Sunday, February 21, 2016

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:/

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