Sunday, 26 March 2017


I've just spent a very enjoyable weekend in Manchester.

I visited the Whitworth Gallery and was pleasantly surprised how it had been expanded since I last visited. It was founded 120 years ago, as a resource to inspire the textile industry in north- west England and also to provide Manchester citizens with opportunities to learn about visual arts.

The Gallery's collections are eclectic. There really is something for everyone.

When I visited there were stunning examples of Heals fabrics from the 60's and 70's. There were Renaissance prints and pottery. There was a large Andy Warhol section. There were examples of Fine Art including intricate drawings from fine artists of today.There were film installations. There is a sculpture Gallery.

To top it all the new restaurant is fabulous.

Andy Warhol prints

 Heals fabrics.

Examples of iconic prints from the 1920s   

I also paid a brief visit to the Costume Museum in Manchester. There was a super Mary Quant Exhibition with examples of her designs from the 60's and 70's.It is a small Museum but has some beautiful costumes from past centuries on display.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Sewing Show NEC

Last Saturday I went to the NEC to a sewing show.

I loved these works  from Wales and thought you would enjoy seeing these pictures too.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Sales table

Every month we have a sales table. Members donate any unwanted craft items and we collect the money for funds. This is working well as the money helps to pay the room rent and contributes to paying for extra speakers. So, if you're having a tidy up for Spring please bring those extra things you no longer need for us to sell.
At the end of the meeting if items are unsold please take them home as we have nowhere to store them.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Two Doors Studio, Alsager

We have been busy with Workshops so far this year, but still to come are:

Fused  Glass Afternoon & Evening sessions Thurs 23rd March 1-3:30pm or 6:30-9pm    £20 each +materials from £5

Watercolour  ‘Practice makes Perfect’   Thurs 6th April 7-9pm £15

​Beginners Knitting    Sat 8th April 10.00 - 12.30pm  £20

Beginners English Hand Stitched Patchwork (EPP)   Sat 8th April   1.00 - 3.30pm £20

​Relief Printing (Lino)   Sat 29th April 10-4pm £40​

Textile Decoration (part 1)   Sat 6th May 10.30 - 3.00 pm. £35

See our Web site or Facebook events page for more information for these sessions. Contact the shop to book (email, phone or call in)

Monday, 13 March 2017

Embroiderers Guild at Tatton Park,Cheshire.

25-MAR-2017 TO 30-JUL-2017

About the Event: Exhibition of work by members of the Altrincham, Chelford, Warrington and Manchester branches of the Embroiderers' Guild inspired by the gardens and landscapes of Tatton Park, part of the Capability Brown Festival. Details of workshops on the Tatton Park website.  
Opening Times/Charges/Phone:
Mansion open Tuesday to Sunday
Tatton Park Mansion
Steward's Room

WA16 6QN
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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

House Style

25th March- 22nd October 2017

An exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion and adornment at Chatsworth.
Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue, will curate this landmark show with creative direction and design by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, the duo behind some of the most memorable fashion exhibitions of recent years.
House Style will demonstrate the power of fashion and bring to life the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family, including Bess of Hardwick, one of the most
powerful women of the 16th century; the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; and Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire. Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, two of the Mitford sisters; model Stella Tennant and John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy will also be central to the show.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Today's hands-on

We had a super afternoon making fabric postcards. There was a fantastic variety of approaches and styles.

Here are some of the works in progress. It would be lovely if you could bring along your finished postcards to the next meeting.