10 November 2018

Jacke Cardy was the speaker at our November meeting,  The subject of her talk was 'The Accidental Felter'.

Jackie began as an embroiderer and it was only by accident when adding small areas of felt to her work that she realised how much she enjoyed making it.   She enjoys all the machine embroidery and calls it drawing with her sewing machine.  

Explaining how she worked and early piece of work

Some of her early work stitched on a ground of silk paper.  

small bags - some of her early work

Jackie went on holiday to the west coast of Clare in Ireland and was inspired by the peace she found there as well as all the beautiful range of colours.  Looking at the landscape she thought of the words from W B Yates - 'Peace comes dropping slow'  from the poem  'The Isle of Innisfree.  

She also explained her more recent work and the layers that went into producing the pieces.

What a wonderful array of beautiful work.   We were all inspired to do wonderful things.   

29 October 2018

Monday 5th November

The Accidental Felter

A talk 
by Jackie Cardy

1st October

Beaded French Knitting

Ally explaining what to do.

Threading the beads onto chosen thread.

Busy hands making the cord

Members all busy working

Some of the different cords and what can be done with them.

27 August 2018

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting of Pendle Embroiderers’ Guild

will be held at

Higham Village Hall, Higham Hall Road, HIGHAM, BB12 9EU
Monday 3rd September 2018 at 2 p.m.

All members should have received a copy of the minutes of the 2017 AGM
   and the Agenda for the above meeting on 3rd September.  

6 July 2018

Monday 2nd July

Our Summer Social was as popular as always.  We had a buffet lunch organised by Jenny with salad, sandwiches, pie, quiches etc with Strawberries and vanilla cream (made by Kathryn) to follow.

After lunch Val gave a very interesting talk on her holiday on the Silk Road in Uzbekistan. We saw some wonderful designs on the buildings as well as an interesting selection of textiles.  Val brought some of her buys for us to see.

The Bell trophy annual competition was held - the theme this year was  ‘Fossils’.  Members voted for their favourite pieces – the worthy winner Pam, was presented with her crystal bell by Sue (chairman).  

Well done Pam!

Our final event of the day was the alternative raffle organised by Kathryn. Everyone gets their prize in turn and opens it in front of us all.  As it goes along if you like a previous prize more than yours you can exchange your prize for your choice.  The later your number is chosen the more you have to choose from.

Look at my prize.

The bunting for our guild had to be re done as we changed our name some time ago from 'Padiham and District'  Embroiderers' Guild to 'Pendle'.  Sue T took letters from our old bunting and made a new one here she is with Joan who was our super secretary of the group for may years.  

All having a pleasant afternoon.

7 June 2018

4th June

One of our talented members Carole, gave a workshop for members on 'Shisha Mirror Work'.  

We were given a piece of calico and had to stitch round a circle of mirror making sure it could not escape from the stitches.  

After learning how to secure our pieces if mirror we were supposed to make a Shisha brooch during the workshop but we seemed to do more talking than sewing.  Can that be possible?  Plus we had a new 2 / 3 weeks old new member come to visit so she rather took our minds off the sewing.

A selection of brooches, pincushions as inspiration.

An idea for a brooch 

A decoration on the lid of a small circular box

Some members busy sewing.  It was a lovely sunny day even though two people decided to wear a coat!

Thank you Carole,we had a lovely, enjoyable afternoon.  

31 May 2018

14th May

Elizabeth J Wall (Lizzie), a textile artist who specialises in applique and embroidery was our guest speaker at our May meeting the title of her talk ‘My Quilts and Other Animals’.    What a wonderful afternoon it was.  We were spellbound looking all the wonderful work she had brought and not only the colour of the fabrics but all the beautiful patterns and textures. 

Two of her owls

Love this hen

She has ranges when she is inspired by various animals – hens, ducks, owls, hares tress etc……. 
Lizzie has also trained as a teacher for dyslexia which she says is so good for combining her textile art with her specialist teaching work.   

The Allerton Oak

She does commissions and she showed us the banner from South Ribble National Union of Teachers which she made with the tree of knowledge in the centre.  In 2008 she made the Allerton Oak in Liverpool and she has made a set of chasubles for St Giles church in Aintree – what wonderful colours she uses. 

Two of the chasubles

The quilts are made using a simple layering technique, using bondaweb to hold down the pieces.  All the design is in place before she starts to stitch.  This is called raw edge applique. 

Lizzie will be coming back to do a day workshop with the group later in the year.  It will be a difficult job choosing which of her designs to use.