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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Pendle meeting

on Jul 20, 2017 |

After the last busy week I started a new one by visiting my other branch up at Pendle. It was our last meeting of the year , so we ate our traditional excellent lunch. The competition Land and sea was judged and then we had what sems to be a new traditional, Kathryns manic raffle. Above, some of the competition entries,Glen wondering whether to stick or swap her raffle prize and Sue presenting Carole with the Bell Trophy. I managed to include our retiring secretary Joan on this photo. She will be very hard to replace but at least  from September,she can sit with me and we can enjoy the speaker. DONT FORGET THAT SOME OF US ARE STITCHING AT TOWNLEY HALL ON AUGUST 5TH NATIONAL STITCH DAY, THE BUTTERFLY...

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Manchester June 17

on Jul 20, 2017 |

The end of June was very busy. I returned from my marathon time in Madagascar on Tuesday. I did see the lemur, hence the photo below  On Wednesday, I went to collect my cat, attended my Phiseo on Thursday, had my hair cut on Friday,and was invited to Manchester Branch on Saturday. Its been a while since I actually visited the branch , but do see them regularly at Events City.Sue had previously asked me to judge their Bag competition. Two members were leading their day and members were experimenting with printing techniques to create backgrounds.Judging the bags was a difficult task. There was awide selection of colour and technique. The only rule was that it was to celebrate Manchesters 60 years so 60 should appear in some form. I eventually chose my favourite, which was a square shape of 15×4 candles, handstitched in many differing colours and stitches. You can see it in the top tight , below. Sue then had a couple of presentations, first to the winner of the bag competition and then to a mamber who is almost 90. She plans to leave the Guild as travel and stitching is becoming more difficult, but was assured by Sue that she would always be welcome and would be invited to special...

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Rochdale tea and exhibition.

on Jun 11, 2017 |

Hilary invited me yet again to the bi annual exhibition of Rochdales work. A lovely occasion as I seem to know so many of the members and it really feels that I’m amongst friends. Hilary had already collected the travelling book and I took with me the everlasting landscape. Both were well received. So I began by meeting the members and finding out how they all were. I then looked and talked to the demonstartors. I then moved on to the sales table. I don’t need another thing EVER but bought a book. The raffle looked amazing so a bought three tickets.   I then had a long chat wit Meg whilst eating a scone, jam and cream. Meg had a very nasty accident and her recovery will take time. She is a hardworking member of my committee so wanted her to stay on as Area 2 rep. Hilary from LSA has offered to help her. I have a great committee!!! Finally I saved myself to look at the exhibition. A really good mix of traditional and contemporary techniques, all well executed. I was chatting to a ,member when Hilary called me. Would I choose my raffle prize, yes I had one one. A perfect end to the...

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Mr Brown goes to Farfield.

on Jun 11, 2017 |

Ann arrived on time with a car full of work from Glossop and Macclesfield. We decided that it was too much for my car, so I was chauffeur driven to Farfield Mill. We took almost 50 pieces from the Capability Brown Project up to Farfield Mill, Sedburgh. They should be in place. along with pieces from NE and Yorks Humberside regions for 17th June. They are on display until end of July so well worth a visit. Whilst there we had a little walk round and spotted this amazing...

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Pendle meeting, June 17

on Jun 6, 2017 |

After a hectic summer school weekend , I dashed over to Pendle. Sue the Chair began the meting by explaining the role of the committee and identifying posts that needed to be filled at the AGM in September. Sue and I then reported back on our time at Summer school. showing the work that we had produced. We were then entertained by our speaker, Harriet Lawton.  Its hard to explain what she told us. It was really amazing. She was inspired by broken ceramics and “mended” them with thread. But then she discovered a water cutter and took out the middles of plates and re styled them. Her installations were huge. Padiham was another inspiration. The Rachel Kaye Shuttleworth labels lead to more work and then she was asked to submit plans for Padiham town centre. Harriet lives in Halifax but is happy to travel reasonable distances to Branches. I would really recommend her. harrietlawton@hotmail.com Harriet was given personal crockery by her grandparents and not wanting to break them , she devised a way to create fabric duplicates. Her display of actual pieces drew lots of attention Above a” mended ” cup and below a re worked plate.H Harriet is quite a business man and makes lovely bluebird jewellery and personalised plates as well.Pendle meets again in July, for a party lunch, activities ,judding our Competition, Land and Sea  and the crazy no holds barred...

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