Thursday, 25 October 2012


A Linus Day is to be held at Sticky Fingers in Coppull from 10a.m to 4p.m.
You can go along to the workshops and help make small quilts for children while having a good time with friends.

All fabrics will be provided – you just need to take your usual sewing equipment and a packed lunch

Please book your place in advance either in the shop or by phoning 01257 794468.


An apology -  I showed  Kay Kellaway’s piece of work in the Blog entry for  24th August and attributed the work to Pat Bean.

Very sorry about this, but I would appreciate a small name tag on all pieces of work brought in for display – I saw both Kay and Pat handling this piece, but I really should have checked with them before publishing.  Please forgive – I will try to be a better girl!!

Sunday, 21 October 2012


The Committee have agreed to organise an exhibition of members work from 11th June to 22nd June at ‘The Art House Gallery’ on Eastbank Street, Southport.

The  theme will be “SCAPES” and can include – Landscapes, Seascapes, Skyscapes, Townscapes and any others you can think of.

One of my photographs - taken recently looking across to the pier at Southport on a wet and windy evening – very atmospheric and a wonderful subject for a skyscape or should it be sunset-scape!!! As usual you get a very good view of the rain falling!!


And another – taken last week looking from my bedroom window – WOW!!!!!


SO get those creative juices flowing to create something for this Branch exhibition.
The last one in 2005 was based on Rufford Old Hall and we were amazed at the amount of wonderful work produced so do have a go –we know you can.

More details and deadlines will be announced in the new year.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Painting with Brusho and Marbling on Shaving Foam–Saturday 13th October.

Sue Chisnall and Caroline had us working flat out all afternoon to produce wonderful pieces of decorated papers and fabrics – to be used in 2 further Hands-on sessions later in our programme.

A very different way of producing marbled fabrics and papers and much quicker and easier than boiling up Carageen moss, waiting for it to cool and set before getting to work.

This method does not produce such crisp results as the traditional method of marbling but for quick backgrounds it is ideal.

I was supposed to photograph you all at work but got so engrossed in what I was doing, I just did not have the time, so you will have to put up with my efforts.

Fabric print.

Print on paper.

My grandaughter came with me and we found the best results for marbling were by taking the first print onto fabric and a second could be made onto paper, which lifted with it a lot of the foam, so gave different results.

We moved on to painting with Brusho powders and putting a piece of paper under the fabric when painting, gave us a bonus painted paper.

Fabric painted with Brusho and while still wet, some contrasting dry Brusho powder was sprinkled on top to create interesting effects.

The paper print was very effective as the wrinkles in the paper created further patterning -


Everyone was delighted with their results so we now look forward to the next session when we start to stitch.

Thanks to Sue and Caroline.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

November 3rd –10a.m to 4p.m Workshop with Lizzie Wall- Appliqué Owl

The aim of the day workshop is to produce a quilted wall hanging depicting an owl, which is made by appliquéing cut out pieces of fabric to a base ground using bondaweb, and machine/hand stitch to fix.
The cost of the workshop will be £25 for EG members & £30 for non members; this will include all fabrics, bondaweb & design material.

You will only have to bring a pencil, small sharp scissors which can be used to cut fabric & through paper as well.
If using a sewing machine, which must have a darning or free machinery foot, please bring suitable threads (variegated would be great) & if hand stitching bring suitable hand threads & needles.

If you wish to attend please contact Sue Chisnall or book at the October 13th meeting.

owl lizzie wall.jpg

Saturday, 6 October 2012


Mary had a Little Lamb

Its Fleece was WHITE as snow………..

Internet image……………

Monday, 1 October 2012


This meeting will be led by Sue Chisnall when we will be exploring ‘The Wonders of Brusho’ and ‘Marbling with Foam’.

This will be one of three Hands-On sessions, in which you will colour cotton fabric with a selection of colours using Brusho, and marble patterns onto cotton fabric/paper using acrylic paints & shaving foam.

The coloured/patterned fabrics will be used in further sessions as backgrounds for simple stitch & finally a made piece  eg: bag or book cover etc.

Requirements for the day -

Cotton fabric – 2 pieces of pre-washed plain white cotton fabric approx. 16”x12”.
Cotton fabric – 2 x  A4 pieces of pre-washed plain white cotton fabric.
4small plastic bags to take work home as fabric may be wet.
Rubber/plastic gloves (optional)
Apron or old clothes.
Old used credit card for scraping.