Wednesday, September 27, 2017

newsletter

Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch      September 2017

Welcome to the first meeting of our 2017/18 year.  Tonight we have our AGM, Molly’s cup competition
and a practical activity while we chat and catch up.  We have a varied programme to look forward to and
there are extra copies of the programme for you to take and give to any friends who might like to join us.
 There are also posters, please take one if you know a shop, etc that could display one.

Our next workshop is on 18 November with Nikki Parmenter.  Please give your name and deposit to
 Clare if you wish to come.  Our next Stitch Day at Bank top is 21 October.

 Competitions

Our branch Christmas competition this year is “A Christmas Gift Bag” decorated in a technique of your
 Choice.  The Members’ challenge for 2017/18 is “Underfoot”.   The closing date for entries is 28 February
 2018 and details are on the EG website.

 News

 On 5 August, a group of members gathered at Middlebrook to celebrate National Day of Stitch and promote our EG branch.  Visitors weren’t as numerous as we had hoped for but we enjoyed stitching our butterflies.

The NW Regional AGM is on 21 October at Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club.  If you wish to
attend, please let Sheelagh know tonight or by 8 October. If you have any questions for the
 regional committee or nominations for committee members, please submit them to
 jenniferseg@btconnect.com by 9 October. 

Details of the regional Summer school are on the notice board.  The two tutors are Julia Triston who
came to our regional day at Haigh Hall and Valerie Wartelle who came to our June meeting.

 Exhibitions/Events

The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show takes place from 23 – 26 November.  Reduced tickets at £11 are again available for group purchases of 10 tickets or more.  As last year members of the group do not need to travel together.  Tyrer’s are running a coach trip to Harrogate on Sat, 25 November.  Cost £16.50.  Names to Sheelagh by the October meeting.

Manchester EG are having an exhibition at the Parsonage, Didsbury M20 2RQ under the title
 “Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim”  from 1 to 22 October.  Open daily.  There are two exhibitions in the area with an Indian theme:  Kantab – Quilting Stories from India at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak St, M4 5JD from 14 Sept to 12 November.  Also, a display of Indian Kantha Textiles at the Arc Centre, Reddish SK5 7BR 11 Sept to 17 November.

“Shaped by Time”, Textile 21 group are exhibiting at Ordsall Hall from 1 Oct – 4 Feb 2018.


The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org
Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com
We now have Facebook pages for Bolton and NW Region. Please ‘like us’ to help publicise the Guild and our activities.

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com


Programme for following year


           September 19 -   AGM,         Registration, Molly’s   cup  and activity 
              October 17 -   Val Hughes     The Ann Boleyn Collection
              November 21 -  Marie Bellamy,  The wonder of books – Mixed   media
               December 5 -  Member’s Christmas Evening with activity and competition
               January 16  -  Rachel Nettles,  Cabbages and Nettles
               February 20  - Practical evening
               March 20 -   Bella May Leonard ,  Sculptured Stitch
               April 17 -  Liz Almond -  Carry on Stitching
               May 15 - Gill Robert -  The Corset Unlaced
               June 19 -  Hilary Naghash - Persian delights
               July 17  EGM and Summer meal at Ridgmont.

Saturday Workshops
Nov 18 – Nikki Parmenter - Fabulous Fish
March 17  - Sue Tyldesley - Creating with Wax
May 12– Colourcraft – Experiments with Colourcraft  products.

                 Stitchdays                                                                                                     Other Events
                 October    21                                                                                      January 20    Jacob’s Feast
                 February  24                                                                                       April 21  Regional Day, Leyland
                                                                                                                               June 16  Visit to Merseyside EG

       

Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer meal

I was invited but unable to attend this years meal, the first that I have missed since I introduced it many years ago. I am tolsd by three different members, that it was another lovely occassion.Brenda has sent me some photos


Shae also added a paragraph about the EGM and the next day sent me photos about the Butterfly bag.
Yes it was a very enjoyable evening as usual and the weather was kind to us again so that we could relax in the little courtyard outside first.
There has been some minor changes to the committee with Janet Mitchell moving from sales table to raffle and Linda Thornton
 taking over the library, also Karen Vaughan will run the sales table with the help of Debbie, otherwise all remains the same.
We have arranged to have the Day of Stitch in the arcade at Middlebrook leading up to the cinema for our work area and I have been busy making 
folk inspired stitched butterflies to attach to a fabric collage of a tree when I get to sort it. I have made a bag to hopefully inspire the branch members 
to come along and take part and have also made up some kits so that they can make the butterflies before hand and come along to attach them to the tree!
Here's hoping!





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June newsletter


Embroiderers’ Guild – Bolton Branch                     June  2017



News and Reminders

Saturday Stitch/Play day this Saturday 24th at Bank Top United Reform Church.  

Our next meeting will be our EGM and summer meal at Ridgemont on July 18th.  If you wish to go, the cost is £25; payment and menu choice to Clare please. There is no meeting in August.

Our new programme will start on September 19th with our AGM and Molly’s Cup Competition.  The title this year is “Feather Stitch and French Knots” - a piece of work using mainly these stitches.



We had a good response to our display of work at the recent Bolton Quilters Exhibition: lots of admiration and interest from visitors so hopefully we will have encouraged some of them to become EG members.  Congratulations to Jackie who won the visitors’ choice award with her “Circles” quilt.



Legacy Award

The NW Region has been left a legacy to provide a monetary award each year for 10 years to a member in the region who has been active in teaching members and/or YE groups. Each branch is invited to nominate a member; their names together with supporting evidence/ details will be forwarded to NW region to decide and a presentation is planned for the AGM in October.  We have distributed ballot papers this evening for you to choose the nominee from Bolton. Please complete before you leave.



There are several interesting exhibitions in the region over the next few months. Please see the noticeboard.   Some highlights are:



Nikki Parmenter who came to our meeting in March has an exhibition at the Silk Museum, Macclesfield to celebrate UK/India year of culture.  Her silk peacock will be on display, she brought some of the feathers she had made for it to show us when she visited.    17th June – 8th September.  She will be holding a workshop for us next year.



Gawthorpe’s Great Lady exhibition celebrates the life and work of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.  It includes photos and personal objects rarely on display. Until 5th November.



The Capability Brown Festival continues at Tatton Park till 30th July, work by Cheshire and Manchester EG members inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.   More CB Festival work from the northern regions at Farfield Mill, Sedburgh until 30 July under the banner  “Capability and Creativity”.



Ten Plus Textiles have exhibitions of contemporary art textiles at Salford Art Gallery, Peel Park, Salford M5 4WH until 5th Sept.  Open Tues to Fri and Sat & Sun afternoons. Free admission.  Also at Didsbury Parsonage, Didsbury M20 2RQ.  8 -30 July. Open daily.



Ann needs handmade cards for sending to members. Any you make and can donate, please pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith.  Items for the sales table to Janet.

If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter or noticeboard.  smtmadden@talktalk.net

The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org

Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com

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

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May workshop

Sandra Kendal was out tutor last Saturday. I went along to see if I could assist and caught up on all the gossip. Sandra brought along loads of samples, photos and notes for all members. She demonstrated a few ideas and then the members got going, Most had chosen to work on the hand dyed fabric that Sandra had brought along. They stitches were not complicated so there was quite a lot of relaxed chatter , but at the same time, their work grew quite quickly. Another demo and time for lunch.

It was possibly the hottest day of the year. The sun was beating down through the velux windows so there was a lot of furniture removals as we moved tables to avoid the sunshine. We were actually looking forward to the predicted rain.


The thunder and lightening arrived but was not very dramatic and neither did it ease the heat.
Members carried on, using another technique of stitching onto muslin. About 3.00pm we accepted defeat and began to pack away. Of course we had the usual show of our work and Sandra would love to see the finished pieces.




Saturday, May 20, 2017

May newsletter


Embroiderer’s Guild – Bolton Branch

May 2017



Our next workshop “Encrustations and Lichens” with Sandra Kendall is on 27th May at Bank Top United Reform Church. Some photos of her work to inspire you are on the noticeboard. Please give your name and payment to Clare if you wish to attend.  She also has a list of requirements for the day. 



Bolton Quilters exhibition is on the 10th June at Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest Rd, BL6 4EL, open from 10 – 4pm.  We will have a display of our work also so bring along your friends to show them what we can do.  Admission £2



     There are several interesting exhibitions in the region over the next few months:



      Calm during the Storm – a poignant exhibition of EG items from World Wars 1 and 2 until 30th June at the Central Art Gallery, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SG. 



Nikki Parmenter who came to our meeting in March has an exhibition at the Silk Museum, Macclesfield to celebrate UK/India year of culture.  Her silk peacock will be on display, she brought some of the feathers she had made for it to show us when she visited.    17th June – 8th September.



Threads Through Revelation – a display of fourteen textile panels showing Jacqui Parkinson’s interpretation of the last book of the Bible – Revelation.  At Chester Cathedral until 4th June.  Also in Chester till 2nd July is a National Open Textile Exhibition at Funky Aardvark, Bridge St Rows.



Further details of the above exhibitions are on the noticeboard.



Gawthorpe’s Great Lady exhibition celebrates the life and work of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth and tells the story of her commitment to social action, education and the arts.  It includes photos and personal objects rarely on display. Until 5th November.



The Capability Brown Festival continues at Tatton Park till 30th July, work by Cheshire and Manchester EG members inspired by the landscapes and gardens of Tatton.  Further details: www.events.tattonpark.org.uk.  



Ten Plus Textiles have an exhibition of contemporary art textiles at Salford Art Gallery, Peel Park, Salford M5 4WH until 5th Sept.  Open Tues to Fri and Sat & Sun afternoons. Free admission.





Ann needs handmade cards for sending to members. Any you make and can donate, please pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome.  Please see Judith.  Items for the sales table to Janet.

If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Jenny. (An ISBN would be helpful)

If you hear of any exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest to us, please let Sheelagh know and details can go on the newsletter or noticeboard.  smtmadden@talktalk.net

The Northwest blog address is www.info@nwregionembroiderers.org

Our blog: begstitchers.blogspot.com

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

Guild website:  www.embroiderersguild.com


Monday, May 15, 2017

April meeting


Bolton EG Meeting                25 April 2017





We had a quite a number of ‘show and tells’ this month including work from our three regional day prize winners – Marion, Carole and Barbara. Last month Eileen spoke about the tiny dresses and shawls knitted to dress stillborn babies before they are shown to their parents and this meeting she brought some tiny knitted teddies which are included in the memory boxes given to the parents.



Our last workshop was ‘Stitched Paper Collage’ with Marion and the designs and cards we all produced were on display.



Our speaker was Dionne Swift who is a textile artist and tutor from Holmfirth. She runs online workshops and also at the Janome Centre in Stockport and her work has been commissioned many times by interior designers.  For many years she worked with devor  velvet until it no longer was a challenge.  Now she works in a more painterly direction creating machine embroidered landscapes interpreted in stitch from her photographs and drawings.  She builds up multiple layers of thread in her landscapes as we could see from the examples of her work she brought to show to us.   She also brought samples of the huge variety of threads she uses, from fine to heavyweight. 



Currently she is the lead artist on a Military Wives project in Yorkshire called ‘Stitched Together’ - no singing in choirs this time, but coming together through stitch.
Shelagh