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Chair’s Chat by Vicky Williams

December 2017

First I wish you all a good happy Christmas with those you love. Enjoy seeing in the New Year in whatever manner suits you best. I prefer an early night with a good book nowadays although I can remember seeing in the New Year in Edinburgh with appropriate singing and dancing.  I find it amazing that we’ve almost lived through 2 decades of the 21st century! Where ever you see it in may the future bring you happiness and peace.

The Christmas Party had much to recommend although the lack of members was rather depressing. Those loyal people who did support the branch were very generous and branch funds have benefited.

I do hope you will find time to work at your pieces for the Endeavour exhibition. I know how quickly time passes and ideas haven’t even reached the material stage. Ideas are running round in my head but putting them into reality needs time to sit and think. Do come to our first meeting in January and bring pieces to show. Val will demonstrate how to lace finished pieces and the type of hanging required. Also that day you are asked to come wearing black so our speaker can use us for demonstrating her style of weaving. She comes highly recommended by Wirral branch.

Following on our vote to stay with the Embroiderers’ Guild the CEO, Terry Murphy, has expressed interest in meeting us and other NW members. Kim is busy sorting a date so watch the website for more details. He is prepared to answer questions submitted beforehand. This should make an interesting session.  We should also be visiting the Museum for our behind the scenes sessions next month. I know Kim nearly filled the 3 bookings she has organised with the World Museum. Do contact her if you missed out on a date.

November 2017

Chair’s Chat Nov ‘17

Our vote earlier in the year proved that members wish to stay affiliated to the Embroiderers’ Guild, an association that gives us contacts nationwide; this means we can visit branches when on holiday around the country. Give it a try and join another group of like-minded people and see what they do. All the branches are listed on HQ website and I have found people welcoming and interesting. Our recent visit to the North Wales exhibition showed the talent that exists nationwide. The scheme our branch began a few years back of exchanging visits also lets us share ideas and inspirations.

Do use H.Q.’s website, you just need your membership number, then you can see what is being planned nationwide and in the regions. The Annual Stitch Day is held in the summer and is a jolly occasion. Although Merseyside has not participated every year I’m hoping we can next year, to publicise our forthcoming exhibition. If you hear of an event in the region that concerns stitch or textile please send details to Hilary for inclusion on our web site.

 Do run-off a copy of the Party Poster and display in your local church/centre/shops. Encourage friends and family to come along. We have found that personal invitations can lead to membership; your branch requires new members to keep it viable. If anyone can donate a suitable unwrapped gift for the Raffle, Val and I will be grateful; we are running this activity at the Party. Anyone willing to help at the Party will always be welcome. See you then!