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.




Saturday, May 20, 2017

May newsletter


Embroiderer’s Guild – Bolton Branch

May 2017



Our next workshop “Encrustations and Lichens” with Sandra Kendall is on 27th May at Bank Top United Reform Church. Some photos of her work to inspire you are on the noticeboard. Please give your name and payment to Clare if you wish to attend.  She also has a list of requirements for the day. 



Bolton Quilters exhibition is on the 10th June at Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest Rd, BL6 4EL, open from 10 – 4pm.  We will have a display of our work also so bring along your friends to show them what we can do.  Admission £2



     There are several interesting exhibitions in the region over the next few months:



      Calm during the Storm – a poignant exhibition of EG items from World Wars 1 and 2 until 30th June at the Central Art Gallery, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SG. 



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.



Threads Through Revelation – a display of fourteen textile panels showing Jacqui Parkinson’s interpretation of the last book of the Bible – Revelation.  At Chester Cathedral until 4th June.  Also in Chester till 2nd July is a National Open Textile Exhibition at Funky Aardvark, Bridge St Rows.



Further details of the above exhibitions are on the noticeboard.



Gawthorpe’s Great Lady exhibition celebrates the life and work of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth and tells the story of her commitment to social action, education and the arts.  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.  



Ten Plus Textiles have an exhibition 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.





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


Monday, May 15, 2017

April meeting


Bolton EG Meeting                25 April 2017





We had a quite a number of ‘show and tells’ this month including work from our three regional day prize winners – Marion, Carole and Barbara. Last month Eileen spoke about the tiny dresses and shawls knitted to dress stillborn babies before they are shown to their parents and this meeting she brought some tiny knitted teddies which are included in the memory boxes given to the parents.



Our last workshop was ‘Stitched Paper Collage’ with Marion and the designs and cards we all produced were on display.



Our speaker was Dionne Swift who is a textile artist and tutor from Holmfirth. She runs online workshops and also at the Janome Centre in Stockport and her work has been commissioned many times by interior designers.  For many years she worked with devor  velvet until it no longer was a challenge.  Now she works in a more painterly direction creating machine embroidered landscapes interpreted in stitch from her photographs and drawings.  She builds up multiple layers of thread in her landscapes as we could see from the examples of her work she brought to show to us.   She also brought samples of the huge variety of threads she uses, from fine to heavyweight. 



Currently she is the lead artist on a Military Wives project in Yorkshire called ‘Stitched Together’ - no singing in choirs this time, but coming together through stitch.
Shelagh




April Newsletter


Embroiderer’s Guild – Bolton Branch

April 2017

Competition success! 

Congratulations to our prize winners at the NW regional day in Lancaster last Saturday.  Marion and Carole won first and second prize in the Aurifil sponsored competition and Barbara won third prize in the Rose Bowl competition.   Other information from regional day:

the NW journals for 2017 should be available next month.

the 2018 regional day will be in Leyland, organised by the regional committee.

the Trustees’ report to the national AGM is on the members’ section of the Guild website and includes a report on the past year and their thoughts on the long-term future of the Guild.



You will have received an email about the Sky Arts channel competition “Landscape Artist of the Year 2017”. There is more information on the EG website.  It’s short notice but welcome recognition from the art world that embroiderers can also produce landscapes.



Exhibitions and events



Our next Saturday Stitch day is this Saturday at Bank Top United Reform Church, doors open 10am. 



Bolton Quilters exhibition on the 10th June has been relocated to Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest Rd, BL6 4EL.  Please bring your items, labelled with your name, for our display to the next meeting on 16th May.



      Calm during the Storm – a poignant exhibition of EG items from World Wars 1 and 2 that portrays the role of needlework, especially embroidery, as a calming influence in troubled times and links it to personal experience.  18 April – 30 June at the Central Art Gallery, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SG.  Open Tues, Wed, Fri and Saturday mornings.



The Capability Brown Festival continues at Tatton Park: 25 March – 30 July, work by Cheshire and Manchester members inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.   There is also a CB festival display at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire until 10 May.



Ten Plus Textiles have an exhibition at Salford Art Gallery, Peel Park, Salford M5 4WH from 29th April – 5th Sept.  Open Tues to Fri, Sat & Sun afternoons.



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.

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March newsletter




Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch  

March 2017



The Rose Bowl competition at Regional Day is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc. Debbie has e-mailed entry forms to you for this and also for the Aurifil competition if you wish to enter a piece of work.



Exhibitions and Events



Our workshop this Saturday at Bank Top United Reform Church is “Stitched Paper Collage” led by Marion Jazmik.  Our next meeting is on April 25th (4th Tuesday because of Easter) when Dionne Swift will talk about being a textile artist.  There is also an appeal from Janet - our sales table is in need of some new stock.  If you have anything suitable, please give to Janet.



The NW regional day this year is in Lancaster on April 22nd and the National AGM  is in Edinburgh on 1 April.  Details on the EG website and in Contact magazine.



     Bolton Quilters are having an exhibition on 10th June at St Helen’s Rd Methodist Church and have invited us to join them and display our work. Please think about what you could include in the display.  We will also need members to steward from 10am to 4pm.



     Calm during the Storm – a poignant exhibition of EG items from World Wars 1 and 2 that portrays the role of needlework, especially embroidery, as a calming influence in troubled times and links it to personal experience.  18 April – 30 June at the Central Art Gallery, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SG.  Open Tues, Wed, Fri and Saturday mornings.



The Capability Brown Festival continues at Tatton Park: 25 March – 30 July, work inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.   There is also a CB festival display at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 1 February – 10 May.



Blackpool EG branch 35th Anniversary exhibition at the Central Library, Queen St, Blackpool FY1 1PX from 20 – 22 April.



An exhibition of New Quilting supported by Arts Council England at the Rheged Centre, Penrith 3 March – 23 April.



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.  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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March meeting by Brenda




 At our meeting during Show and Tell Eileen Pepper brought a beautiful lace tablecloth which was embroidered by her mother many moons ago which is going to be used as an alter cloth in a local church. Eileen also tole us about an appeal to knit very small dresses ,caps and blankets to be used to dress babies who doe at birth, in order to present them to their parents in normal clothing. A ggod cause which I hope we will support.



Marion Jazmik also brought some of her recent pieces of work including 2 vessels based on tree bark and some beautiful collages to inspire us for the workshop she is doing with us this Saturday –can’t wait! Sorry couldn’t get near enough to take photos and then I forgot.







Also we brought some of our rust printing from our playday in February, for others to see. Hopefully we will do something creative with them. Pam Wright actually made a nice embellishment for her black felt hat.
Nikki Parmenter came to give us a talk about her “Experimental Textiles”. We were all quite amazed by the sheer dazzling quality she gave each piece by adding lots of “bling”, her favourite saying is “more is more”. Her work is mainly on a grand scale, ranging from large quilted hangings to 3D pieces. Her ideas are often taken from legends from different cultures mixed up with references to fine art images of faces and figures. She paints the figures/faces/animals onto fabric then sets about embellishing them with a myriad of beads and glitzy trimmings. Essential to her work are her sewing machine, car spray paint, funky foam, glue gun, lace and any trimmings she can find.


Can you spot the frog?


This stag will have antlers before completion


Two pages of her notebook.


 


























         




Some drawings from her sketchbook.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Feb Meeting.


Our speaker was Mary Taylor, a textile artist who lives in the Lake District and works from a studio in Farfield Mill in Sedburgh.   She specialises in embroidered landscapes of the beautiful scenery around her home and studio.  Scotland, especially the west coast around Ardnamurchan  is also a source of inspiration for her.



She gave a fascinating slide presentation showing how she constructs her landscapes in stitch.  Working from a photo, she sketches her design onto Vilene. Next she layers  strips of velvet in many subtle colours onto the Vilene to suggest land, sea, sky, etc followed by a layer of organza strips, again in many shades, all pinned to the base.  Dense machine embroidery is then applied to create  the fields, trees, rocks and other features of the land or seascape.  Heat is also applied to reveal some of the velvet layer.  She brought with her examples of the finished landscapes, alive with colour and texture.

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch

February 2017



Competitions



The Members Challenge theme for 2016/17 is “Imprisoned Splendour”.  Details on the EG website together with some ideas to inspire you.  Entries must be received by 27th February 2017.



Exhibitions and Events



     The  NW regional day this year is in Lancaster on Saturday,   April 22nd  at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus,  Bowerham Rd, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Tickets are £25 each to include lunch.  If you are interested in going, please give your names to Sheelagh.     The  Rose Bowl competition at  Regional Day  is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc.



The National AGM 2017 is in Edinburgh on 1 April.  Details and the programme are on the EG website.



EG members from Manchester and Cheshire will be displaying work at Tatton Park 25 March – 30 July, inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton, as part of the Capability Brown Festival.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.   There is also a CB festival display at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 1 February – 10 May.



An exhibition of New Quilting supported by Arts Council England will be held at the Rheged Centre, Penrith 3 March – 23 April.



Ruby Porter has organized a sale and exhibition of textiles from Sreepur village in Bangladesh at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral 17 – 26 February, 11am – 4pm.  Ruby will talk about her work with the Sreepur community each day.



Preston branch exhibition from 24 – 26 February, 10am – 4pm at  Barton Grange Garden Centre.  See noticeboard for details.



The EG nationally has set up an appeal inviting members, branches, regions and the wider stitch community to contribute to the fee for the services looking after the Collection being provided by Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.  For the first two years, the appeal is for £45,000.  We have details of how to contribute if you so wish.



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

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith.  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 interesting 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


Friday, February 10, 2017

Jacobs Join

Last Saturday, we held our annual lunch and activities. A great chance to socialise t


Jenny Shotcliff our librarian started us off on the activity which was making a straw dolly heart. (Jenny had to get special straw which had been grown organically as this is more flexible and doesn't snap.) These she explained were used to to give to young men at the end of harvest time to show you fancied them- a bit like a valentine so quite topical! Also they  represented fertility which caused a bit of a laugh!





Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 2017

Happy New Year to you all. Please accept my apologies for delay in January meeting details but we are still having some technical problems.




January 2017 meeting

It was a practical evening therefore we decided to try to do something to encourage new members.

We actually got the idea from Wyn Ingham who came to give us a talk on Casel Guidi before Christmas. We used fabrics, stitching and trimmings to cover luggage labels on one side and on the other side an invitation to join us at our meetings, which we are going to distribute around coffee shops and library's etc around Bolton.

As you can see we were very busy trying to achieve a target of 100.

Also Jackie brought a delightful vessel made from sheers for Show and Tell





Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch
January 2017

Competitions

     The Rose Bowl competition title for our Regional Day next April in Lancaster is on the theme of Entrances -  Doorways, gateways, windows, etc.

The Members Challenge theme for 2016/17 is “Imprisoned Splendour”.  Details on the EG website together with some ideas to inspire you.  Entries must be received between 5th December and 27th February 2017.

Exhibitions and Events

Jacob’s Feast is on Saturday, 28th January at Bank Top United Reform Church.  We will be making corn dollies so please bring a sewing kit, some ribbons and an old towel.

The NW regional day this year is in Lancaster on Saturday, April 22nd at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, Bowerham Rd, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Tickets are £25 each to include lunch.  If you are interested in going, please give your names to Sheelagh.  They need numbers by 24th February.

Wirral Branch 20th Anniversary exhibition of their members' work at the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead from 25 January to 5 March. Wed -Sun, 10am -5pm.

Preston branch exhibition “Through the Window and beyond the Gate” at the Green Room, Barton Grange Garden Centre, Brock PR3 0BT from 24- 26 Feb. from 10am to 4pm each day.

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show is at Event City, next to the Trafford Centre 2-4th February.  Manchester EG will have an exhibition:’ Zippity Doo Dah’

The EG nationally has set up an appeal inviting members, branches, regions and the wider stitch community to contribute to the fee for the services looking after the Collection being provided by Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.  For the first two years the appeal is for £45,000.

Please note Brenda Brown’s new email: brendabstitch@yahoo.com
Ann needs  handmade birthday cards for sending to members. If you have any, please pass them on.
Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith if you have anything.
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 interesting 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