N.B. From April 2016 all meetings are now at Audlem Public Hall
19th July 2012 'Jubilee / Olympic Party '
|Party Cakes and Fruit|
As we all know, setting a good example for our children can take the fun out of life, so with these thoughts in mind our members decided that drinking the odd glass of bubbly and eating delicious home made cakes at 11.00 am in the morning was acceptable and indeed necessary to feed our brains ready for the ultimate challenge of a quiz and the brainstorming stress of the dingbats!
|Carrie Reporting Guild Business|
There were five teams of roughly ten members, ready to stretch their brains as they were bombarded by questions on the Olympic Games and The Queen, whilst simultaneously juggling the dingbats around the table.
Fortunately there was no lack of sustenance or liquid, so our members were able to maintain equilibrium as amazing facts and figures were dragged from the depths of their memories in answer to the questions.
|Tray of our Members Home Made Cakes|
|The Winning Team|
|Thoughtful Team Members Deciphering the Dingbats!|
|A Norma Hopkins Embroidery Design|
|A collage of photos, buttons and paper to create ideas|
|An Old Key - Note the Patterns it Creates|
|Stone Man Arch Support with Lute|
Norma Hopkins Embroidery Design
|Judy with her 'Childhood Memory' 1950's Quilt|
|'Childhood Memories' Flyer|
Childhood memories can be a powerful influence on our lives, and although we like to imagine an idyllic childhood, this is not always the case as one of the quilts created by Kate Dowty displayed.
|'In Vogue' by Judy Fairless|
|Janet Browne in her Studio|
|A Cycle Ride to Bolton|
|Detail Of a Journey|
Don't forget our next meeting on Thursday 19th April, when our speaker will be none other than Judy Fairless, yet another talented member of our Guild.
|Batik Scarves and Hangings|
|Art Nouveau Inspired Quilt|
|Chinese Kimono Quilt|
|Marianne with Butterfly Fascinator|
|Marianne with Ribbon Neck Scarf and Bird Fascinator|
As you can imagine, Marianne sat down to rapturous applause with our members still chuckling inwardly to themselves.
|Val Mackin and Workbox inspired by Clog Dancing|
|Anglo Saxon Pocket|
|Triple Ice Cream inspired Cushion|
|Marjorie with Hanging Quilt|
|Turkish Slippers and Design Board|
Marjorie emphasised to the group that inspiration for designs can be found everywhere, from Turkey, where tiles and carpets had influenced her to create a design board for smoking slippers, and closer to home, Little Morton Hall, which was the inspiration for her first felt vessels. Marjorie created a trilogy for the Guild Show held there a few years ago.
|Elizabethan Corset Design|
Marjorie's Elizabethan corset above was part of a body of work for her final Degree Show, and went on to show in the New Designers Show in London.
|Enamel Design on Felt|
|A Variety of Glass Coasters|
|Waiting in Anticipation!|
|One of Sue Poole's Christmas Table Centre-Pieces|
Anne Watson had been her usual efficient self and constructed name places with individual food selections clearly labelled, negating the chance of any "senior moments"!
|Ferrero Rocher Christmas Puddings|
These delightful little puddings had been knitted by Daphne Ashby and Carrie Evans and the holly and berry tops had been sewn on by the rest of the committee.
Prior to the Christmas lunch, members had been invited to create their own design for a Christmas tree bauble using any design technique that they preferred.
Over thirty members had taken up this option and their creations had been handed in on arrival and hung on a small Christmas tree.
All participating ladies had been issued with a number, and at the end of lunch they were handed a different Christmas decoration to take home, each member finally satisfied that they had discovered who had created their take home gift!
All good things must come to an end and judging by the members' feedback this was one of our most successful Christmas lunches. Roll on next year.............
|Christmas Waistcoat - Marianne Grime|
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 19th January 2012 and will be a "Show and Tell" Members Meeting followed by a Mini Workshop.
Please would any Guild members who have participated in our recent workshops bring their creative work for other members to see and admire!
17th November 2011 "Snippets from the 30's" by June Corner
If anyone can find a hilarious angle to a talk then that lady is June Corner!
Renowned for her comical insights into ladies knickers, this time the Embroiderers’ Guild were taken back in time to the 1930’s when most of us were just a twinkle in our parents’ eyes!
Guild members closed their eyes blissfully as they recalled dancing and singing to the hit tunes of the thirties – “Smoke Gets in your Eyes”, “Stormy Weather”, “Red Sails in the Sunset”, “When I’m Cleaning Windows”, and June’s personal favourite hit, Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood”.
This was the decade when it was customary to give hand made Christmas gifts and June presented us with a selection that she had acquired - beautiful beadwork bags, embroidered sewing boxes, pyjama cases and delicate handkerchief sachets!
Then there were the French Knickers, with a little button on the side. If you wore these you had to remember to carry a safety pin in your bag, as the button would often come off.
|June with a caped Tea Dress|
June had bought a selection of thirties clothes with her. Which of us had not worn a proper wool button coat with bonnet and leggings as a child and smocked and lace dresses?
This was the decade when you could purchase a Vauxhall car for the princely sum of £695, petrol was 1/4d a gallon, sirloin steak 1/8d a pound, theatre stalls were 6d and the circle a shilling.Ladies wore 4711 Cologne, and if they were “posh” Chanel No 5 perfume. Holidays abroad meant somewhere like Anglesey, and nearly always entailed wearing a knitted or smocked swimsuit to preserve one’s modesty!
June Corner manages to add a comical twist to everyday life, leaving us all smiling inwardly at our own personal memories.
20th October 2011 "Bowled Over" Kath Danswan
With the memories of our successful “21st Anniversary Exhibition” fast fading, our members are now looking forward to another years’ programme of exciting, colourful and inspiring talks, which got off to a fine start on Thursday when Kath Danswan presented her talk on "Bowls, Bugs and Bags".
|A selection of Silk Bowls|
|Cabbage Bowl with Bugs|
|Bugs, Bowls and Bags|
Our next meeting will be Thursday 15th December 2011 for Christmas Lunch with a "Surprise Speaker"