Tuesday, 30 June 2009


Sue Chisnall, originally from Southampton, moved to Leyland 20 years ago and joined the branch 5 years ago.  
She joined the committee a year later and then took over as I.T/Publicity co-ordinator in 2006.
In 2007 she took up the position of joint Chairman with Tracey Ramsey who was then Secretary, and they have become a good working team.  As they say “a shared load……….” and for our branch it seems to be working well.

Having started to stitch when she was about 7 years old, Sue has just  completed her City & Guilds Embroidery & Textile Design course at Preston College and we can now show some of her work which is on display at the college exhibition until the 9th of July.

Sue says “Doing the course over the last five years has improved and developed my work, which has given me a new direction in life and been extremely fulfilling”
Unfortunately Preston College will be discontinuing this course after the current students complete,  as seems to be happening all over the country.  
3 of Sue’s pieces are shown below - all based on her research into ‘Atmosphere’ 

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A box book cover  - inspired by a visit to Varanasi in India - the main spiritual centre for cremations.

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A functional 3D piece – a parasol based on the melting of the ice caps.

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The sculpture – one metre long piece ( close up of a section) – based on motion and movement is called ‘Blow wind blow’.

Well done Sue – some lovely work – do go and see it if you can.

Sue, together with 2 other members of our Branch Pat Bean and Carolyn Percy, who have also taken the course, is hoping to form an exhibiting group of 9 of the students from Preston College.  They will be called ‘Natural Progression’ and I hope to show more of their work at a later stage.


Monday, 22 June 2009


After all your hard work for our AGM last year, when you completed 79 squares, we do not expect a huge quantity of squares this year. 
However the completed squares are arriving at meetings thick and fast and we do  need to have all of this years’ squares returned to our next branch meeting on July 11th so that they can be taken to Summer School for handing over to the Regional committee.

All of the squares from all branches taking part in our Region will then be on display at the Manchester Central Stitch and Crafts Show at the beginning of September, so do go along and look for yours!!

A few of the latest ones received including some wonderful creepy crawlies – didn’t get names for these (pics – not the crawlies!!) – many apologies but hope you recognise some of them.



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I know this one is mine but the colour reproduction is NOT GOOD!

Monday, 8 June 2009


"Goldwork for beginners" with Golden Hinde.

The workshop will provide an introduction to several goldwork techniques.
These will then be used in a small, sample design.
Goldwork supplies will be available for sale.

Please book in advance for workshops at the monthly meetings. A requirements list will then be provided.

Friday, 5 June 2009


at the Platform Gallery, Station Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2JT (next to Booths supermarket with restricted parking) or pay and display parking nearby -  from 27th June to 18th July.

Three  of our members – Pat Fisher, Sandra Kedzlie and Margaret Walton, belong to the ‘Preston Threads’  group - a Lancashire based exhibiting group of 11 members, who will be showing a collection of new work based on Botanical themes  at the Gallery.
Topics chosen include mushrooms, onions, pomegranates, trees, leaves, grasses, flowers, gardens and seaside plants.
Their work will be on show as part of a larger exhibition by artists from around the UK – all following the Botanical Garden theme. 

A sneak preview of some of the pieces by our branch members are shown below -

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Drawing by Pat Fisher of Lilies with one of her framed hand stitches cut work pieces in silk.

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‘Falling Leaves’ panel and a close up of the piece based on the Red Maple by Sandra Kedzlie.

Two ‘Leaf Panels’ hung from Perspex frames – to be displayed in a window by Margaret Walton.

Opening times are from Monday to Saturday from 10a.m to 4.30p.m.  Admission free.  For any further details contact the Gallery on 01200 443071 or their website……… www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/platformgallery

Wednesday, 3 June 2009


Three of our members will have work in the City & Guilds Embroidery & Textile Design exhibition to be held at Preston College - Sue Chisnall, Pat Bean and Caroline Percy and later we hope to feature some of their work in an article with photographs.

However for now I have just received the following notification of a correction to dates in the Stitch, Embroidery and Workbox magazines - dates now start Thursday 25 June and most of  the exhibition ends on 2 July, but the Embroidery & Textile Design
C & G exhibition can still be seen up to Thursday 9 July.  You will however have to ask at reception for the room to be unlocked after 2 July.
Venue Preston College, Park Campus, Moor Park Avenue, Preston PR1 6AS    Telephone. 01772 225000.
Free parking available. No entrance fee.