Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas Party

The Christmas meeting welcomed members who took part in a Snowman Drive, were entertained by some members of the committee who performed a mini pantomime, were visited by a rather sad looking Christmas fairy, selected a Christmas gift, voted for a favourite Christmas decoration and enjoyed a mince pie with their tea.  Many were inspired by suggestions for Olympic postcards, and they will be working on them at the January meeting.

Casalguidi Workshop

Wynn Ingham returned to the Branch in November and led a very successful workshop.  Not only did she keep us occupied with learning the stitches we needed to work our piece of work, but  she kept us entertained with her sense of humour.  We did not finish our piece of work, but went away inspired to continue with this enjoyable method of embroidery.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

York Guild - Olympic Postcards

Elsie and I visited the York Guild on Saturday, we both did different mini workshops. Elsie made a card & I made a miniature bag ideal for small gifts. We both enjoyed the meeting having lovely Christmas cake made by a member with our tea.  Kaffe Fassett will be giving a talk in September and tickets are available from January.
Pictures of their completed Olympic Postcards were on display see photographs and there was a competition for a gift bag.

Friday, 4 November 2011


Saturday 10 December
Reminder to members that this will be an afternoon meeting from 2 until 4.
We will be making Olympic Postcards in January please think about your design this month in preparation.


Saturday 19 November from 10 am
Wyn Ingham gave us an afternoon talk earlier in the year and is returning to do a full day workshop using the Casalguidi  techniques demonstrated at the talk, to make a bag.  Members are looking forward to Wyn's return as she was an interesting speaker and we all enjoyed the experiment with stitches.

Saturday, 9 April 2011


Pauline Hannon was elected as Chairman of the Embroiderers' Guild at the AGM in Dundee and takes over the role from Anthea Godfrey.

Two new members have also been co-opted onto the Yorkshire & the Humber Regional Committee - Sue Giles, former Chairman at City of York Branch, and Jeni Turner, currently Treasurer at Huddersfield Branch. More volunteers are still required so please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Johnston if you are at all interested in becoming involved.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Several members of Nidderdale Branch enjoyed a day of stumpwork at The Quilt Museum in York under the guidance of talented tutor Nicola Hulme. There were two kits available either mushrooms or berries plus lots of examples of Nicola's work.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


We are proposing to have a coach to the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 26 March. Leaving Harrogate at 8am arriving around 10.30 and returning at 4.30, back to Harrrogate about 7pm. Can anyone interested in travelling with us contact Sue Hadley as soon as possible at the following email address:
The trip can only go ahead if we have a full coach.
Cost including entrance ticket £25, seniors £24.


Ruth Brown from Stone Creek Silk is giving a talk on the progression in her work from college to the silk items she produces today.

Saturday, 19 February 2011


Our workshop with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden was a very interesting and varied day, an excellent workshop enjoyed by all. We thought we could knit and crochet but using wire instead of wool gave a new dimension to our skills. We began with samples of garter stitch with various thread thickness then began adding beads, after lunch we moved on to crochet again beginning with basic stitches and adding glass beads. Alysn gave us lots of ideas, it's just down to us now to use our imagination and experiment.

Thursday, 27 January 2011


DEVORE DABBLING - 19 March 2011
A talk with a bit of dabbling from Dionne, starting at 2pm.
There will be a kit available for those who would like to have a dabble making devore at a cost of £3.


Knit and crochet fine coloured wires with beautiful glass beads to create small treasures which may be for jewellery, small hangings or accessories for your embroideries.

Cost for the day £10 members of Nidderdale Guild, £15 for visitors. From 10 until 4, coffee & biscuits provided,please bring along you lunch.

Alysn will bring along many of the requirements to purchase or borrow as appropriate, items marked with * will be available in this way.

Coloured craft wire - 0.2mm(though 0.3mm and 0.5mm could be experimented with) at least 1 reel.*
Selection of beads of different sizes up to approx. 8mm, and vary the styles & surfaces of beads.*
Crochet hook(s) at least one around 3mm but any others from 0.75 - 6mm as extras.*
Knitting needles from small to large.*
Lids or shallow pots to spread your beads in *
Small pair of scissors for general use.
Additional lighting such as a small lamp.
Be prepared for close work for much of the day so please bring glasses magnifiers if you need them.
Jewellery fixings if you have any.*

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Happy New Year to everyone,

As we did not have our December meeting because of the weather I need to advise you of the programme for January.
There are three members workshops, Stephanie Mawdsley - Wheat Ear Stitch workshop;
Val Orr - Dorset Buttons & Sue Hadley - Ribbon Catherine Wheel a Sue Schofield kit.

Requirements for the three workshops are as follows:

Various thickness of threads
a basic sewing kit including a variety of needles
A frame if you prefer to use one
Notebook & pen/pencil

Val Orr
Brass Curtain rings - 3/4 inch minimum various sizes or 4-6 same size if you want to make a set
Strong thread in neutral colour or coloured (button thread,Fine crochet, fine perle- not stranded. Wool could be used on a larger curtain ring.
Tapestry needles to take the thread
Small sharp pointed scissors
(Val does have a supply of curtain rings if you need any.

Sue Hadley:
Sharp scissors to cut ribbon