Friday, 31 October 2014

8th NOVEMBER– starts at 12noon with a SIT AND STITCH session

Our first Sit & Stitch session for this year, to be run by Carole Sams will be based on CHAIN STITCH and its variations. 
Some members may have already started a Sampler
so - for those doing the Chain Stitch samples please either bring your ‘sampler’ to add to, or some cotton fabric for practising the stitches; an embroidery hoop, needles, scissors and threads. 
These sessions are intended for members who want to expand their stitch knowledge or work on a piece they have already planned, whilst working with likeminded friends. 
The Branch will have a selection of fabrics and some threads available for your use but if you want to use your own favourites please bring whatever you have.  


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

SATURDAY 8th NOVEMBER–TALK on ‘Contemporary Macrame’ by Charlotte Nash.

Charlotte is a young designer of Textile Crafts graduating in 2013.  She produces pieces for the Bespoke Interior market and her colourful work is based on geometric shapes, grids  and repetitive, striped Aztec designs.

Look her up on the Web – just type in Charlotte Nash Textile Crafts and you can view many images of her very colourful designs.

based on the Imja Glacier, Himalayas.

3. November. Blacks. Imja glacier Himalayas

Monday, 13 October 2014


Kathleen, who lived in Clitheroe at the time, joined the Guild in 1949 before there were Branches or Regions as we know them now – she remembers attending the occasional meeting in Manchester and was delighted when the Southport Branch was formed by Pat Birch in the late 1980s and she immediately joined that Branch.

When Pat decided to form the Parbold  Branch  in 1996, Kathleen joined this as well as it was nearer her home, and she has remained a member ever since.

Although now in her 80s she still attends our meetings regularly and has taken part in many full day Workshops and Branch exhibitions over the years.
Her skills are amazing – Goldwork Aand Whitework being her favourites, but she has always been willing ‘to have a go’ at anything – traditional or modern, but recently has found she cannot do her favourite ‘fine work’ anymore.

SO she mostly now tends to paint in watercolour and of course she is extremely good at that too.  A lady of many talents.

The Parbold committee therefore decided that she should be awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Branch, as recognition of her 65 years as a member of the Guild.


The photograph shows Kathleen with our Joint-Chairmen – Carole Sams and Kay Kellaway.

Sunday, 12 October 2014


After one month working on their books, our 25 members taking part have created a wonderful array of different work covering a wide range of Themes – from -
Ancient Egypt, Architecture, Artists of the 20th Century, Butterflies, Gardens
,  Trees, Microscopic pictures, Land and Seascapes  and so much more …………

We had such a busy meeting this month  that there was no time to take pictures, but I will get some next month and keep you updated with progress – so keep on stitching, drawing, sticking and doing whatever pleases you most to make those books little works of art!!!
Go on, you know you can do it………………….

A couple of pages from the trial books completed by the committee.

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Isobel visited us last year for a Workshop on ‘Stitching with Paper’ and today she entertained us with a talk on her current way of working using a variety of the latest materials including Light Moulding Paste and Relief Paste – these are both Textile mediums which are applied to surfaces to create a base for stitching.
She also uses Calico and Weed Suppressant ‘fabric’ which she paints with flour and water paste to create a surface for colour and stitch.

Isobel loves to hand stitch so all of her very intricate work is covered with lots of stitches before she colours with a variety of paints and inks.  These are left to dry until they become quite hard and made into  boxes, books, panels and bags.

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For close up detailed pictures of her work go to her website – lots of information about her and her work.

Medieval inspirations - Cocoon stripping paper, encaustic wax


Members of our Branch who belong to this exhibiting group will be showing their work in their latest exhibition which is taking place at the Brabin’s Shop & Gallery in Chipping, Preston PR3 2QE and is open daily 9a.m to 5p.m until 5th November – free entry.
Information from 01995 61221

Still time to buy some early Chistmas presents!!