NWR Summer School 2019

At the end of May thirty two keen stitchers found their way to Waddow Hall, Clitheroe – an old manor house owned the Guiding Association and set in a wonderful location amid woodland and overlooking the River Ribble. Not a hotel but comfortable beds and good food – so no cooking or washing up. Even if you are not a keen stitcher can’t be bad for a weekend away!

16 of us in the upstairs classroom learned to make little brooches using metal threads and beads under the expert tuition of Jenny Adin Christie. We had pre-ordered kits from a list of 9 designs, hearts, butterflies, daisies, roses, and these included everything necessary for to complete the project, all in carefully labelled plastic bags, plus a very comprehensive and clear instruction booklet.  Jenny was a very supportive tutor and most students completed or nearly finished their brooch.

The remaining 16 worked in the ground floor classroom and had a wonderful time designing printing blocks in designs derived from the work of Gustav Klimt. These were used to stamp patterns in various mediums and colours, which could be enhanced with foils and sheers, black velvet to create suitable background for stitched embellishment.  Several students appeared at coffee time with beautifully dyed fingers!

Mealtimes and coffee breaks were accompanied by lots of chat as students from branches all over the region took the opportunity to get to know each other and it was interesting to find out how other branches operate – we may be one guild but we all have our own ways of working. In the words of one student “I had a very enjoyable time on my first summer school, everybody friendly and happy to share experiences and ideas. I can’t see how it could be improved”

Dates for next year are 5-7th June 2020 and booking forms are available from 1st September 2019 for Whitework with Sara Dennis and Experimental Print & Stitch with Angie Hughes


Hilary Cresswell- Summer School Co-ordinator- NWR