Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Stitching in the Dales

Just to let everyone know that the Stitching in the Dales was as good as ever and we all had a very enjoyable couple of days stitching away.  Both classes were full and thanks go to Carol and Gina for sharing their expertise and to everyone who organised the event and provided food, etc.

I have taken a few photo's (I remembered my camera this time) and start off with the view from my bedroom window at the B&B that I stayed in.

These next few are from Carol Coleman's workshop Earth's Beauty.

The next pictures are from Gina's workshop which was creating landscapes.

Some lovely work and ideas.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

April Meeting, Scampston Hall and Guild AGM

The Guild AGM, held in Manchester this year was a very good day.  We had two inspiring speakers in Susie Vickery and Sian Martin.  The venue was smart and close to the railway station and the lunch was excellent.  The timings this year were spot on and we finished promptly at 4pm.  The Guild is still having problems recruiting new members and finances are a struggle but the profile and the image of the Guild is leaping ahead with new ventures into collaborations with other partners.An increase in subscription fees was approved which will go some way to help the finances.

The exhibition at Scampston Hall is now in place and what a lovely display it makes.  It is in the conservatory which is not a huge space but the work fitted in very well.  Look out for a press report in the Malton Gazette and Herald, hopefully week commencing 9th May.  It has be good to work with other branches and we have all said that it would be nice to get together again either as a meeting or another exhibition - or maybe both!  If you get chance to visit Scampston do go, it is a lovely garden and there is a very nice tea room and our exhibition of course.

A good meeting in April although the weather is still a bit cold up here.  We have managed to reunite nearly everyone with their work from the exhibition and we made a good profit for the branch funds.  Thanks to everyone who helped.
Angela has started a monthly newsletter which everyone enjoyed and thought a good idea.
The travelling journal has another double page spread completed and has moved on to its next writer which is Christine who is planning to do something on blackwork.
Our speaker was Pauline Cameron who keeps alpaca's.  Regrettably she did not bring one with her but she did bring lots of photographs for us to look at.  She also brought some of the wool she makes from the fleece of the animals and demonstrated spinning it.  The sweater she was wearing was knitted with her own wool and it was beautifully soft.
I didn't get any photographs of the alpaca's she owns but here is one of some that I took in Peru a few years ago.

These were amazingly sensible about crossing the road, they waited at the kerb and all went together.