Sunday, May 24, 2015

May Meeting

At our meeting on 11 May we continued with our work on raised stitches. We have now established quite a library of stitches and it will be interesting to see these appearing in our future work.

Members competitions are coming up in July and if you have not received entry details yet please ask at the next meeting.

The Marge Quinn Award is open to our newer members and the Chairmans Award for more established stitchers.

Please consider putting in an entry and lets make it a bumper year with lots of new work!

Treasure Trove Project

"Only in Blackpool"

This project is now reaching its exciting conclusion and we are looking forward to seeing the final result.  This picture was taken at our last session and is a mini version of some of our ideas for final content of our pop up museum.  You can read all the details here:

If you are interested in contributing to the stitch element of  the display we are intending to display postcard sized bunting depicting Blackpool Tower as part of the exhibit and all contributions are welcome - more details of size and specifications  at our June meeting if you have not already received them.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Barrett Counterpane

For our last meeting in April we were delighted to welcome back Julian Abraham to talk about his work researching the Barrett Counterpane.
Last time Julian came many members missed his talk due to holidays, so for some it was their first chance to discover this work and for others a pleasure to catch up with more recent research.
The counterpane  is housed at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal  where it is currently on display.

Julian is a researcher, writer and freelance curator and has been associated with the Tapestry Centre for some years. 

His talk brought us up to date with research on the individual embroidered squares making up the counterpane. Each square carries the name of the maker, and he has successfully traced the family connections and relationships of most of the participants.  The talk was a fascinating combination of needlework and social history.  

The current exhibition at the Museum might be of interest if you are in the area - Money, Shoes and Chocolate!
More details here: