Saturday, 23 May 2009

Story Sacks

We have just heard that Waitrose have selected the Harrogate branch of the Embroiderers' Guild together with Harrogate Children's Library to be one of the three charities during June participating in their 'Community Matters' scheme. They divide £1000 between the three charities according to how many green tokens are put in the voting box - so during June get to Waitrose and put your tokens in our box.

The money will be used to purchase props for the Story Sacks we are making for Harrogate Children's Library. Any surplus funds will provide materials to make some floor mats and cushions for babies to use whilst their parents are in the Library plus, hopefully, a new wall hanging when the Library returns to its refurbished premises.

Harrogate City & Guilds Show

Apart from finding time to stitch together Harrogate branch green rainbow squares, there was lots of lovely work and plenty of visitors over the week of the college exhibition. There were only two Part 2, Yr 2 students this year, but their work was exciting.

The Part 1, Yr 1 students are a talented lot and there was some fantastic artwork and stitching amongst their display of work. Well done. Finally, against all the odds, the Part 1, Yr 2 students really did manage to finish most of their work. There were felt foxgloves, a piano stool with a band of canvaswork stitches, fossil based work and much more. If you did not get there you missed a treat.

We will have a fantastic show next year with around 6 or 7 Part 1, Yr 2 students and 6 Part 2, Yr 2 students exhibiting final pieces. Can't wait. The Part 2 students have got a wide range of personal themes too, which should produce interesting work - Timble Ings, Robin Hoods Bay, Ferns, Sheep, Vegetables, and Elizabethan Embroidered Book Covers.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Stitching in the Dales 13-15 May 2009

What a fantastic two and a half days surrounded by beautiful countryside, excellent food and two very talented tutors in Linda Westerman and Sandra Kedzlie. Several branches were represented apart from Grassington and Skipton and everyone had a very creative time. The photograph above shows a scroll formed from layers of dyed muslin and cake wire, bonded together and enhanced with beads. It looks very chrysalis-like to me.

Those delegates with Linda Westerman were creating books and bookcovers in various forms under the title "Hidden Treasures" and Sandra Kedzlie's group learned how to make "Mixed Media Textured Surfaces" using such things as Lutrador, Magazine and Newspaper pages, Softsculpt, Kunin felt, etc.

Can't wait to see what Grassington and Skipton are putting on next year!

Saturday, 9 May 2009


We have now become the Harrogate & District Ladies Mud Wrestling Team - at least that is what our larger than life coach driver told the staff at Hardwick Hall when we arrived for our visit. Needless to say everyone had an excellent day out. The weather was sunny, but windy and of course the display of embroidery at Hardwick Hall, as always, was fantastic.

The only sad point was that Heather Mason could not join us as she has had an accident and is in hospital waiting to have her left wrist pinned.

Friday, 1 May 2009


Students of Harrogate College City & Guilds and Creative Embroidery classes hold their Annual Exhibition in Block 'A', Harrogate College, Hornbeam Park on

Tuesday to Friday 19-22 May 2009
9.30 am - 4.30 pm


Monday 18 May between 6 pm - 8 pm


Judie Hamilton based her postcard on a picture sent to her by a friend. Maybe this lucky person will get to receive the card in due course, but not before our exhibition we hope.

Wish You Had Sent a Postcard? Don't forget the postcards will be displayed at our exhibition at West Park in June/July. You can complete a card in less than a couple of hours if you keep it simple. If you need instructions contact Hazel. Maggie Clarke used a wave theme for one of her cards. She seems to have got the 'bug' and has made several of them.


Hope you are all busy completing your rainbow squares? They are needed before the Regional Day on 13 June so that we can stitch them together for display. Contact either Jacqui, Irene or Hazel if you need to have them collected. The Green Man is the work of Alyson Evans and I have heard that the Felted Handbag workshop on Saturday 25 April was extremely good and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The two floral squares were created by Catherine Chew.