Friday 24 February 2012

'The Yorkshire Ones in Antarctica'
 Art exhibition
 Hull Maritime Museum
 Community Display Area

 The display is inspired by Antarctica and timed to coincide with the centenary of Scott's failed attempt to be first to the South Pole.
On display are hats by Sue Bradshaw, embroideries by Viv Stamford, enamels by Avril Cheetham, silver jewellery by Jackie Warrington and felt by Sue Nicholson. There are also cyanotype prints by Cathy Corbishley Michel who will be speaking to the Guild about her work next year.
The exhibition is free and is open from Monday to Saturdays from 10 am to 5pm. and Sundays from 1.30 to 4.30pm. until the end of April 2012.

Thursday 16 February 2012

A bit of a delay!!!

Those amongst you with sharp eyes and a sense of timing will have noticed that there has been a bit of a time delay - I did write up the Blog on Sunday after the meeting but then I could not remember all the other ancillary information (fortunately for me Shirley has posted all the important stuff!!) and then I went on a few days break so have just got around to pressing the button to post the Blog - Sorry!!!

Two months running!!

Hello girls and all followers of our Blog.

My plan was to really shock and have the meeting info up and on the blog the same night as the meeting and all was going well until I booted up my computer only to find I had security problems I had to deal with and when I had sorted that out I really could not face all the typing as we had quite a busy meeting.

However owing to the postponement of the workshop today owing to inclement weather I find myself with the dog in front of the fire (looking at the snow) and thought I could usefully spend my time getting you all informed of what is going on.

First the talk - one of our members Cluny Chapman spoke to us about how she takes much of her inspiration from Archaeology and then how she translates those images into embroidery.
She began by giving us a brief resume of her credentials both in the world of  archaeology and the world of embroidery and then was straight into the body of the talk which was well illustrated  and supported  by a PowerPoint presentation. This talk really impressed the teacher in me as it was well structured and followed a time line throughout from 30,000 years ago to Medieval times and on that journey we visited a wide variety of venues and artifacts: we learned about various archaeological techniques both above and below ground: and most importantly we saw how many embroidery techniques could be used to interpret the source  material.
Cluny brought with her many examples of her work which was all of an excellent standard and covered a wide variety of techniques including goldwork, feltmaking, whitework, lacemaking, mixed media, canvaswork and machine embroidery.
I have to hold my hands up at this point and tell you that I have been good friends with Cluny for many years but even with that in mind I enjoyed the talk and would happily recommend Cluny to all you Programme Secretaries out there.

The Baltimore Quilt
 The Quilt has been living with me for January and I have to say lots of people came to help me stitch - lured here with the promise of good biscuits and the chance to meet my fantastic dog - the upshot of which is that we have made fantastic progress this month - so a big thank you to all who helped.  One of my regular attenders, Liz Lumb had an absolutely cracking idea -  to mark each uncompleted square in some way to help us find them more easily. To hand was some blue ribbon and safety pins so this was what we did and then the natural extension of this was that if you completed a square you could then remove the ribbon and pin it to your chest and wear it with pride!!!!!!!    I have to tell you that one person (the chair!!) who was present at this new innovation promptly went off, found two nearly completed squares, finished them and claimed two blue ribbons!!  -

Tuesday 7 February 2012


Hello Everyone

I was very conscious on Saturday that you were bombarded with an awful lot of information, so I thought I would summarise some of it here for you.

FIRST AID - the course will take place at the Folk Hall at 9am on the 5th May.

GUILD NEW CHAIR AND PRESIDENTS - Christine Poole was elected as the new Chaiman unopposed. Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn have agreed to become joint Presidents for an initial period of 3 years.

VISIT TO ACKWORTH - As part of the marking of the tenth anniversary of the region, a visit has been arranged to Ackworth to view the Samplers and partake of lunch. This will take place on 12th April, meeting at the school at 12 noon. Price £20. For further details please contact me. (01759368785/

MEMBERS' CHALLENGE - Details of the challenge for 2012/13 are now available on the Guild website. If you are unable to access this please contact me.

VISIT OF KAFFE FASSETT - Tickets (for members only at the moment) are available from Liz Lumb.

I hope that is helpful for you.

Sunday 5 February 2012

Workshop - posptoned until better weather

Due to the inclement weather and road conditions the workshop with Cluny - Postcard inspirations Sunday 5 February has been postponed. Sorry to disappoint you eager beavers but the safety of members is paramount. Rescheduled date will be published later.
Take care and have a good day.

Saturday 4 February 2012

Workshop Sunday 5 February

Cluny Chapman will be providing a workshop on Sunday 5 February.
She will be inspring ideas to produce a postcard for the Exhibition pieces - "York People and Places in Stitch".
This will take place
from 10.00 -4.00 pm
at the Old School Hall, Wigginton, Near 13 Mill Lane, YO32 3PU.
The cost is £17.

Don't forget your lunch and a mug. Tea/coffee freshemnts will be available all day.

You might find it helpful to bring
A sketch book/paper for background such as cartridge paper
Drawing/colouring materials - your preference.
Selection of coloured/patterned papers if you wish to use collage for your design
A note book for recording ideas.
Any books/guidebooks on York.
There will be a photocopier available - small charge.

It sounds a great day - look forward to seeing you there.

Aren't we a happy group listening to Dionne Swift at her talk- Devore Magic?

It was a very interesting topic and enjoyable session .