Chair’s Chat 2019

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Chair’s Chat 2019

February 2019

The quiet month is past and my brain is beginning to wake up for sewing. I’m sure I was a squirrel in another life and just slept the cold away.

My Gold work classes commence next week and the Studio in the Met is open for the ladies to resume making the hangings, so two places for me to stitch at and catch up with old friends. That’s one of the advantages of stitching; you make lifelong friends plus enjoying your hobby. Going to a new group or course is not so daunting when familiar faces are bound to be there.

Life is stirring in the parks and gardens too. It’s fun to rummage through my stash, nothing suitable so off to Abakhans! A quick visit does help as will the Trip to NEC for the Sewing for Pleasure. Do join the coach and wallow in all the goodies on show; Sarah is very willing to book you on board. The show brightens a dull month.

I trust you all received your copy of Contact; good review of our Exhibition! The Palm House is preparing for our display there with brand new boards. Visit there also. If you go in from Ullet Road to the Bridge there is a short walk to the Palm House. You’ll pass LACE, the venue of our Regional Day next year! Your committee is working hard at all that requires organising. Last time our Branch organised such an event was in 2008, the City’s Year of Culture; a great day for all.


January 2019

Greetings for the New Year! I wish you all the best in health and happiness. I hope all had a rest but thought of many ideas for your needle. I hope our Guild helps all members to extend their skills and friendships.

Did you have any embroidery gifts for Christmas? My son found 2 miniature embroideries than I am planning to frame; I’ll show you at our next meeting. Bring along any treasures you have.

 At the January meeting we’ll begin gathering ideas of items to include in the Raffle Bags for the 2020 Regional day. Sarah Lowes is in overall charge of these bags so please approach her with your ideas etc.  

Our speaker in January is an old re-enactor friend of mine who makes and decorates  exquisite 17th garments; do come along and admire.

HQ has arranged another national Stitch Day this year in June,  so hopefully we’ll have a day of public stitching and talking. If you have any ideas for a venue please talk to a committee member and pass on your thoughts. This would be a good way of showing people what and how we do what we do!

Also from HQ is a request for us to show what HOME means to us in some form of sewing. This is a broad subject which is open to interpretation in many ways. Members interested need to let HQ know by next month; I’ll pass your names on if you wish. Look at HQ website for full details.

The Regional website is filling up with information of NW branches; another area from which you can gain knowledge of other branches and stitchers in our region.