Thursday, December 7, 2017

December meeting

There were only 7 entries for our Christmas Bag competition which was a little disappointing  but those who entered certainly used imagination and presented interesting work. Vivienne was the evantual well deserved  winner.


Brenda presented the winner with a Christmas Plant.
Carol then introduced our activity. She had made up little packs to help us make a scating boot.

We were so busy that I forgot to take a photo of a finished boot. Our evening concluded with a lovely festive board, organised by our hard working committee.
Welcome to our member’s Christmas Evening and our last meeting for 2017.  

Competitions

The Members’ challenge for 2017/18 is “Underfoot” and the closing date for entries is 28 February 2018.  Details are on the noticeboard and they are also on the   EG website, but you need to log into the members’ section.
The Rose Bowl competition, to be judged at the regional day in April 2018, is on the theme of “Our Beautiful North West”.  Our branch has done well in regional competitions in past years so hopefully we will have some good entries next year.

News

100 Hearts
As part of the EG’s plan to bring stitch and textile art to a wider public, they are inviting members to take part in a commemoration of the ending of WW1 a 100 years ago by embroidering a heart inspired by the “sweethearts” made by wounded WW1 soldiers while recuperating from their injuries.  The guild hopes to
Have 20 exhibitions of 100 hearts nationally and a selection from each region exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching shows in 2018, the NEC in 2019 and hopefully other major venues.  Full details are on the noticeboard and on the EG website – log into the members’ section.  If you wish to take part you must complete a registration form by 5 February 2018.  Hearts to be completed by 31 July.

Details of the regional Summer School are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who
came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June meeting.


 Exhibitions/Events

 Textile 21 group are exhibiting their work at Ordsall Hall from 1 Oct – 4 Feb 2018, in an exhibition
 titled “Shaped by Time”.

Bankfield Museum in Halifax will be showcasing some of their textile treasures in an intriguingly titled exhibition “A Hat or a Husband?” until 27 January 2018.  Information from: www.museums.calderdale.gov.uk


Our Bolton blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild
and our activities.
Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Janet if you have anything.
If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Linda. (An ISBN would be helpful).  Anything for the sales table to Karen.
If you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter; smtmadden@talktalk.net

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Monday, November 27, 2017

November branch meeting

It was an awful journey last week, travelling to the Guild, thick thick fog. Our speaker had set off in plenty of time but was a little late. She then spent some time setting up a very impressive display.
 Brenda gave out all the messages


And then our speaker,Marie Bellamy was able to begin.



Above is a small part of her varied and quite technical display.
She talked about" The wonder of Books" how the word was important but then how she made her own and even altered books.


She passed around lots of her pieces for us to study in detail and Im sure inspired many of us.Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      November 2017

Competitions

The Members’ challenge for 2017/18 is “Underfoot” and the closing date for entries is 28 February 2018.  Details are on the noticeboard and they are also on the   EG website, but you need to log into the members’ section.
The Rose Bowl competition, to be judged at the regional day in April 2018, is on the theme of “Our Beautiful North West”.  Our branch has done well in regional competitions in past years so hopefully we will have some good entries next year.

News

Our branch Christmas competition this year is “A Christmas Gift Bag” decorated in a technique of your
choice for our next meeting on 5th December.  There will be refreshments and Christmas decorations to make so please bring a sewing kit.
Details of the regional Summer school are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who
came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June meeting.

Introduce a Friend. Extra copies of our programme are available for you to take and give to any friends
 who might like to join us.  There are also posters, please take one if you know a shop, etc that could display one.

The Amy Williams award for this year was presented to Sue from Lytham branch at the NW Regional AGM.

 Exhibitions/Events

There is not much happening in the in the exhibition world at present. If you hear of any exhibitions or events which you think might be of interest to us, please forward details to smtmadden@talktalk.net and details can go in the newsletter or on the noticeboard.
The Knitting and Stitching show is on in Harrogate this weekend 23 – 26th.  Tickets are still available and there may still be places available on Tyrer’s coach trip.  Tel 01257 480979. 

 Textile 21 group are exhibiting their work at Ordsall Hall from 1 Oct – 4 Feb 2018, in an exhibition titled “Shaped by Time”.

Bankfield Museum in Halifax will be showcasing some of their textile treasures in an intriguingly titled exhibition “A Hat or a Husband?” until 27 January 2018.  Information from www.museums.calderdale.gov.uk

Our Sales Table is in urgent need of some new stock.  If you have anything you think is suitable to donate, please give to Karen.  Also raffle prizes welcome – see Janet and birthday cards – see Ann.






The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org
Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild and our activities.

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com

DONT FORGET RED AND WHITE STRANDED COTTONS AND USUAL SEWING STUFF FOR XMAS MEETING





Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ordsall Hall

A busy weekend, Barbara joined me on a trip to Ordsall Hall. There we met with Sue from Manchester and Patricia from Pendle. We set up a table with a few pessonal pieces{the travelling books were well used]our programme and the address labels that we had made, Sue had previously taken a design of a dragon fron the Radcliffe bed so we used this a  base for the public to stitch, She had also worked some bee designs which she made into brooches, We had all taken along work that we were currently doing so there was a lot on show. I hoped to push on with my blackbird but we hardly had a free moment. There was a lovely family with two small boys we wanted to see and know about EVERYTHING.


They were charming and enthusiastic. Nikki from yesterday came alon with her mother and several Guild friend as well. All of the programmes for both Manchester and Bolton vanished so we do hope that we have encouraged some more members of the public to pick up a needle and maybe even join us. Just three photos, the top one is a guest showing off her newly made bee brooch, the middle is two persons working on their brooches and the bottom is really the first, as we set up our table. Liz from the Hall kept popping in and at the end told us that over 200 members of the public had visirted that day.Its alovely venue so do call soon.

November workshop

I had missed the talks at Pendle and Bolton that out Saturday tutor, Nikki Parmenter had given so had to rely on opinions. I did look at Nikkis site and wondered if it were too clever for me but always up for the challenge.





Nikki began by showing us three of her recent pieces and then we chose from some prints that she had brought along.


I think the bird in the middle, created by Pam was my favourite



WE had the usual discussion at the end of the day



As per usual, I decided to try it my way. I wanted to create a Chameleon to represent my holiday in Madagascar earier this year. I had my own photos to work from but really went to town with colour. It was a perfect chance to use those fabrics that you wondered why you had bought them. He is supposed to blend in with the background but the usual response when friends see it is Well, yes err. I ve called him Claude and I enjoyed making him!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October newsletter

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      October 2017

Competitions

Our branch Christmas competition this year  is “A Christmas Gift Bag” decorated in a technique of your
choice.  The Members’ challenge for 2017/18 is “Underfoot”.   The closing date for entries is 28 February
 2018 and details are on the noticeboard.  They are also on the   EG website, but you need to log into the
 members’ section.  The Rose Bowl competition, to be judged at the regional day in April 2018, is on the
 theme of “Our Glorious North West”.  Our branch has done well in regional competitions in past years so
hopefully we will have some good entries next time.

 News

Our next workshop is on 18 November with Nikki Parmenter. There are still some places, please give your name and payment of £20 to Clare if you wish to come.  Our next Stitch Day is at Bank Top this
Saturday, 21 October, doors open at 10am.

The NW Regional AGM is also this Saturday on 21 October at Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club.

Details of the regional Summer school are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who
came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June meeting.

Introduce a Friend. Extra copies of our programme are available for you to take and give to any friends
 who might like to join us.  There are also posters, please take one if you know a shop, etc that could display one.

 Exhibitions/Events

The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show takes place from 23 – 26 November.  Reduced tickets at £11 are again available for group purchases of 10 tickets or more.  As last year members of the group do not need to travel together.  Tyrer’s are running a coach trip to Harrogate on Sat, 25 November.  Cost £16.50.  Names to Sheelagh this evening.

Manchester EG are having an exhibition at the Parsonage, Didsbury M20 2RQ under the title
 “Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim”  until 22 October.  Open daily. 
There are two exhibitions in the area with an Indian theme:  Kantab – Quilting Stories from India at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak St, M4 5JD  to 12 November;  and a display of Indian Kantha Textiles at the Arc Centre, Reddish SK5 7BR  to 17 November.

“Shaped by Time”, Textile 21 group are exhibiting at Ordsall Hall from 1 Oct – 4 Feb 2018.

The Silk Museum at Macclesfield have an exhibition by Threadmill who are exhibiting work inspired by items in the museum’s collection to create a journey through the countries of the Silk Rd.  Until 10 Nov.


The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org
Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild and our activities.


Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com

October meeting

It was my first trip back to Bolton Branch for a year as I found the  time needed and responsibilities of NWR Chair and membership of Bolton to be difficult. However I was warmly welcomed back. Val Hughes was setting up for her talk  This was her third visit and the second time that she has done this talk. The Ann Boleyn Collection. I remember the dresses well and the passion that Val fels for her subject.She had brought along 8 gowns inspired by the life of Ann Boleyn. They were all black and red, slashed, ripped and twisted. Val explained how she came to use these techniques to represent the tortuous and bloody life of Ann. I will say no more as it would spoil a new listener to hear more....
But I did take some photos and am sure you will recognise some from Harrogate shows.








Wednesday, September 27, 2017

newsletter

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      September 2017

Welcome to the first meeting of our 2017/18 year.  Tonight we have our AGM, Molly’s cup competition
and a practical activity while we chat and catch up.  We have a varied programme to look forward to and
there are extra copies of the programme for you to take and give to any friends who might like to join us.
 There are also posters, please take one if you know a shop, etc that could display one.

Our next workshop is on 18 November with Nikki Parmenter.  Please give your name and deposit to
 Clare if you wish to come.  Our next Stitch Day at Bank top is 21 October.

 Competitions

Our branch Christmas competition this year is “A Christmas Gift Bag” decorated in a technique of your
 Choice.  The Members’ challenge for 2017/18 is “Underfoot”.   The closing date for entries is 28 February
 2018 and details are on the EG website.

 News

 On 5 August, a group of members gathered at Middlebrook to celebrate National Day of Stitch and promote our EG branch.  Visitors weren’t as numerous as we had hoped for but we enjoyed stitching our butterflies.

The NW Regional AGM is on 21 October at Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club.  If you wish to
attend, please let Sheelagh know tonight or by 8 October. If you have any questions for the
 regional committee or nominations for committee members, please submit them to
 jenniferseg@btconnect.com by 9 October. 

Details of the regional Summer school are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who
came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June meeting.

 Exhibitions/Events

The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show takes place from 23 – 26 November.  Reduced tickets at £11 are again available for group purchases of 10 tickets or more.  As last year members of the group do not need to travel together.  Tyrer’s are running a coach trip to Harrogate on Sat, 25 November.  Cost £16.50.  Names to Sheelagh by the October meeting.

Manchester EG are having an exhibition at the Parsonage, Didsbury M20 2RQ under the title
 “Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim”  from 1 to 22 October.  Open daily.  There are two exhibitions in the area with an Indian theme:  Kantab – Quilting Stories from India at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak St, M4 5JD from 14 Sept to 12 November.  Also, a display of Indian Kantha Textiles at the Arc Centre, Reddish SK5 7BR 11 Sept to 17 November.

“Shaped by Time”, Textile 21 group are exhibiting at Ordsall Hall from 1 Oct – 4 Feb 2018.


The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org
Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild and our activities.

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com


Programme for following year


           September 19 -   AGM,         Registration, Molly’s   cup  and activity 
              October 17 -   Val Hughes     The Ann Boleyn Collection
              November 21 -  Marie Bellamy,  The wonder of books – Mixed   media
               December 5 -  Member’s Christmas Evening with activity and competition
               January 16  -  Rachel Nettles,  Cabbages and Nettles
               February 20  - Practical evening
               March 20 -   Bella May Leonard ,  Sculptured Stitch
               April 17 -  Liz Almond -  Carry on Stitching
               May 15 - Gill Robert -  The Corset Unlaced
               June 19 -  Hilary Naghash - Persian delights
               July 17  EGM and Summer meal at Ridgmont.

Saturday Workshops
Nov 18 – Nikki Parmenter - Fabulous Fish
March 17  - Sue Tyldesley - Creating with Wax
May 12– Colourcraft – Experiments with Colourcraft  products.

                 Stitchdays                                                                                                     Other Events
                 October    21                                                                                      January 20    Jacob’s Feast
                 February  24                                                                                       April 21  Regional Day, Leyland
                                                                                                                               June 16  Visit to Merseyside EG

       

Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer meal

I was invited but unable to attend this years meal, the first that I have missed since I introduced it many years ago. I am tolsd by three different members, that it was another lovely occassion.Brenda has sent me some photos


Shae also added a paragraph about the EGM and the next day sent me photos about the Butterfly bag.
Yes it was a very enjoyable evening as usual and the weather was kind to us again so that we could relax in the little courtyard outside first.
There has been some minor changes to the committee with Janet Mitchell moving from sales table to raffle and Linda Thornton
 taking over the library, also Karen Vaughan will run the sales table with the help of Debbie, otherwise all remains the same.
We have arranged to have the Day of Stitch in the arcade at Middlebrook leading up to the cinema for our work area and I have been busy making 
folk inspired stitched butterflies to attach to a fabric collage of a tree when I get to sort it. I have made a bag to hopefully inspire the branch members 
to come along and take part and have also made up some kits so that they can make the butterflies before hand and come along to attach them to the tree!
Here's hoping!





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June newsletter


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch                     June  2017



News and Reminders

Saturday Stitch/Play day this Saturday 24th at Bank Top United Reform Church.  

Our next meeting will be our EGM and summer meal at Ridgemont on July 18th.  If you wish to go, the cost is £25; payment and menu choice to Clare please. There is no meeting in August.

Our new programme will start on September 19th with our AGM and Molly’s Cup Competition.  The title this year is “Feather Stitch and French Knots” - a piece of work using mainly these stitches.



We had a good response to our display of work at the recent Bolton Quilters Exhibition: lots of admiration and interest from visitors so hopefully we will have encouraged some of them to become EG members.  Congratulations to Jackie who won the visitors’ choice award with her “Circles” quilt.



Legacy Award

The NW Region has been left a legacy to provide a monetary award each year for 10 years to a member in the region who has been active in teaching members and/or YE groups. Each branch is invited to nominate a member; their names together with supporting evidence/ details will be forwarded to NW region to decide and a presentation is planned for the AGM in October.  We have distributed ballot papers this evening for you to choose the nominee from Bolton. Please complete before you leave.



There are several interesting exhibitions in the region over the next few months. Please see the noticeboard.   Some highlights are:



Nikki Parmenter who came to our meeting in March has an exhibition at the Silk Museum, Macclesfield to celebrate UK/India year of culture.  Her silk peacock will be on display, she brought some of the feathers she had made for it to show us when she visited.    17th June – 8th September.  She will be holding a workshop for us next year.



Gawthorpe’s Great Lady exhibition celebrates the life and work of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.  It includes photos and personal objects rarely on display. Until 5th November.



The Capability Brown Festival continues at Tatton Park till 30th July, work by Cheshire and Manchester EG members inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.   More CB Festival work from the northern regions at Farfield Mill, Sedburgh until 30 July under the banner  “Capability and Creativity”.



Ten Plus Textiles have exhibitions of contemporary art textiles at Salford Art Gallery, Peel Park, Salford M5 4WH until 5th Sept.  Open Tues to Fri and Sat & Sun afternoons. Free admission.  Also at Didsbury Parsonage, Didsbury M20 2RQ.  8 -30 July. Open daily.



Ann needs handmade cards for sending to members. Any you make and can donate, please pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith.  Items for the sales table to Janet.

If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter or noticeboard.  smtmadden@talktalk.net

The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org

Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com

We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild and our activities.

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May workshop

Sandra Kendal was out tutor last Saturday. I went along to see if I could assist and caught up on all the gossip. Sandra brought along loads of samples, photos and notes for all members. She demonstrated a few ideas and then the members got going, Most had chosen to work on the hand dyed fabric that Sandra had brought along. They stitches were not complicated so there was quite a lot of relaxed chatter , but at the same time, their work grew quite quickly. Another demo and time for lunch.

It was possibly the hottest day of the year. The sun was beating down through the velux windows so there was a lot of furniture removals as we moved tables to avoid the sunshine. We were actually looking forward to the predicted rain.


The thunder and lightening arrived but was not very dramatic and neither did it ease the heat.
Members carried on, using another technique of stitching onto muslin. About 3.00pm we accepted defeat and began to pack away. Of course we had the usual show of our work and Sandra would love to see the finished pieces.