Thursday, 29 April 2010


Just over a week to go and all the hard work will hopefully pay off.

We have arranged some really good displays based on the Northern Industrial Heritage theme that we have been following for the last year – these will include work on Weaving, Wakes Week Postcards, Canal Barge Painting and Coal Mining so there should be something for everyone, including husbands!
There will also be a general display of members work completed over the last few years.
We will have demonstrations throughout the day which will include Weaving; Knotting and Canal Painting.

Tombola and General Raffle to include – the Colour Raffle that we normally have at our monthly meeting , which will be a giant basket of fabrics, threads, beads etc. following a colour theme.

Sales tables from -
Sticky Fingers with paints and papers.
Marshside Quilts and Crafts with a variety of patchwork fabrics, embroidery kits, fancy buttons and other embellishments.
A bead stall and a branch stall which will include variety packs of fabrics and threads.

AND there will be refreshments made by our own catering team which will include a variety of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and drinks.

We will be open  10.30a.m to 4p.m.  Entry fee £1 with easy disabled access. 
The village hall is situated at the end of the village opposite the Library and for those of you with SatNav our post code is WN8 7DN .

We look forward to seeing you.

AND FINALLY – The Photograph Album is at last completed and will be on show so do make a point of looking for that – lovely samples of work on the cover and some great photographs.



Thursday, 15 April 2010


Or should it be ‘Breaking News’ as the latest expression goes   – can anybody explain why, what or how it is breaking.  Sorry but what is wrong with ‘Latest’??

The Exhibition by our new group ‘Natural Progression’  at Drumcroon Gallery , Wigan will be holding a private view evening from 6.30p.m on the 19th April.  You are all most welcome to attend.
Members of the group have heard a whisper that Alice Kettle might be attending to visit the main exhibition which includes work by one of her friends.   Hope she finds a minute or two to visit our group!!
Unfortunately I can’t be there as I should be in Amsterdam for a week – volcanic eruptions not withstanding. 
So just think of me on Friday 16th stuck at the airport, not knowing when or if I can go.  If you hear from me before the 23rd you will know I didn’t get there – hey ho – the best laid plans and all that!!


On Saturday 10th we were given a fascinating illustrated talk by Caroline Alexander, keeper of costume and textiles at the Harris Museum in Preston.
She talked about the audit by the museum of their collection of textiles and costume and their current exhibition –“Embellished: The Art of Fabulous Fabrics” which is on until November this year (possibly April 2011)

This exhibition shows a vast range of items, some of which have not been seen for many years including Horrocks’ Fashion dresses.  Made by a local firm whose heyday was in the 1950’s, the dresses are made from high quality cotton renowned for the striking floral patterns.

The musuem has been going through every item in their collection, noting the condition and details, photographing and re-packing – there are 6000+ items!
The team have been assisted by a group of skilled volunteers, many of whom come from local branches of the Guild.

Caroline would be very happy to organise tour visits for groups and is of course always looking for volunteers.

Think this exhibition is a must for 2010.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


Some completed pieces of felt from our workshop day with Sheila Smith, were on show at our April meeting.
Where do these people find the time – mine are still awaiting attention!!!

The lovely flower pieces shown below are by Sue Tyldesley, Sue Chisnall and Tracey Ramsey –  well done girls.
I know Sheila sometimes reads our blog so I do hope she sees these lovely pieces.  I must find some time to get on with mine!!

image Sue Tyldesley

Whilst showing Sue T’s work I must apologise for leaving her off the list of ‘One Step On’ members, so do go along to see more of her work at Aintree.

image Tracey Ramsey

image Sue Chisnall


As most of you will know I am making a cover for our photograph album, which will be on display at our Open Day on May 8th, and on Saturday last I took all the contributions to the meeting for identification.
3 people were obviously not there and I would like to know who the makers of the following three pieces are so that your names can be included in the album.
A quick e.mail or phone call will do.  Of course if it belongs to someone without a computer, but you recognise it as the work of a friend please let me know.      Many thanks – in anticipation!




Thursday, 1 April 2010


We now have 10 members who belong to local exhibiting groups and they all have exhibitions coming up in April – as follows -

A new group formed by  students from Preston College who completed their C&G last year – including our members Pat Bean, Sue Chisnall, Caroline Percy and Tracey Ramsey. 
We wish them well as this will be their first exhibition entitled ‘ECHOES OF NATURE’ - on display from 19th April to 22nd June at the Drumcroon Gallery, Parsons Walk, Wigan – open Monday to Friday.  For more details 01942 321840.

This group has been established for several years now and includes our members Sue Abbot, Karen Hurrell, Sandie Meher and Monica Selway.  
Their exhibition is entitled ‘A STITCH IN TIME’  and can be seen at the ‘Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts’ show (stand ZB21) at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool from 23rd to 25th April. Open 9.30 to 5.30 (5p.m on Sunday).

Another group, established 21 years ago, will also be exhibiting at Aintree (Stand ZA19) with an exhibit entitled ‘THREADS OF COLOUR’ which includes pieces by Pat Fisher and Sandra Kedzlie.
I will be there on Sunday – hope to see some of you then.

Do go along and give your support to the members who will be showing their work at these venues, especially the new group ‘Natural Progression’ as it is always quite a daunting task launching a first exhibition.

April meeting – Saturday 10th

A talk by Caroline Jordan “Behind the Scenes”.  Caroline works for the Harris Musuem in Preston and will be talking about their current exhibition - ‘EMBELLISHED: THE ART OF FABULOUS FABRICS’ which will be on show until November.

The exhibition brings together some of the finest examples of embroidery, printing and weaving in their collection.
Open Monday and Wednesday to Saturday 10a.m to 5p.m; Tuesdays 11a.m to 5p.m.
For more information go to:  
or phone 01772 258248

REMINDER TO COMMITTEE – that we also have a committee meeting in the morning.


The Comensal Shrimp – includes the colours – lilac, royal blue, pink/red and translucent white.