Tuesday, 31 March 2015


The Colorado River and Lake

8. April. Pink. Colorado River and lake

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


‘One Step On’ will be holding an Open Day at Cedar Farm on Sunday 19th April.

Several members of our Branch belong to this Exhibiting group – it should be a good day. You can see some of their work on their website – follow the link to their page – available on our Branch blog.


This exhibition, based on artefacts from the Museum, opens on Saturday 11th April and runs to Saturday 21st June.
Based in the Old Customs House, St. George’s Quay, Lancaster LA1 1 RB.
Contact phone: 01524 382264
The opening times will be 11am – 5pm seven days a week.
The exhibition itself is free but admission to the museum applies as follows - £3 adults; £2 concessions;
FREE to accompanied children and local residents (LA1 – LA6 postcodes).

There will be a preview event on Sunday 19th April with a ‘Meet the Makers’ session from 2 to 4p.m. Tickets for free entry available for this event – please contact me by e.mail.

As the only remaining Parbold branch member of this exhibiting group I have created 2 pieces based on the old Buoy with its peeling paint and rusting metal bands.

                 Close up of the decay.

 Hand painted cotton with hand stitched

Monday, 23 March 2015

Talk to Merseyside Branch–March 14th–further photographs.

If you would like to see what we got up to on our visit please follow the links to the > Merseyside Branch website > www.megonline.co.uk > Programme – go down to > Workshops and Talks and you will see us in action!!

Sue Chisnall-Sumner

Sue will be running a workshop 'Design to Stitch' at Avant Garden Centre in April – go to her website for full details – can be accessed through our Links on this Blog page.

April 11th Hands-On meeting–PRINTING with Sue

No Committee or morning stitch session due to a number of committee members unavailable.
Usual afternoon meeting  starting 2 for 2.30.

Requirement List for 11th April Hands-on with Sue – this is her updated list -

· Stamps & stencils made at Feb meeting-if you did not attend that meeting I have a supply of handmade stamps & stencils.
· a variety of small pieces of plain fabric eg. cotton etc.
· An old small towel to use as padding for stamping or stamping foam pad.
· stencil/ flat brush
. masking tape & scissors
· acrylic paint or fabric paint/tray or pot to for paint & pot for water.
· old clothes/apron & kitchen towel for spills.
· plastic & newspaper for your work area.
· plastic bag to take any wet fabric home.

PS - We have purchased some light calico for members to print on -  to make bunting for next years exhibition.
I have made a template if you would like to do some of these BUT members can bring additional fabric as requirements list to make their own items at home.

The July Hands-on will be for further embellishing of their bunting fabric with stitch etc.,  & if time – stitching the bunting together by hand or machine.


Friday, 20 March 2015

Japanese Beading Course

Recently received this and passing on for those of you who might be interested.

My name is Carol-Anne Conway – a member of the Oxford Embroiderers Guild - I will be running an Introduction Class to Japanese Bead Embroidery at The Crofters Hotel, Garstang on Saturday 18th April 2015.

Price: £75 - Included are all course fees, a Dragonfly Scissor Case kit, morning and afternoon tea or coffee. (Please note that scissors are not included in the kit)
japanesebeading@gmail.com to register or for further information.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Talk to Merseyside Branch–14 March

We were invited to talk to the Merseyside Branch as part of their exchange visit to our Branch last year.

Three of your intrepid members set out on a pleasant afternoon and were greeted by a very welcoming group of ladies – below are our talks – in the order they were delivered – with pictures of our work provided by Angela McLarnon.

Sandra as the almost oldest and longest serving member, started off the proceedings talking about the Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of working with an exhibiting group – Preston Threads.



This was followed by Kay – talking about her Most Expensive Glove in the World plus a lot of other beautiful knitted garments.



And followed last but not least by Deborah who talked about her experiences as a new ‘learner’ member of the Branch and my goodness – she has done such a lot - an example to us all!!



All three of us enjoyed our afternoon with the very appreciative members of the Merseyside Branch.
Sharing times like this should surely be what we are all about!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

MARCH 14 - Talk by Karen Quickfall–’Quilters Guild Suitcase Collections’.

Karen – one of our Branch members, came to talk to the branch today to show and explain a collection of quilts from the Contemporary Quilters' Guild.
This guild has members from all over the UK and indeed the rest of the world.

They hold both a winter and a summer school as well as an annual meeting in London to give opportunities for members to meet up.
Local groups meet more often; Karen is in the NW and Wales local group.

The theme for this ‘Collection’  was 'All In A Days Work' and there were about 40 quilts, approximately A3 size - all showing different interpretations of ‘a days work’  - from being in the house or garden to being actually at work i.e. paid for it!

Many textile manipulation skills were employed, from fabric dyeing and painting, collage, applique, hand and machine stitch and fabric layering.
Karen was, by profession, a statistician and based her quilt on the many and varied topics on which she had worked. It makes fascinating reading.

Karen H quilt

The rest of the collection could not be photographed but some can be seen on the Quilters Guild website  -

Report and photograph by Marguerita McBride.

Monday, 2 March 2015

March 14th meeting–Talk by Karen Hurrell–one of our members.

Due to a number of the committee being away this month there will be no Sit & Stitch session but the hall will be open from 12 noon if you want to bring your own work to stitch and have a chat with like-minded members.


The afternoon meeting will be a talk by  Karen Hurrell who is also a member of the Quilters Guild.
Karen will be showing us the Contemporary Quilt Group’s latest Suitcase Collection on the theme of ‘All in a Day’s work’. Members could interpret the theme in any way they wished, the only requirement being that entries should be A3 size and portrait. There are approximately 50 quilts in the collection, each accompanied by a statement including details of the inspiration, materials and techniques used.

A few examples are shown on the CQ website   -www.contemporaryquilt.org.uk/all-in-a-days-work.html

The colour raffle this month is 
based on the Islands of Crete

                     7. March. Purples. The island of Crete