Tuesday, 10 October 2017


Our sewing day in the Old Post Office Buildings in Altrincham town centre  turned out to be a sewing morning, as we were informed when we arrived that we could not stay for the afternoon.This was a pity as most of us had been looking forward to sampling  afternoon tea.
The butterfly theme was taken up by many members and there were many attractive results.

This was my attempt. i would like to add a few more. 

July Meeting

Vistors From Glossop

This month our speakers were  Ann Cornef and Chris Harris, two members of the Glossop branch.

Chris began by telling us about their links and work with a local primary school.

These are some of the delightful cushions that the children made with guidance from a small group of members.



The next speaker was Ann. She has worked in many techniques, including printing, batik,machine quilting  and making three dimensional articles.

This lovely box was my favourite piece.

Three of our members will be making a return visit to the Glossop branch on October 22nd.

Monday, 10 July 2017




All In Stitches

Our speaker  Dilys Roberts is one of our members, but this month she was wearing her patchwork hat.

She began by making us read her imaginary whiteboard writing to find the dates of her various quilting milestones, as a little audience participation.


Then we were shown some of her really beautiful quilts as she us the story of each one, including those which had been entered into exhibitions, won prizes and featured in magazines.


Everyone had really enjoyed this feast of colour, design and technique.

Sunday, 4 June 2017


May Outing

Our outing in May was to Leek in Staffordshire.

The day began with a drive through beautiful countryside in fine weather. The first stop for many when we arrived was for coffee and cakes, then exploring the town with a little retail therapy and lunch.

Our next destination was to All Saints' Church where we were met by Rowena Lovatt.

Rowena had been our speaker in May when she had told us the story of the Leek Embroideries.

For our visit she had arranged to have many of the embroideries out on display. She guided us round the works giving us much information and insight into the work, including pieces that she had worked on.

The day ended with another lovely ride home through more beautiful scenery.

The pictures below were kindly provided by Mary and Jenny as I had left my camera at home.




Friday, 2 June 2017


James Sharp 

Printing on Fabric

As a newcomer to textiles, James found a method of printing onto fabric that was simple and inexpensive. He bought different types of fabric from charity shops, and used commercial stamps to print onto them
He then found that the stamp pads normally used with these blocks dried up very quickly, so he began to use cheap acrylic  paints (mainly black) to print with. He makes a variety of items which include bags, books and aprons. I particularly liked the gardener's apron made from a heavy strong fabric with a nice big pocket.
After a demonstration, James invited members to try their hands at making a print.before having a look at the sales table.

As well as using all sorts of fabric for the covers of his books, James used mainly recycled paper for the pages too.

 this is one of the prints I made.

The two prints below are ones that I did at home afterwards. I printed some fabric using a Gelli plate, then added the images in the same way as James, with wooden stamps and black acrylic paint. I have also been using paints to print with instead of the commercial printing pads.