23 February 2020

3rd February 2020

We had a busy afternoon stitching. The members worked on their version of a stitch sampler.

This came about because we all enjoyed our previous ‘stitch corners’ where we shared an example of a stitch with each other and then practiced in the session. This time each member was given a stitch (or 2) to research at home and then produce a sample in different sizes and threads to show its possibilities.

During the afternoon members looked at each other’s samples and received help to master it themselves. There was much discussion about the format of the samplers...should it be a book, a design or other. There are 2 more sessions to go...so let’s see……..

7 January 2020

2nd December – Christmas Party

It was an enjoyable busy  day with a mini workshop and games as well as the usual buffet lunch.


A good mixture on the sweet table                                          Christmas Tree

Everyone say cheese!

Kathryn had organised an interesting game on a side table with homemade padded pouches duly numbered 1 to 12.  Hidden inside the pouches were 12 objects, sewing related; members felt the pouches and had to write down what they thought was hidden inside. Kathryn then read the answers.  Everyone really enjoyed this new game and commended Kathryn for the lovely colourful numbered padded pouches.

Feel the pouch and guess what is inside

Our “hands on” activity was Patricia’s mini workshop of tasselled fobs, useful as a key fob perhaps. We were handed small squares of plastic canvas and a huge basket with a variety of wool and embroidery silk threads to work our chosen designs.  Patricia had made samples to inspire us and suggest what could be done with our threads. It was a really a lovely item to work and we soon got many busy fingers around the large table and chatting away as usual.

The samples made by Patricia

Busy fingers!

Patricia giving a helping hand

Next item was Sue’s  Quiz that got passed around and it was different from previous ones we’ve had to scratch our heads over!  The questions centred on local Lancashire Town names.  One question had everyone laughing – what do you find at the rear of a male sheep?   -  “ Ramsbottom “   There was much laughter throughout the quiz even though everyone was still working on the plastic canvas project.

The end result - didn't we do well!

Members had a most enjoyable day and everyone left saying they were all looking forward to next year.  .

15 November 2019

Monday 4th November  

'My Life in Lace'  Talk by Dianne Derbyshire

Social time before the talk

Dianne makes many different types of lace including bobbin, needle, tatting and crochet.

A bobbin lace bowl

She has been making lace since the mid 1980s – taking her City and Guilds in lacemaking in the mid 1990s.  
She joined an international group, OIDFA and has been to many of their conventions in many different countries. 

France in 2012

She is also a member of local lace groups as well as the Lace Guild in England and the Australian Lace Guild.  She is a member of a local contemporary group – Textile Workshop and a national group - 98 Lace who are exhibiting their work at the K & S Shows in London and Harrogate this year.

A winning entry by Textile Workshop at the Lace Guild exhibition 'Discovery' 
held at Delapre Abbey, Northampton this year.   

98 Lace - One of two entries by Dianne in the Knitting and Stitching Show 2019.

Together with four friends she helped organised a lace project for the Millennium – CD2000, which took up four years of their lives.  They had pieces of lace from around the world, and the exhibition travelled around the country and abroad to USA and Australia.  They were also able to give a donation to Sight Savers International and ORBIS at the end of the undertaking. 

Lace mounted on a CD.

Dianne showed slides and brought pieces of her work and designs to see how it is done.   

Blue Mask

98 Lace exhibition 'Gateways'  2015
at Fenland Museum, Wisbech  and
Redditch Needle Museum.

Dianne was delighted by all the positive comments about her work from the members.  

Zentangles Workshop  Saturday 5th October  with Tutor Gail Marsh

We began with 5 deep breaths as we were considering Mindfulness. 
Gail provided each of us with a kit which made starting so much easier. The designs looked very complicated but with clear instructions we all produced a tile that was pleasing. 
We then added pencil shading to make parts stand out. Made all the difference. I managed 2 tiles that day. About the average though Pat went mad as you will see. The plan is that we can transpose some of our designs to stitch. Personally I think you would need to be far more competent with a machine than I am.    Val

             Lots of concentration
                                                                     Everyone busy at work

Samples of the work.  They look really good.

Here is an assortment of Zentangle images. The big group is what I did on the day at the class and immediately afterwards. The others are the ones I have done since over the last few weeks. I LOVE doing them and really enjoyed the workshop with Gail. I might not have fancied doing it had someone else been teaching it but I knew she would do an excellent job,   and she did!     Patricia

Patricia's   work

Here are some she made later  - lovely

14 October 2019

October 2019

Our October meeting had an earlier start so that members could complete their piece in the mini workshop - 'Rouleau Reinvented' with tutor Barbara Brown, who gave us an interesting talk about her apprenticeship in February. 

All we needed was our usual sewing equipment as everything else was provided.  Barbara also gave us sheets of information on ideas for using Rouleau in different ways. 

                       Here's one I made earlier                  Samples of fine rouleau

We were shown how to make Rouleau from wide to very narrow.  We were making a necklace so were going to use both widths.  The wide to hold large beads and the narrow for the ties at the back.  The trickiest part was turning the narrow fabric back once it had been sewn. 
                                       Two sample necklaces Barbara had brought 

   Barbara explaining what to do



Kathryn and Sue S at the cutting table

The group all busy at work on the project

Some other ideas from Barbara

A Christmas Wreath

                                                     An easy way to make this cushion

Here are some we made at the meeting

Thank you Barbara we all had an enjoyable and productive day.

9 September 2019

AGM - 2nd September

Table all set, ready for the meeting with our table fall taking centre stage

All sitting comfortably? Then we will begin.

Chair Kathryn, opens the meeting, assisted by Secretary Lesley and Treasurer Val.

The meeting was the usual format with minutes of the last AGM. a report about what we did during the last year – what a varied programme we had during 2018 – 19. 

The departure of two committee members and welcoming two new members Jacqui and Janet.

Our treasurer, Val said it was time to tighten our belts and make some economies.  

Sue, our programme secretary, went through the diary for the coming year 2019 - 20.  We have three Saturday workshops – 5th October ‘Zentangles’ drawing with Gail Marsh – will members be able to design some stunning pieces of work afterwards?  4th April – Stitched Landscapes with Janet Browne and 13th July ‘Beautiful Batik’  with Tori Riley.  
This year members will be able to start their Stitch Journals.  We were all given homework to do during the summer, the first stitch for our journal – every member was given a different stitch to do.

 One stitch sample worked during the summer.  Was this a knotty problem?

Before  leaving we were reminded that the October workshop ‘Rouleau  Reinvented’ starts at 1pm

It was an enjoyable, friendly meeting where we all met together again after the summer break to swap stories and to seek advice on stitch problems.    

7 July 2019

1st July

Our Summer meeting was a friendly social event as usual.  We had a buffet lunch followed by LOTS of strawberries with Kathryn’s famous vanilla cream there were also scones with cream and a strawberry on top. 

After lunch we had the group notices and we given homework for the summer holidays – Sue, our Programme Secretary gave us all a different stitch we had to do for our Stitch Book Project this coming year. 

Fiona brought a stitch book she had made some time ago to show us what she had made.  It was lovely, one page has the stitch done in various sorts of threads and on the facing page a design she had made with that stitch.  

                                                                      Fiona's Stitch book

We were all given a different stitch.  I had not heard of mine – Sheaf stitch - I have since found out what it is like.   

Every July we have a competition / exhibition the theme this year was  'Japanese Garden' for the Bell Trophy.  We all vote for our favourite piece.  Pam's work got the most votes this year.  Kathryn presented her with the crystal Bell Trophy. 

 Pam with her winning piece and Bell Trophy

It was then the turn of Pat who told us all about how she spent the bursary she won.  Sounds as if she spent the money many times over!  
Pat was interested in recessing her work – mounting it in a deeper frame, so that it looked 3D.  She showed us lots of drawings she had done and quite a number of examples.  She had been to Lithuania and Latvia on holiday looking at architecture and textiles and came back with lots of ideas.

Pat with some of the samples and pieces she had made

 Next came Fiona who thanked the group for her bursary and said how important it was that small groups encouraged their members to experiment and try new ideas.  Fiona had spent the money on the cabinet she fitted out inside to hold all the tiny pairs of boots and shoes she had made.  They were beautiful creations all named after flowers and trees - blue bell, holly, snapdragon, snowdrop, lavender ......  They were all going to go to be a present for one of her grand daughters.


Time flies when you are having fun – we were so engrossed with listening to our bursary members there wasn’t time to do our stitch project – it will have to wait for another occasion.