Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Out and about, Gawthorpe Hall

Last Saturday, Patricia Sue and I met at Gawthorpe Hall for our second stitch and chat days. Patricia has done a great deal of preparatory work and we were eager to start. Unfortunately there was some mix up and we were without a RKS member of staff. Fortunately we are adaptable and able to offer some limited stitching. I took along my leaves stitched for the National Stitch day  and Patricia had loads of stitched samples.  We shared our threads beads and equipment. The theme was Zodiac so we identified our own and had a go. Two members of the public came in to see us but then access was limited due to insurance worries. However the two guests were full of praise and loved their day. I believe both might well join the Guild, one in Bolton and another at Parbold. We were a little disappointed but relieved that three of our members were unable to attend and we had a really good chance to chat. Our final date is in October.

A few reminders, everlasting landscapes anytime please but I hope to see some at the AGM in October. Any leaves to be brought there too. AND Fri Sept 12th, an invitation  from Gawthorpe Hall . to those who stitched the CBP pieces.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

National Stitch Day

Yesterday was the newish Guild initiative of a National Day of stitch. About 1/2 the branches in the NWR were taking part this year. It was suggested that we could make leaves and literally make a path between Lands End and John o Groats. We will see!!!I joined members of Pendle this year at Townley Hall, Burnley. I had the wrong time, arriving early and so as it was a glorious morning, I sat in the gardens .stitching. I was approached by members of the public and did chat quite a lot. Pendle members arrived and we went in doors. Refreshments were provided for us as we set up a small exhibition and began our leaves. Foot fall was rather slow to begin with but we soon began to engage the public with conversation. They were interested and full of compliments about our work.

I enjoyed the opportunity to actually spend time and chat with my felloe stitchers. Thank you Sue for your organisation.

Out and about. Keswick

Last Sunday, I drove up to Keswick. Its ages since I had been that for north in the Lakes and when I saw Skiddaw I remembered that it was the only mountain in the Lakes that I have not climbed. For a few minutes, I was tempted but then a reality check, I'm older, wiser and less fit!!!
Anyhow my purpose was to visit the Keswick Branch exhibition and meet with the,members there. I found the village hall in Threlkeld quite easily and was greeted by Pat the secretary who immediately offered me a cup of tea. A perfect welcome after a couple of hours in the car. I then met Debbie the new chair . We chatted about the branch, the problems still caused by the winter floods and the actuality of being a small isolated branch.
Debbie and Pat

Chats, demos and exhibits

The Keswick Banner

By chance I raised the Travelling Book idea and then went to my car and brought it in to show members. They, like me were very impressed and I might see two pages from then in the distant future. A light lunch and then I drove back, frustrated by the lines and lines of traffic cones for non existent road works but happy that I had seen all the lovely work and put more names to faces.