26 April 2016

North West Regional Day - Saturday 23rd April 2016

Congratulations to Bolton Branch who hosted the Regional Day last Saturday.  Everyone had worked so hard to make it a big success.  The venue, Haigh Hall, is in a stunning spot high on the hills above Wigan. We were treated to a great display of work by Bolton Branch members, including some superb "travelling books".
I was particularly impressed by their beautiful "ceremonial" table fall (top left),
which reminded me that Pendle needs to finish their own!

There were demonstrations, and traders to keep our purses busy, and more beautiful work to admire in the displays for the Coats Anchor Competition and the Rose Bowl competition.  This year the theme of the Rose Bowl was Under the Sea which resulted in some stunning interpretations.
"Under the Sea" entries - the amazing creation (left) by Sandra Kendall of  North Lonsdale Branch
was the well-deserved winner.

There was also a delightful display of work by the Wirral Young Embroiderers.  

After a magnificent buffet lunch we were entertained by a talk by JuliaTriston, author of books including "Contemporary Applique" and "How to be Creative in Textiles".  She is also the creator of the Bra-ra dress.  She sewed it on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square using bras donated by many different celebrities.  We also got a glimpse of her "knicker bunting"!

Altogether an enjoyable day - well done Bolton! J.

7 April 2016

A busy meeting

Last Monday was a very busy meeting.  In addition to our usual good attendance of members, we had a visit from our North West Area Representative - her first time at our new venue; she was very impressed with the lovely hall and pretty village.  We also welcomed four visitors, three of whom came after seeing us at the Higham Easter Exhibition.  Then, best of all, we welcomed two new paid-up members, Jenny and Sue!

We started with a committee meeting to consider the Exhibition and discuss the plans for two events we are involved in at Gawthorpe Hall later this year; the Capability Brown Exhibition and three drop-in sewing sessions to be held in the beautiful Library of the Hall.  More events to raise our profile and that of the Guild as a whole!

Our speaker had unfortunately had to pull out, but all was not lost as Val, a member as well as being the North West Region Chairman, stepped in with an illustrated talk about the Guild's collection of embroidery.   Well, the talk was there but unfortunately the technology in the hall was not compatible with her laptop so we could not use their large screen t.v., so after much trial and error she was forced to present the pictures from her laptop.  Poor Val, it was her first presentation of this talk and understandably nervous, but she was among friends and we all found it interesting and at least some of those in the front row had a good view of the lovely work.  Despite these problems several people commented afterwards what a lovely afternoon it had been, so all was well.

There was a lot of interest in a Book Auction  - two of us had brought craft related books in to sell and labelled each with a slip giving the name and guide price.  If you were outbid you could bid again (there was competition for a couple of them!) - by this means we raised £50 for our Branch funds and I think it will become a fixture, perhaps three times a year.  Like Louise and me, I am sure there are others whose bookshelves are groaning with embroidery books!  J