Thursday, January 23, 2020

January 2020

Happy New year to all my readers, even though it is rather late!!! We were entertained in Bolton by Suzy Huxley this week. I was really impressed with the work that she brought with her.Lots of animals captured with  machine embroidery that were extremely lifelike. She also had three sewing machines{that were quite ominous} as I am not comfortable with a sewing machine. Suzy brought along her daughter who acted as her technical support.Why I wondered, until later in the evening where Suzy set up a small camera close to her sewing machine which then projected her actions immediately onto the screen. Just like looking at You tube!!! Her talk was quite reassuring to a novice embroiderer. She was happy to make her own rules and also remind us that it takes practice, we cant lean a skill in minutes, hours of practice over and over again.

The photos above give a flavour of her work,followed by Suzy in action at the machine and how it projects onto the screen. Contact her at

Barbara brought in two pieces of work, inspired my a Mindfulness talk late last year.

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      January 2020
Happy New Year, welcome to our first meeting of 2020 and we start with some good news. Last year Manchester HOME invited artists living in Greater Manchester to submit work for their first open entry art exhibition.  They received over 2000 entries and shortlisted 20 to win 1 of 5 Manchester Open Awards – and Marion is one of the artists shortlisted!   500 of the entries are included in an exhibition at HOME (near Manchester Oxford Rd station), open till the 29th March.   Congratulations Marion!
 This Saturday, 25th, we have our annual Jacobs’s Join. There is a list for each member attending to        note which food items they will bring for our buffet lunch.
 22 February is our next Saturday Stitchday.  A chance to work on your current projects or try something     new with support and encouragement from other members.
  On 21 March we welcome Rachel Singleton (who came to our October meeting) for an exciting   workshop.  See the poster or Julie’s email for photos of her work and what we could be making. The cost of this workshop is £30.  £10 deposit when booking and full payment by 17th March.
  All three Saturday events take place at Bank Top Chapel, Ashworth Lane, Bolton.
The national Members’ Challenge for 2019/20 is “My Favourite Things” – people, places, mementos, etc.  Details on the Guild website, you will need to log in. 
Next year’s regional day is in Liverpool on 25 April and the Rosebowl competition theme is “All you need is Love”.  Tickets are £30 including lunch, please see Sheelagh if you wish to attend.  See the poster for details of speakers, traders, etc.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. ‘An English Lady’s Wardrobe’ 70 outfits and accessories showing changing fashions from Edwardian times to WW11. 23 Nov – 1March.
The Creative Crafts show is at Event City, near the Trafford Centre from 30 Jan-1 Feb.
Whitworth Gallery.  ‘Tapestries’ – an exhibition of textiles from the Whitworth’s collection of tapestries including historical and contemporary examples. Until 1 March.

If you have any items for the sales table, please give them to Karen or Julie.  Please don’t just leave items.
If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please tell Sheelagh.

Birthday Cards: Ann still needs of cards for members birthdays.  Please, if you have any handmade cards or you       can make some can you give them to her.

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

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