Thursday, 26 February 2009


At our AGM last September the outgoing Chairman set a challenge for members entitled ‘Reuse, Renew, Recycle’.  There were two categories = one for experienced members and one for newcomers or beginners.

There were a total of 15 entries for the competition and as you will see from the photographs, the winning piece by Monica Selway was a lovely little woven basket which included drinks can pull rings and paperclips – very innovative. 
Monica received a book token and an original old copy of the Therese de Dillmont Embroidery book which she will keep for a year and which was given to the Branch.  This will be the perpetual prize given to the winning member, each time this competition is organised in future.

         Monica Monicas_Basket

The prize for best newcomer was awarded to Angela MClarnon for her felt bag made from an old jumper and shirt belonging to her husband (we hope he knew about it!)  Angela also received a book token as her prize and she can be seen (left) in the photo below ‘rummaging through the bag – as women do’ with the outgoing Chairman -  can’t remember what we were looking for!

      Rummaging in her handbag!!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009


Hello and Welcome to the new BLOG pages of the Parbold Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild.

The branch was formed in 1996 and we have retained a membership of around 45 very active members who would like to share with you some of the activities that we do.

Our Branch was very pleased to be asked to launch the 'Rainbow Squares' project for the North West Region of the Guild and members, along with some of the regional committee completed 116 squares.

The Branch designs were based on 'Wild Flowers' and the regional committee members concentrated on stitch techniques, all of which were displayed at the Regional AGM in October 2008. Some of the squares are shown below.

We were told that this had encouraged more branches to add their names to those who had already agreed to take part, and we are now working on green squares for the 2009 displays, the first of which will be at Manchester Central (the old G-Mex) at the beginning of September. Our theme for this year is the 'Rain Forest'