then how she wants to have control when photographing her work. She has been in several magazines and

February 2016
News and Competitions   
The Rose Bowl competition title is “Under the Sea”, for our Regional Day in April this year, hope you’re working on it! There is no restriction on size as long as it was produced within the last 2 years. This will be voted for by members on the day.
Also the Coates Anchor award for Excellence in Embroidery, the design for which is your personal choice but must primarily involve hand or machine embroidery or a combination of both. You should involve Coates Anchor threads in your piece of work. Entry forms available from Brenda.

 Exhibitions and Events
  • Chester Cathedral : the Royal School of Needlework are showing more than 50 pieces of ecclesiastical embroidery. Mon – Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. £5 for adults children under 12 free.
  • NEC Fashion & Embroidery- Hobbycrafts- Sewing for Pleasure and Cake international from 17-20 March. See notice board.
  • Details about Summer School at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe on 3-5 June, on the notice board. Booking
  • Now & Then : 60th Anniversary of the Manchester Branch. 14th Feb- 22nd May. Exhibitions and workshops see Salford’s What’s On booklet, Workshops must be booked through Ordsall Hall.
  • Planted and Picked a celebration of the garden border through stitch by Carole Dawber, 1 Feb- 12 March 2016 at Martin Mere. Daily 9.30-4.30 Tel 01704895181.
  • The Threadmill Textile Group have an exhibition at the parsonage, Stenner lane, Didsbury. sat 13 Feb- 13 March 2016.  Preview Sunday 14 February.

 Advance Notice
Book your place on our workshop with Karen Casper: “Wearable Art”, 10.00am on March 12th at Bank Top Church, Ashworth Lane, Bolton BL18RX. 

Other notices
  • You can purchase an A4 canvas from Amazon –Quick Draw Supplies, cost -£3each including p&p. Ideal for the Capability Brown Project .
  • Please order your Journal from Brenda today –only£1, an excellent read.

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:/

Manchester at Ordsall Hall

Last Sunday Pauline accompanied me to Ordsall hall. Manchester Branch have been very busy, last week at Events City and then this at Ordsall Hall. It was their official opening so I was delighted to represent our North West region and meet up with many friends. They have an excellent exhibition showcasing a wide variety of skills. They are also running a number of workshops. I would strongly recommend a visit.

They are there for several weeks.   Please use the link on this blog to find out more . We spent ages looking and chatting but found enough time to nip into the bedroom and see for ourselves, our bedspread. So a couple more photos to tempt you.......

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Events City, Manchester

Still feeling delicate, I was not very enthusiastic about driving to the Trafford Centre and then wandering around the exhibition but I had promised. Manchester Branch do an amazing job each year so I had to go. Liz asked me to choose my favourite piece for the visitor vote. This piece caught my eye , immediately as it was an unusual form of Blackwork with additional stitched techniques. Liz might not be too happy  that I am making it public but I believe that it is one of her pieces. Great Liz.
 I then went to see a de
mo of how to make a pretty bag. I have a paper template here but as yet it has defeated me. Ro says that it is very easy so I will not give in.

Wandering around , I saw an exhibition based on a Scottish theme competition and was drawn immediately to a piece that I recognised , by our member John.

 Finally I admired the collection of costumes from Far from the Madding Crowd, I have read this book several times so matching costumes to characters was fun.

 I had been asked by Pauline to pick up some double sided.  cellotape. I saw it on the way in so as I was leaving I went to purchase but they had run out. Sorry Pauline. I did have two more quick trips around to see if I could see it elsewhere.

Pendle 2016

No its not a new branch but a change of name more suited to the new location[which is actually excellent].I had a very tentative drive over on Mon1st Feb, the first meeting of our New Year, still feeling very delicate after my trials in India. I was asked to give a short report about the last Council meeting and then Sue presented Joan with flowers and a book in recognition of all her work
for this branch. Our speaker from Halifax was Wyn Ingham.She had brought along a massive selection of lace , old and new, from all over the world and even though her title was called Casalguidi, she managed to cover an enormous range of ideas. A very entertaining talk, well worth the drive over.. In June she is coming back to give a workshop that I'm sure will be very popular