Sunday, 9 June 2019

May Meeting and Regional Day

It seems everything is against me this year.  Once again I was only able to call in at the meeting for an hour and it will be the same in June.  I didn't take any photo's at the meeting because everyone was in the process of cutting out their fabric for the bag they were making on our Member's day.  Hopefully there will be some finished bags in June to show you.
A good day was had by all at Regional Day as always.  Two really excellent speakers and lots of retail therapy as well as a lovely lunch.  The competition was perhaps not as well supported by members this year but my goodness did the Young Embroiderers show us the way!  They almost completely covered the table with entries.  The only annoying thing was, I switched my phone off and forgot to switch it back on again to take photographs so I haven't any to show you.  However I am sure if you do Facebook you will find some pictures on there.  One day I might decide I have time to join Facebook but not in the near future I'm afraid.

Monday, 29 April 2019

April Meeting

Listening to comments today, last months speaker and workshop by Jessica Grady, was enjoyed by all who attended.  Unfortunately, there wasn't any finished pieces on display this month so I couldn't get any photographs to show.
This month's workshop was with Elizabeth Almond who gave us an Introduction to Whitework.  I know many of the members do enjoy doing whitework, pulled and drawn threadwork and other forms of traditional hand embroidery but all those there today thoroughly enjoyed what Elizabeth brought for us.  It is good to go back to traditional stitches and remind oneself of them, it is surprising how well they sit within a piece of modern embroidery.  We also had a couple of visitors who were interested in the stitching and hopefully are now interested in joining the group.

This is a bit difficult to see but it was the design included in the pack.

Several people liked this swirl and bought the pattern.

Some of Elizabeth's own work.

Just to prove that you can stitch on anything, this is an inexpensive apron from Dunelm which Elizabeth embroidered on.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Guild AGM

I was unable to attend the March meeting as my sister was getting married that day and I felt I should be there instead. 
However, I did manage to attend the Guild AGM in Newcastle.  It was a lovely day out, all the train times worked and the Assembly Rooms were a short walk from the station.  What a lovely building, it took you back to the Regency days of balls and concerts.  The meeting however was bang up to date with powerpoint presentations and fascinating speakers.  In the morning Scott Gordon heron, head designer from Hand and Lock gave us a brief history of the company and some insight into the work the company does, from designing military goldwork to fashion pieces for top designers.  They have even designed badges for the pilots of the first commercial flight into space!
During the afternoon we heard from Dr. Nigel Hurlstone who took us through his recent work 'Men Do Cry' and what a journey that was.  I don't think anyone came out of that room not feeling ragged and drawn, some were nearly in tears.  The work looks at a ward of men in a hospital, all who have cancer and their experiences together, particularly after lights out.  Have a look at his website and the work called 'Sleepers'.
The Guild is just in the black this year and membership fees for next year will be held at £38.  A summary of the day can be found on the website with copies of the various speeches.
Four regional branches put on displays of their work and the Needle Points North banners were prominently displayed.  There was also a display of all the entries for the 2018/19 Guild competition 'Life's Rich Pattern' and very spectacular they were.  Look out for them at the Knitting and Stitching shows.
Some of the Travelling Books displayed by Hexham Branch.

Some of the entries in the Guild competition.

My favourite piece.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

February Meeting

I only visited the meeting for a few minutes to exchange travelling books with Eileen and Janet.  It was half term and I had my daughter staying and we were out and about all week (lots of tea and cake included in that).
The speaker was Steffi Glaves on miniature crochet and she brought a sales table of jewellery, silverwork and enamelling. I caught a glimpse of it as she was setting it up and it looked very interesting.  I will report back here when I get the chance to speak to members who were there.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

January Meeting

Lots of work has been going on over Christmas and a number of the members have now got their travelling books covered and bagged ready to fill with lovely work.  There was also a number of pieces of work from our stitch day last November where we had to look at a single stitch and work it in different ways.

Here are the lovely books

and the stitch pieces.

Some members were busy working on various projects of their own.

Liz is working on rock faces.

Two lots of experimental samples being worked on

Our speaker today was ME.  I gave a talk about the Distant Stitch Sketchbook course that I finished last year.  I brought all my work and put some of it on slides to talk through.  It's amazing how much work you do on these things and you don't realize it until you put it all together.  I have put the link to my blog which I needed to do to complete the course, in the section at the side if anyone wants to look at all the photographs and writing that I had to do.  Unfortunately it starts with the last module and it is quite a way back to the first one I'm afraid.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

November Meeting

Today was a Member's Day and we were set a challenge by the Chair to do some stitching using only one stitch.  We could choose our own or pull one out of a hat, which I think most of us did.  There were fabrics and threads available if we needed them and we could either work to a 7inch square or something of our own choice.  I pulled Sorbello stitch out of the hat which was something I have not done before.  We also got under way with our travelling books.  The books were distributed and we now have to cover them, make a bag for them to travel in and put our first pages in our own book.  All to be done by the February meeting.  We have set a topic of 'Circles' for our first pieces of work so I combined that with the Sorbello stitch to start the cover for my book.

I knew I would forget the names of the stitches that everyone was doing so I am not going to label these in case I am wrong.

I think everyone enjoyed today and quite a few found themselves trying stitches they had never used before.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

October Meeting

Sorry I am a bit late doing this blog but I have been away for a few days over half term and have just caught up with myself.
We had another enjoyable meeting and have now got most members signed up to doing a 'Travelling Journal' so the sketchbooks are on order and we will be able to get started next month.
Eileen has just been on a workshop with Alicia Merrett at the Royal Hotel in Bridlington and this wonderful quilted cityscape was the result.

Even her practice piece was amazing

We had borrowed two of the guilds Folio's for October's and November's meetings and I have to say, they are so much better than when we borrowed them about ten years ago.  Very well presented pieces and quite a lot in each one. Here are just a few of them.

Members were also busy with their work and here are some of the items they were working on.