Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Message from Kate Pike

What a lovely day we had with Art Van Go last meeting following the AGM; with her monoprinting, Angelina fibres, and other goodies, Viv Arthur had us all absorbed, and could have gone on much longer. I hope you have all done some experimenting since then!

The next meeting, 4th October, will be organised by Jane Ostler and Vicki Honeywood, and involve working with Sketchbooks.

Jane writes:

'This introduction into sketch books explores reasons for keeping them, types, and many of the techniques which can be used.
There will be an opportunity to make a start using only a biro.
This will then be developed into a second project using collage techniques, followed by a discussion which relates all of this to embroidery.
All materials will be provided, including sketchbooks.'

If you don't wish to take part - but I hope everyone will, as this is an exciting way of collating thoughts, ideas, and even photographs - then do bring your own work and socialise. If time, in the afternoon, Sue and Annette will continue with stitches and stitched books for those who wish to take part in those.

The latest Capability Brown exhibition is up in Grantham Museum, and looking good - our group 'tree' is having its third outing - and there are pieces from different branches there, too, and well worth a visit. We had just under 4,000 visitors to the Belton exhibition.

Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk - this is closed at the moment due to collapsed wall, and the CB exhibition which was to be there will now be at the Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7HT from the week beginning 24th October.

Christine  has leaked the information that the Game of Thrones Embroidery, which was completed earlier in the year, and is on tour, will be coming to Grantham Museum before the end of the year - quite a coup for Grantham!

And, finally, Boston branch of the Guild are taking a coach to Threads and Patches, which some of you may know, in Milton Keynes, on 29th October, and have seats available if anyone is interested in going.
This is a shop for embroiderers and patchworkers, and also does workshops. It's a two hour journey, and our nearest point of embarkation will be Spalding Bus Station, leaving at 08.45. (It leaves Boston Bus Station at 08.15 and Kirton Town Hall at 08.30) It should arrive at 10.30, and there is coffee and cake on arrival, and lunch is provided. There will also be a mini-workshop involved. Not to mention shopping, of course!
Cost for the day is £12, including all of the above (except shopping!) + the cost of the coach, which will vary from £13 to £19, depending on the numbers going.
If you are interested, let me know, or email Chriss Smith in Boston -

Looking forward to the next meeting - don't forget 'show and tell' and your Travelling Books.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

A.G.M. 2016 Report

Vycombe Arts, site logo.

We had our second Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, which we crammed in before Viv Arthur, from Art Van Go, gave us the longest demo we had ever seen! So many products to explain and show, that she had to come back after lunch to talk about more, and did not get a chance to finish before we had to pack up! Lots of members then had a little spending spree at the Van parked outside.

Kate Pike was re-elected as Chairperson, Jenny Fay was also re-elected as Treasurer. Sue Cork was elected as Secretary, replacing Vicki Honeywood. The full minutes have been sent to members.

The Blog has been updated. The "Travelling Books" photos are an impressive record of the amount of varied work being produced by the members. There are still extra books, so if you are not yet in the scheme why not join at the October meeting?

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, Oct 4th          Sketch (Inspiration) Books with Vicki Honeywood and Jane Ostler.