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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SUMMER SCHOOL 2017

on Jun 5, 2017 |

Another glorious summer school ended yesterday afternoon. Sue had booked two excellent tutors, KIm Thittichai and Nicola Jarvis. There were two groups of 16 students. I had chosen Nicolas class as she had attended another summer school in the past. I took along my finished piece and she was delighted to see it. She reminded me that it was actually 11 years ago. So I can report well from this group. Nicola had provided us with a number of kits from the Hillwood Collection. I am not too keen on kits but the designs were lovely and I intended to put my own slant on the work. In fact Nicola was very encouraging and wanted us to “own” our work. I chose an owl with a blue rose that I knew would be changed to the inevitable pink, but I also added a purple area and there may be more to come.. Anyone listening from the door would be very confused as she called out Squirrels please or Owls are you ready? She was constantly demonstrating to small groups or individuals, was encouraging and delighted with our progress. She also had a wicked sense of humour. Nicola demonstrating and the group working hard. A five minute break to record the happy group The piece that I hope to aspire to…… And a good days work. What I loved about our tutor is that we started each section,,learned the skill and then left it for later and moved on to a new area. I was also extremely impressed with the workbook that came with the kit. Some of our work on display. Every piece was different. As I said earlier, I am not a massive supporter of kits but by the end of the weekend, I was converted and purchased another!!!! As well as excellent food , we had regular coffee/tea/biscuits stops and an opportunity to chat with the other group. I was also in evidence with my inevitable raffle tickets. Kim had the advantage of a work room on the ground floor and access outside so they posed outside the front door. I only managed one quick visit to their work room but I believe Kim introduced them to...

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Visit to Warrington

on Jun 5, 2017 |

A  pleasant ride over to Warrington on Thursday. I was warmly greeted by Cathy[former} and Irene [current} Chairs. Irene had planned to tail about the Everlasting landscape so I had taken with me. the selection so far. We managed to hang it and it proved quite a conversation piece. Cathy had dyed some Vilene ready for use so I cant wait to see their finished pieces. The hanging is available for use by any branch and will post quite economically. I was then reacquainted with Margaret Steeden from Macclesfield branch. She spoke about her progress through life and how this influenced her work. She revealed pieces one by one and her personal  journey .   So the first photo is the “Tie Challenge” followed by a Warrington  quilt. You then see Irene talking to the group, followed by Margaret with her first and last pieces. Finally  a poor picture by me of our Everlasting landscape. with a reminder that they are still being...

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Cheshire borders with Chester exhibition, May .

on May 22, 2017 |

It was bright and clear yesterday as I set off for the above exhibition I had never heard of Bickerton but trusted my sat nav. First I was on motorways but soon was travelling through the rolling Cheshire countryside, It seemed to take ages, well nearly 2 hours but again I was delighted to be there. Pam had requested the loan of our Banner and it certainly took pride of place at the entrance, I even took its photograph. She had also requested the Travelling Book. I was able to bring this home ready for its next outings to Rochdale and Lytham St Annes. I was also able to collect some pieces for the quickly organised Capability Brown exhibition at Farfield Mill / mid June to late July. Amongst the photos you will see a member working on the hanky for my tablecloth and perhaps the longest branch banner in the UK. Should it be entered for the Guinness Book of...

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Kendal In May

on May 22, 2017 |

As part of my promise, to try and visit a meeting or exhibition for all of my 24/3 branches, I fitted in two visits last weekend. On Saturday, I “nipped” up to Kendal. They meet in the Quaker Meeting House. The morning was glorious. I didn’t even take a jacket. I was warmly greeted by Ann but tried not to interrupt the demo by Sue and Sarah from Golden Hinde. I managed to spend even more money whilst they were busy and then wandered around to meet the members. We ate lunch together and then I travelled home. What an awful journey , such horrible rain….and I had no jacket,,,,never mind, it was worth...

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Pendle in May

on May 22, 2017 |

Over the May Bank Holiday, we were invited to attend the Higham Village Fair. We attended last year and gained members through it so Sue set up a schedule for us to attend. I was there for the last afternoon and as requested, took along some of my work and a piece to demonstrate. I took along my unfinished Owen Davies canvas work garden. I had no time to actually stitch as we were extremely busy, but returning home I made a concerted effort to complete it. You will see a photo of our meeting hall, its perfect!!! A few days later we met for our meeting where Katie Chaplin gave a talk, Mottainai and demo of Furoshiki. Hard to type, harder to say but the photos might give you an idea. The Japanese were perhaps the worlds first...

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Tatton Hall

on May 22, 2017 |

Mr Brown is now visiting Tatton Hall. I was invited to the opening and again marvelled at the talent of our members. You can still catch it till late in...

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Pendle April meeting

on May 22, 2017 |

After a very busy weekend in Edinburgh , I dashed over to Pendle on Monday.   It was an extra special morning as Christine and David Poole joined us for a chat and lunch. Sadly they could not stay for the afternoon. A pity as Gillian Roberts gave a thought provoking and entertaining talk about corsets. She brought along some of her exquisite work, and in fact wore one of her creations throughout the...

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