Thursday, 16 February 2017

Rode Hall snowdrop walks

Rode Hall

You still have time to go to Rode Hall to enjoy the very popular snowdrop walks until 5 th of March 2017. for details and times.

I can recommend a leisurely walk down to the lake. There are new paths and more flowering shrubs than usual.There are over 70 varieties of snowdrops.

After your walk you can visit the barn and view the works of local artists.

A visit to the tearooms is a must with its roaring fire and home- made food to tempt you.

There's a tiny shop selling plants and home-made goods.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley.


The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

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13:30 -
Sunday 19 February 2017
Event / Living history or re-enactment / Performance / Lecture, talk or reading
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Suitable for16-17, 18+
Join costume historian and dressmaker Meridith Towne for this lively presentation as she explores the fascinating life of Nell Gwyn, Charles II’s favourite, and most famous, mistress. From Drury Lane orange seller to courtesan, we consider her incredible journey of rags to riches. 1.30pm Tickets, £10, concessions £8 and includes a homemade Cream Tea.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Llangollen visit

Mary Bridge one of our members enjoyed visiting the Llangollen exhibition and has kindly sent some photographs for the blog.

Mary wrote

Yesterday we went to the Quilt Fest at Llangollen which we really enjoyed. We parked at the Int Pavilion to view the Contemporary group " On the edge" and 1001 nights challenge using fabrics from Kazakhstan.

 Then we walked to the Museum to see Miniatures and the challenge Welsh Tailors quilt. I was inspired by a quilt made by a Welsh tailor in the 1800's from scraps and based on "the world around".  

We popped into the library where there was some painting and textile work by Alison Corfield. Chatwins coffee shop did a good lunch. 

This gorgeous quilt is by Mandy Hague.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Llangollen quilts

Mandy Hague ( one of our members) does some fabulous quilt work. She has kindly sent us some information about the latest show she is taking part in .It is Quiltfest in Llangollen. Details in a previous blog below.

Mandy wrote

I've attached a couple of photos taken of the "1001 Nights" collection just after hanging them. The quilts are in the Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen and can be seen until Sunday 19th February. They are in exhibition alongside an exciting collection of quilts from the Contemporary Quilt Group called "On the Edge".

Some notes about the "1001 Nights" quilts. This is a collection of 50 quilts with makers taking part from the UK, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia. This was a biennial challenge to which ten UK quilters were invited for the first time. The rules of the challenge were organised by the Bohemia Patchwork Club from the Czech Republic. These asked each quilter to produce a quilt 50cm square using at least 4 or 5 fabrics from a selection of interesting fabrics provided by Wolfgang Eibisch. Mr Eibisch, a retired Director of Bernina for Eastern Europe, had collected the fabrics from markets in Kazakhstan. The resulting quilts have already travelled to Celle in Germany, St Petersburg and Moscow, as well as Prague. This is the first time they have been shown in the North of England. After this they will travel to Bramble Patch in Weedon, Northants before returning to Germany.

Cheshire Textiles

Bridget Bowie's talk

We all enjoyed a really interesting talk by Bridget Bowie yesterday. I think Bridget's thoughtful approach to her work gave us food for thought. I think we can all get a bit too complacent and just produce safe work. 

Also,her work included stitching into paper and acetate so it's good to remember it's good to try out something new.