Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Next meeting, July 4th 2017 at Grantham Tennis Club

Our July meeting is a general one for stitching and socialising; there will be an opportunity to learn new stitches with Sue and Annette, if she is able to come to the meeting, and continue with the stitch books, which we have not done for ages. Also an opportunity to practise some of the stitch  ideas we have learned recently, and share with those who did not attend the workshops.

We had an excellent workshop with Sue Stone last Tuesday, and she was extremely generous with her fabric and threads and her use of stitches which she incorporates into her figurative pieces. We hope to have her again in the Spring of 2019 - she is fully booked next year, as she does a lot of exhibiting - so we shall be lucky to have her again so soon.

At last month's meeting, we heard the story of Lynn Haith's wonderful box, which she had researched and worked on for 3/4 years for her City and Guilds Diploma. Based on a Victorian theme, it had so many nooks and crannies, and some working parts and even sound. It was a joy to behold, and there were many 'oohs' and 'ahs' and gasps at the sheer exuberance of it. An amazing piece of work, enthralling us all.

The May workshop on Stumpwork with Kay and Michael Dennis was also enjoyable, and enthused many of our members with a different from normal type of embroidery.

We are very fortunate to be able to have these well-known tutors and speakers, and many thanks to Margaret for organising them all.

Our thanks also to Michele Maloney for being the coordinator for our contribution to the Lincolnshire Show last week; we look forward to hearing how it all went.

We had discussed organising an outing for the August meeting, but were not sure where and how far to go; perhaps members could come up with ideas for a possible one next year, if it is felt to be a good plan. The August meeting will also be a stitching one, but we could do some painting and/or dyeing of fabric backgrounds for stitch, or learn some printing techniques; perhaps members would let the committee know at next week's meeting what they would like to do,
Don't forget that Saturday 5th August is National Day of Stitch, and the theme is ' Butterflies'; we are again at Belton House outside the Orangery, so encourage family and friends to come and get involved. We still need a few more volunteers to help on the day, please.

And finally, thanks to Sue Cork for keeping the branch going whilst the chair has been out of action - she has this tendency to think of things that had not even crossed other peoples' minds, and has worked very hard for the branch.

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday