Wednesday, 31 December 2014

January Meeting–Saturday 10th

There will be a committee meeting this month – starting at 12 noon prompt. Agenda’s will be sent out prior to the meeting so to all committee members - please let Kay have any notices as soon as you can.

The afternoon meeting will be a Show and Tell by 3 of our members – Sue Chisnall-Sumner, Caroline Percy and Marguerita McBride - who attended a very interesting course  in 2014 and they will be sharing their experiences and finished pieces of work with you.


Thursday, 18 December 2014


If you would like to see what some of our Branch members are doing, there are a few who have their own Blog or belong to a Group blog or website.  You can catch up with their latest news by going to the “Links” on the Branch blog and follow what is going on in neighbouring branches as well.
Our members with personal Blogs are

Karen Hurrell >serpentinestitches - who posts news of her latest miniature quilt pieces;
Tracey Ramsey >
and who belongs to Natural Progression.
Sue Chisnall-Sumner-  
Her latest news includes the textile courses she runs at Avant Garden Centre.  

We also have members who belong to different exhibiting groups and information can be found on the following sites -

One Step On >
Preston Threads> (this site is in the process of being updated at the moment but does show an archive of past work).


Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas meeting–13th December

Our stitch and chat Christmas event was a great success with 35 members in attendance – all of whom actually took part in the Stitch Challenge and of course the chat and hearty lunch, with one of Kay’s wonderful cakes to follow and Mincepies of course – many thanks Kay.

The rest of the ‘banquet’ was provided by a local village caterer thanks to the work of Marguerita, our branch secretary, who unfortunately had to miss the event due to a chest infection.  Hope you will recover soon Marguerita – unfortunately we couldn’t keep any food for you!!!


Coffee or tea – while you stitch!

Members concentrating on their stitching.

‘The tea ladies!!!! – Carole, Deborah and Kay – our joint Chairmen and our assistant Programme Secretary – many thanks ladies for all the hard work.

Kay's ‘Friday night Cake Company’

All the eating and chatting was interspersed with 2 very different quiz sheets which baffled many of us and was followed by the prize giving for the best Christmas decoration.

Look below for ideas and inspiration!!

P1040053     P1040037



The winners are shown below – June’s Christmas Angel won first prize and …….

Karen’s extra large Bauble won third prize – on the left below.


There was a second prize winner – Gilly – but the photograph of her piece – a pretty little bauble - did not print well enough – sorry Gilly!
It is the brown background of the table which does not show things off to their best – must remember a cloth next time!!

Have a good holiday everyone and see you all in 2015.

SUMMER SCHOOL at Alston Hall –latest news.

We have just been informed by the Regional committee that the course fees, including accommodation will be - £360 for the three day course -

16-19 July Bella May Leonard 'Sculptural Embroidery' - traditional hand stitch & exciting bright man made  materials – e.g electrical wire etc.

and for the 2 day courses - £237.50

17-19 July - Alice Fox 'Rust marks' - using rusty items for printing & dyeing on paper & fabric.

17-19 July - Ruth Brown 'Cyanotypes (blue prints) on fabric'- introduction to cyanotype on fabric.

There will be reductions for non-residents or if members are prepared to share a room.  
A deposit of £20 per night is payable on booking.  These need to be sent to Alston Hall with a booking form by 15th January.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Our extended Christmas meeting-  including a fun Hands-On challenge - starts at 11.30a.m.

Please bring with you a sewing kit, small pieces of fabric or felt and if you have them some ‘bits of bling’. 
Prizes will be awarded – not for stitching ability but for fun and an inventive approach!

A finger buffet lunch is being provided – the committee are looking forward to seeing you all.

Monday, 1 December 2014


Our Three Stitchers - Sue, Tracey & Caroline will be taking part in another Christmas Fayre to be held on Sunday 7th December 12.00noon to 6.00pm in Chipping.

They will be selling jewellery, bags, scarves, cards, Christmas baubles & tags & their usual unique gifts in the Village Hall.
The Fayre will extend to the School hall & Brabins Shop, as well as the Village Hall.
Proceeds in aid of NW Air Ambulance & McMillan Nurses.