Wednesday, 3 October 2007


The AGM this year was well attended and after the agenda was finished members voted on the Rose Bowl entrants. The range of exhibits was very pleasing from the traditional to the more contemporary and this range was reflected in the winner and runner up.

Hazel Weselby with her fabric book and the Rose Bowl. Pat Rigley came second only one vote behind with a wonderful piece of hardanger.

A selection of bags brought by members for the exhibition of bags of all shapes and sizes.

Sunday, 2 September 2007


These photgraphs were taken at the Stitch and Creative Crafts Show at Manchester Central (formally GMEX) 1st September 2007.

The North West region of the Embroiderers Guild had a large stall and a very impressive display of elected work by the Region's branches to represent our celebration of the Guild Centenary in 2006.

There were nine exhibits by members of the Macclesfield Guild.

The seven pincushions based on a 17th century man's cap as well as Pat's work took centre place on the display table along with other vessels and artefacts.

Close up of the work of seven members, Barbara Cheeseman, Sue Guy, Chris Harris, Ann Holmes, Janet Toft, Anne Williams, Margaret Waring.

View of the top of Pat's knot garden box.

Little Moreton hall inspired alot of black and white pieces along with Elaine and Hilary's sampler.

Close up of the sampler inspired by Little Moreton Hall.

Friday, 20 July 2007


Margaret Waring has been busy!!!!!!!!

She sent me this set of photos with a few words of explanation.

My Granddaughters have their birthdays within three months of each other, Becky in June, Hannah in July and Courtenay in August. The bags are all very simple in shape, measuring about 18cm x 12cm.

Becky's is made from a pink silk scarf (from Smarts in Bollington) and embellished with french knots and beads, it fastens with a Dorset knob button because I am practising button making for a workshop in the Autumn at Macclesfield Museum.

Hannah's is made of silk from the Museum's shop and decorated with lines of beadwork using oddments from my cache.

Courtenay's is made entirely from recycled material from the 2 Charity shops in Poynton. The beautiful Indian embroidery was on a size 10 basque (£1) and the back from a black pelmet skirt, even the cord and silver thread were second hand.

By tradition all three got a little money slipped inside plus a favourite sweet - an Uncle Joe's mint ball!

Thursday, 21 June 2007



This month we were treated to a very inspiring talk by Greta Fitchett who warned us all at the beginning that we would be wearing sun glasses by the end of the hour - and she wasn't joking. Her work, mainly quilts were vibrant and most definately colourful!

This scaled model of a dress was mainly FME with wire to support the structure.

Greta has a fixation with Cockerels and amused us with her tales of how she sits in graveyards around the country with binoculars and sketch book taking note of all the different shapes. No two are the same she assured us. She did all the dyeing of the fabric for this quilt.

Greta's inspiration for this large quilt was Venice and in particular the shapes of Murano glass and beads.

Too much colour!

The base quilt was made from actual photographs of Great's patio flowers.
The small two cushions on top have flowers in relief.

These two wall hanging were inspired by rugs that Greta has seen on her travels to Istanbul and Morocco.
If you want to see more of Greta's work go to her website