I have managed to make it back to complete the blog - the wandering notebook has returned and Him indoors has survived with a bit of a flea in his ear!
Whilst I was waiting for him to return I modified the blog a little. I have removed the icicle pictures which were quite frankly starting to get on my nerves - I will replace them with something more suitable. Any ideas?
If you look down the sidebar you will see that I have added favourite links - let me explain - click on these and you should be able to go directly to that web site though I have to say that at this stage I have not tested them. I have put up links for 5 sites currently and will add more as either I think more or I get suggestions from the membership.
The EG and Tracy Franklin are self explanatory; Stitchbusiness is a web site belonging to Tracy and her business partner offering City and Guilds courses and Royal School of Needlework courses; needlenthread is an American site owned by Mary Corbett which is based on traditional embroidery and is very instructive and full of good ideas and sound technique; Pintangle is a huge site based in Australia and owned by Sharon Boggan - again good for ideas and technique.
Will look for more contemporary based websites next month.
Finally back to the meeting:-
The meeting started with a young gentleman called Liam Evans who had asked to speak to us about the upcoming Mystery Plays - he was appealing for help in any capacity stitching,acting etc etc Applications forms were available.
Fiona Wilson was our speaker for today and I was delighted to listen to this young lady on several levels - the first being that she is the daughter of one of our members and there is always a good feeling about local branch linked talent, secondly she was a Guild Scholar for a year which to me justifies the national element of our organisation and thirdly as it turned out she gave a most informative and enjoyable talk about her work.
She told us about having done no art at school and how she had in fact studied for a business degree - however this was not for her and her career then took a more creative course which she outlined briefly.
I thought she had a novel approach to inspiration! i.e. how am I going to get started? - I will go for walk and take photographs - which she then translates into drawings and subsequently into fabric and stitch.
Fiona had used competitions to very good effect to stretch herself and extend her work and she had several varied examples of her work with her which complemented her PowerPoint presentation well.
In conclusion she told us about being a Guild Scholar what it involved and how it had enabled her to secure a workspace in which she can do her own work but also pass on her skill to her pupils.
She is now doing a MA at Manchester and has absolutely no regrets about the creative turn her life took.
Judging by the crowd of people around her whilst I was having my cup of coffee I was not the only person who enjoyed listening to her.
The next meeting will be on Saturday 2nd April 2011 (tomorrow!!)
There will be a Competition for a piece of work done from a commercial pattern/kit or a piece done at a workshop.
Viv will be collecting names and monies for The Regional Day at Riccall to be held on Saturday June 11th 2011 - the cost will be £22
Breaking News - I have been asked by the Chairperson to announce that we have taken a space at a Craft Fair to held in the Guild Hall on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August 2011 and that contributions would be welcomed - Pincushions and needlework accessories may be a theme.
Finally I have been asked by the Secretary to ask you to put your thinking caps on to think of a title for our forthcoming exhibition on June 22nd,23rd and 24th June 2012.
2012 is going to be a busy year one way and another - the Olympics, the Queens Jubilee, 800 year anniversary of the Lord Mayor of York and any one or more of these could be the inspiration for a title. We are also looking for ideas for a Challenge, a Competition and a Special Display - all of these thing are what makes our Exhibition varied and interesting!
Thats it - I will have more Baltimore Quilt panels next time - apologies to those who are not up yet - they will be!