One or two members managed to visit 'The Happy People' exhibition at the Bankfield Museum recently. It ends on 5 July. There are a range of costumes, artefacts and photographs of the Miao minority people of South West China. It is a fascinating display and the embroidery is exquisite. All decided they were too old to be considered to undertake any of the needlework as there was a very limited period during which the Miao people were able to achieve the exacting standards required. One assumes their eyesight was damaged by the microscopic detail involved in producing the designs.
It was nice to see one of the actual Miao books, with all its pockets, used for storing embroidery threads. Some members had actually attempted to make one of these at a workshop in the Summer of 2008. There was a second type of book on display which might be worthy of further investigation for a future project!
What a tremendous turn out for the Members Day on 20 June. We had 42 people in total. There were several special guests who found the old branch photograph albums that Cath Chew brought along, of great interest. Everyone enjoyed a lovely buffet lunch with wine and soft drinks followed by a small sewing project in the afternoon. Many members delivered their pieces of work ready for the exhibition which starts on 30 June at West Park United Reformed Church.
Four more story bags were delivered - Rainbow Fish, The Big Red Bath, Mog and Bunny and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We have some very talented people among our membership. All of the thirteen completed story sacks will be on display at the exhibition which is open
"Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade ..."
Tutors Diane Freeman and Annie Smith have put together a series of three workshops to be held at St Robert's Church, Pannel during July and August. The theme is Thomas Grey's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard'. Individual topics are: 'Exterior Stonework'; 'Flowers and Grasses'; and 'Trees, Lichens and Insects'.
Contact 01423 547855 or 07944 004488 for availability and further details.