Thursday, 2 June 2016

Despite my best efforts, we have not been able to find a substitute speaker for next Tuesday's meeting, so again we are dependent on members sharing their skills with us; grateful thanks to those who did so at the last meeting, Jean, Margaret, and Sue and Annette - what would we do without them all?

Some of them are coming to the rescue again - Sue and Annette will be continuing with stitches and stitched books; it is good to have this continuity, and hopefully, those relatively new to embroidery are gaining a lot from this.

Kaye Mundy has kindly offered to bring a selection of her quilts to show us, and will share with us her technique for turned-edge applique; if you have cotton fabric you would like to use, please bring it along with your usual sewing requirements. There will be freezer paper supplied for this.

Kay Carne (and I) will demonstrate simple 'silk shading'. Kay has several lovely books on the subject, which are an inspiration for trying this technique. We have fabric and threads, but you will need an embroidery hoop not larger than 10 inches diameter, and the usual sewing requirements; also stranded cottons, if you have them, preferably in three shades of the same colour. Not essential, but bring them if you have them.

I will also bring the requisites for paper collage, which might inspire some of you into more abstract work. (Magazines and/or handmade papers would be useful, plus a Pritt stick.)

There are still places on the Brenda Scarman 'Casalguidi' workshop on Tuesday 12th July; do see Sarah Edwards or me for detail and requirements. Payment will be required on Tuesday.
I think the Free Machine Embroidery workshop on Friday 24th June is full, but do check with Margaret and Annette.

In the July meeting, Jane Ostler will be working on Colour and the Colour Wheel with us, and Sue Cork will be doing Flower Pounding - I hope that both will outline at next week's meeting what this all entails.

Plans for the Belton exhibition are coming along; this will run for 6 weeks from Thursday 21st July to Thursday 1st September, and we still need lots of volunteers to steward if it is to be open every day during that period, as we would hope. Please see Sue cork if your name is not already on her list!
Boston and Stamford branches are also involved and will help with stewarding, particularly on 2nd August when we have Mary Sleigh's talk 'Jewels of India', and on 6th August, which is National Day of Stitch, when we have 2 placements at Belton, and also one at St. Wulfram's Church in Grantham,- fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day as last year. 

Set up at Belton will be 18th, 19th, 20th July, and during the week before this, there will be boards to paint ready to hang our pieces on.
Registration forms are available for your submissions to this exhibition, which are required by 
the hanging team and by Chriss Smith of Boston who is kindly making all the labels - by 21st June, please.

Dianne Marriott has set up a Facebook account for the branch, assisted by Annette, and hopefully this will be explained at Tuesday's meeting.

Annette is also requesting donations of Raffle Prizes - do keep them coming, as the raffle does help to boost our funds. 

Many thanks to all who put in so much time and effort on behalf of the branch; I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

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