Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Workshop on Darning Stitch

At the beginning of September we had a workshop with Patricia Barrett on Darning Stitch. This was a very relaxing and enjoyable day. Pat was extremely generous with her time, her expertise and materials. So far I only have one photograph of a finished piece and that is mine so I won’t show it just yet.

I am starting with some of the lovely pieces that Pat has created and then show you some work in progress by the members who attended the workshop.

Pat’s work
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pat2       pb3
pat7       pat8
Pat also gives a very good talk entitled ‘From Aden to Zanzibar’
I think that might give a clue as to where some of her inspiration comes from.

Members’ ‘Work in Progress’
       pb-wkshp3                  pb-wkshp4
   pb-wkshp8      pb-wkshp9
  pb-wkshp10         pb-wkshp11
   pb-wkshp12      pb-wkshp13

Monday, August 8, 2011

August Exhibitions

No meetings in August. First Branch Meeting in September is the Branch AGM

Two exhibitions during August for you to visit if you are in the Lytham St Annes Area.

The first one is Blackpool Art Society at the Gallery at Booths Supermarket. Members of Blackpool Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild are also members of the Art Society and as such will be exhibiting some of their work too.

The second exhibition is a joint two and a half day exhibition at the Assembly Rooms. This is the first time that Blackpool and Lytham St Annes Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild have joined together to exhibit their work. (Actually that is not strictly true we did put on a joint one day exhibition at the North West Regional Day in April but that was a members only day). This one is for the public.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

July 2011

Our first meeting in July was our annual Strawberry Fair. This year we invited Wyn Ingham as our guest. Wyn has been setting us some challenges this year and we thought it would be nice to meet her, for her to meet us and for her to see how we had got on with the challenges. Wyn is an absolute delight. If she lived any nearer we would have to ‘press gang’ her into becoming one of our members. She made some really lovely complimentary and constructive comments about our pieces and then set us our next challenge.

The first challenge was a ‘ring wrap’ ( for a ring box) in the style of Faberge or Cloisonné. These were fun and once we had set a deadline for them and presented them at one of our meetings so see how we were all progressing we then moved on to our second challenge of making a ‘book wrap/ cover’. This was to reflect the contents of the book. As the branch chairman I was delighted that we had such a nice selection and variation to show to Wyn when she came. My thanks also to Seonaid, our Programme Secretary, for organising the challenges with Wyn.

Some of the book covers are work in progress.

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fair12 fair13
fair18 fair19

You have seen the ring wraps already but as they were out on show for Wyn and I had to photograph them again – you might as well have another look at them!

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fair4 fair7
The Strawberry tea was a really successful evening. It was well attended and there was a lovely spread of edible goodies. My thanks to everyone involved in making the evening such a success and to all those who attended.

Our second meeting in July was with Norma Hopkins and Terri Jones. They are both members of Textile 21. Norma was the main speaker and Terri also made a contribution to the evening. They were able to describe several approaches to designing and showed some examples of their work using the digital projector and samples for us to look at afterwards.

You can read more about Norma and Terri at this link

June 2011

At the beginning of June we had a workshop with Linda Westerman on 3D images. Although the workshop was poorly attended it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Linda has a lot of patience and is an inspiring teacher. We all did something quite different to each other as I sure these images will illustrate.




Our practical evening was insertion stitches. Seonaid had set up some cards ready and a sheet of instructions for us to work on this technique. We didn’t get going on them straight away as we had a lot to discuss re- forthcoming exhibitions (more of these in future posts).

Our speaker in June was Hilary Nagashi. She took us on a journey around Iran using a digital projector. She brought some lovely examples of embroidery to show us and really gave us a good insight into her life as a member of an Iranian family.

We thoroughly enjoyed Hilary’s talk and drooled over the amazing collection of embroidered items that she brought with her.  Sadly I didn’t have my camera with me so I don’t have any photographs to show.

May 2011

In May our speaker was Sue Lancaster. Sadly I missed the meeting as I was away on holiday in Scotland. I have it on good authority that evening went well and that Sue was very interesting.  You can read more about Sue at this link.

There was no second meeting in may as it was Bank Holiday.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

April 2011 and Regional Day!

The month started with a Saturday Open Day. Unfortunately with all the preparations for Regional Day we omitted to advertise this event so we had very few members attending.  However that did not stop us from enjoying the day.

Marge brought an array of braiding materials and examples, small kits and instructions. We had the embellisher available for anyone to try out and also the latest acquisition to our branch equipment – the Ashford Knitters’ Loom. 

  loom1   weaving
    Seonaid going great guns on the ‘Knitters’ Loom.

  marudais braiding
Marge’s Braiding equipment.  She also had a lot of information with her in a box of files.

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Experimenting with the Embellisher and some embellished samples.

A couple of drop spindles. The largest one is a Navajo Spindle.


REGIONAL DAY – APRIL 16th!!!  Finally it arrived.
Actually in all kicked off on the Friday from about 4pm onwards as we entered the building and began setting things out in readiness for the BIG DAY!!

The day all went to plan and from the comments that we received afterwards and as members left at the end of the day a good time had been had by all.  We were joint hosts of the event with Lytham St Annes Branch.  The following images are of the pieces from the joint exhibition.  I am not including the competition entries as there are too many people belonging to other branches around the regions whose permission I might need first in order to show their work.    


The organising committee all went out for a well deserved meal that evening.   It was so nice to be able to relax knowing that the day had been a success and it was all over!!!