|At our recent AGM - much to think about after Ann Lowe's|
talk on what was needed to keep our branch viable.
So this year, our AGM took a somewhat different form, allowing time for members to put forward suggestions for keeping the branch viable, which has been of paramount concern for many months. Changing Committee roles will mean fresh input, and offers of help with meetings (members sharing necessary tasks) will certainly help. Being a rural group has its problems - and we must rely on everyone to spread the word as to who we are and what we do: meetings with speakers, workshops and sewing days.
This Blog is not a 'private members only' affair, so do please forward any post to friends or acquaintances and encourage them to sample some of what we offer. And for those who are still mystified by what a 'blog' is: an abbreviated form of 'weblog' originating in the 1990s, it is digital version of a newspaper or newsletter (without the constraints of 'copy-fitting') and with the huge advantage that links to external websites or other online information can be provided for readers at the click of a button - or rather mouse.
MOVING ON: Autumn activities have been fascinating, with members kindly providing outlines of what we have enjoyed. So even this blog has a communal slant.
|Watching the secrets of 'Folding Boxes'|
(image courtesy Caroline Walker
|Chris Walker demonstrates the basic folded box structure|
(image courtesy Carolyn Walker)
Once we had constructed several foldable trays, Ruth showed us the basic twisted cube, which miraculously pops out when the paper is coaxed in the right way. This provided the perfect base for decoration using paints, gel pens or paper cuts. The finished item could be used on a card or as a gift, for storing seeds, CDs, or other small flat items. I suspect there will be several workshop attendees who now share Ruth’s obsession for these beautiful yet functional items!" Editor's note: Clare has written many items for both this Blog and our e-newsletters but unfortunately our meetings now clash with her other activities. We wish her all the very best.
|Yvonne Brown's work took one's breath away.|
Editor's note: I discovered that Yvonne focussed particularly on medieval floor tiles as an inspiration, and that I had a book of hers to which I have referred many times in my personal work. A new edition has been recently published, available at a reduced price by clicking this link.
|'Top Table' at the Regional AGM - new regional committee|
had much to discuss
SEWING DAYS: Support for these relaxing days (four hours including our own picnic lunch) fluctuates - not always the same people - and there's no obligation to attend. They offer such a marvellous opportunity to get to know each other, catch up on our own personal projects, or work on a Branch challenge; and even swap information on techniques. The last couple of sessions have revealed some interesting work.
|Hannah stitching a 'sewing day' project, though not the|
one she describes - just in case .....
|Work in progress - stimulated by Margaret Wilmore's|
Norfolk adventure at Cas Holmes' workshop.
|Ann's work in progress - only the motif bottom right has been|
stitched so it dissolves into the background.
|(permission obtained to|
publish this photo)
|Well done Issy!|
|Even Northern Rail are spreading the word!|