Ordsall Hall: Textiles takeover day – Sunday 19 November

on Nov 14, 2017 |

Join us for a day celebrating textiles and textile crafts with pop-up demonstrations throughout the Hall. Knitting Embroidery Natural Dyes Tudor Stocking Knitting Textile printing Craft ‘Pre-loved’ stall Free entry but charges may apply for some activities. All proceeds go to the upkeep of Ordsall Hall Textiles takeover day...

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NWR AGM Oct 21 2017

on Oct 31, 2017 |

I believe that about 80 members attended our most recent AGM. I had set off very early so as to put out lots of displays that have become a popular addition to the day. My final day so I wanted all to go well. I had a number of emails and cards which were delightful and much appreciated.The day went well, Linda attended as trustee and after the formal morning, Sue led the afternoon activity, a paisley piece to make into a huge peacock. Mine is now ready for posting back to Sandra. I took lots of photos but below you can see some of the presentations. We decided to present a small gift to Ann who had spent hours applying the handkerchiefs to the tablecloth I presented the Amy Williams Award to Sue of Lytham St Annes I then gave Jennifer her 25 year badge Sandra won the Broderers Cup , for her Journal cover entry Sue congratulates me on my retirement and presents me with a lovely huge orchid and hand dyed silk scarf Not the best photo but the tablecloth was much admired. I have close ups if required but you will all see it again at the regional day in...

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‘Fabrications’

on Oct 31, 2017 |

Now until 31st December 2017- An Exhibition of Textile Art , which includes Batik, Felting, Machine and Hand Embroidery. ‘Nutmeg and Vanilla’ 252 Chorley New Road, Horwich BL6 5NP. Come and meet the artist on 11th November 2-4pm refreshments will be served.

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Pendle meeting Oct.

on Oct 2, 2017 |

This is perhaps my last entry on this Blog .I do hope Sue is able to add posts as she travels around. Yesterday Lesley came to see me and eplained that I have caused some problems with this site as I have not resized my photos. So my sincere apologies to her and I hope that it all works out right tonight. I also found that if you want hidden,historic posts if you click Archive at the bottom of this Web. i am also learning to differenciate between a blog and a web. Taken me too long!!!! So I went along to Pendle today. At first I was disappointed to hear that Sue our speaker could not attend, but was sending her daughter Sarah. So no worries as I have known them both for many years. They run the excellent Golden Hinde company. Sarah brought along a selection from her shop, and then greets Sue our Chair. Sarah told us how it all started[all new to me} and then began to show us masses of examples of their work. Unfortunately we had to shorten our afternoon as the room was desperately needed but Sarah had time to allow us to look more closely at her examples . Sue then reminded us that we could all have a go  as a workshop is booked for February. One of a pair worked by Sue,Sarah has the third but has yet to complete it. Below the second but I must apologies as its not too sharp. Sarah does “actually” stitch and showed us her piece or Or Nue, a technique that I admire but have yet to...

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Pendle meeting september

on Sep 28, 2017 |

The Pendle meeting in September is our AGM. The morning was a general chat with friends,raffle and sales table and payment of fees. Eileen brought along an amazing light box, veery slim sophisticated and A4 in area. makes mine look like a dinosaur. I returned all the pieces from the CBP in Farfield Mill. The afternoon was a little more formal. Kathrine brought alon the almost completed tablecloth. Looking pretty good ,dont you think? We then had the formal AGM. Our Treasurer Secretary and Chair take their places. After the formalities, gifts were presented to our very hard working, retiring secretary.Joan. Joan models her new scarf, whilst admiring her orchid and looking forward to a private visit to Gawthorpe Hall. Joan then turned the tables on us. She wanted to acknowledge help that she had been given so presented Katherine with a gift, a lovely plant. She continued and really shocked me when my name was mentioned. A gift for me too. Joan knew that I was off to Crete literally hours later so did not give me a plant. I received two very pretty mugs and matching tray , adorned with stylised cats. They are so pretty. A pure coincidence but I had chosen exactly the same ones for a friends birthday so we must both have good taste!!! We all wish Joan a long and happy retiremment and I look forward to sitting with her at future...

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National Stitch Day 2017

on Aug 7, 2017 |

Sue challenged seven of us to join her this year . Last year we were in the Great Hall of Townely Hall but this year a private room in the foyer{also free entry} The staff were helpful , providing lots of tables and free refreshments when we arrived. We set up and were then taken up to a private viewing of Libertas. see before. We had been asked to bring along a few pieces of our own work which was arranged around the room. We had all prepared Butterflies. I worked on four techniques all based on the same design. We worked hard but did not complete any piece because we were very busy. Lots of visitors and some serious interest in our Guild. One visitor even arrived from Australia{ though I guess we were not number one on her list} It was a great opportunity to promote our Guild and at the same time, get to know each other a liitle more. We put the world straight but I am relieved that there were no recording devices as some of our converstaions were more than enlightening. Come and join us next year....

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Natural progression at Townely Hall Burnley

on Aug 7, 2017 |

Our current Vice Chair Sue told me about an exhibition coming up. She is a member of Natural Progression and their exhibition was in Townley Hall. Eight members of Pendle Branch were stitchng there on Saturday, so we were given private access. The title was LIBERTAS and the two rooms were full of stunning pieces. I was delighted to realise that many of the members were also members of Parbold branch so I know them quite...

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The Lost Basque children

on Aug 7, 2017 |

I met Claire Hignett recently and was reminded of the article I had read recently.  Claire had researched a group of children who had escaped from the Spanish Civil War and arrived in Salford and Eccles{ and Watermillock in Astley Bridge Bolton} I was fascinated so went along to her exhibition at Ordsall Hall Salford.I love this Hall and it was another chance to see the Bedspread that many of us stitched.Claires exhibition is on until 24th September.Worth a...

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Summer school 2017

on Aug 7, 2017 |

I have completed my summer school owl. I do not like doing “kits” so planned some amendments but when Nichola said, “own it” I went a bit silly. I do not like Brown so added purple to the head so that I could do similar to the body. The rose was originally Blue and the body was orange. I followed all the stitches but added veins to the leaves.  My frame is a very simple pine wood to represent the trees.Hope Nichola...

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Wirral meeting, July 17

on Jul 22, 2017 |

After the dreadful storms I was a little apprehensive about my journey to Birkenhead. I had already decided to avoid Liverpool as I know there is a major road damage problem. However my apprehensions were unnecessary, the afternoon was warm and dry. Mind you, it was rush hour and the motorways were really busy, it took me almost 2 hours. Arrriving at the art gallery, i found the meeting room and was warmly greeted by Joan the current and Janet the former Chairs. The speaker,Maggie Relph was busy setting up. Her talk was about the colours of Africa, so I was really interested but confused. It all became clear as she asked two volunteers to model a series of costumes, hats etc mainly worn for ceremonial purposes , by men. I will include a few photos but would not want to spoil your enjoyment of a future talk, info @africanfabric.co.uk.Maggie also mentioned the Workd Textile Day North on 23rd Sept at Frodsham community Centre WA6 7QN if you are free. Joan opens the meeting Maggie is dressed for the part The long embroidererd “panel” is actually undergarments for a wealthy man.  Wealth is measured by the amount of fabric you wear!!!! Thanks to Janet and Jill our two models who looked pretty fab in some of these...

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