Monday, 29 August 2011


Our September meeting will be the first of our new financial year when our subscriptions are renewed. 
Our Secretary, Carole Sams has renewal forms and if you cannot attend this months meeting you can send your membership directly to her.  Contact her at

This year we have had to increase our fees due to increases to HQ; tutor fees and travel, and general running costs,  as follows – the annual fee will be £32 for members; £10 for Associate members (belonging to another branch as their main branch) and Life and Friend members of the Guild.
Monthly entry fee will be £3 and £5 for visitors who will be able to attend for up to 3 meetings a year.

The new year’s programme will be posted on our Guild webpage as soon as I can get it done and printed programmes will be available at the September meeting.

We start a new COLOUR RAFFLE THEME for the year this month, which will be BIRTH STONES – September being SAPPHIRE.



Our short workshop in June was the starting point for a set of ‘postcards’ based on the culture, art, architecture, flora and fauna of that country and already we have a few completed cards some of which are shown below.  Sorry I can’t put names to pictures for all of them at the moment.

parbold plus 011The National flag.

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National flower

parbold plus 009Costume design.

parbold plus 008Costume design

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A wine country!

Taking goods to market?

Map of Serbia

We need to have completed our strip of cards for display at the National AGM in Southport next March, so a while yet to complete the set – 7 down a few more to go.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

SPECIAL EVENT–Tuesday 16th August

Kathleen Slinger, our longest serving member is holding an exhibition of her embroidery work, at the Tarleton Cricket Club, Carr Lane on the 16th at 2.30p.m.

It will be well worth the visit as Kathleen is a very talented lady – she studied for her City & Guilds embroidery in 1949 in Manchester and joined the Embroiderers’ Guild in spring 1950 so is certainly our oldest member (in the best possible sense) spanning 61 years of dedication to the Guild.

She is expert in many techniques especially gold work but she does seem to be able to cope with most things including some of the modern things we introduce at our monthly meetings, as well as patchwork and quilting – a true craftswoman, so do come along and see how her work has developed over the years. 

There will be afternoon tea and an entry fee of £3 will be donated to the Marie Curie Cancer charity.

(How to get there – At the traffic light junction on the A565/A59 follow the signs into the village as far as the square – you will see the Library and a Pub straight ahead, immediately turn left into Gorse Lane and Carr Lane is second turning on the right – Cricket Club is on the left quite a long way down).   Hope I don’t lose too many of you!!
Look forward to seeing you all.

Monday, 1 August 2011

AUGUST MEETING–Saturday 13th

This month will start with our EGM when we nominate new members for vacant post on the committee – we are always looking for volunteers so please come along and support us.

This will be followed by a talk and display of the Chester Ps and Qs Suitcase Collection of quilts, given by our own member Karen Hurrell.

I know several members will be on holiday but I am hoping that those who can, will bring in finished or ‘ongoing’ work from both the Hands-on Day in July and any items made from the dyed fabrics and threads that were produced in June.
Also - 3 or 4 members attended summer school at Alston so it would be nice to see what they produced too (hint, hint!!).

IF anything turns up I will photograph and include in the blog over the next few weeks.

THE COLOUR RAFFLE THIS MONTH IS GOLD though I must admit this picture does not look very ‘glittery’ to me – anyway I’m sure you will know what to bring ‘anything that glitters in the yellowish variety’!


DON’T FORGET the Natural Progression exhibition starts this week at Mere Sands Woods – see previous entry.