November meeting reminder

A quick reminder of our meeting this coming Thursday 1st November.  All the usual information applies – President’s Hall, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane, Stone ST15 0EQ, 7pm for 7.15 start.  Remember your mug for tea or coffee!  Maggi Birchenough will be leading a full demonstration and practical session on feltmaking – there will be a kit for everyone so that you can try it for yourself and have something to take home.   Also you will be able to pick up next year’s programme of events and this month’s newsletter with the Block of the Month.  See you there!


Wool, warmth and felt

We’re hoping that lots of you will be able to join us at our November meeting.  There will be the usual tea & coffee service from the kitchen (remember to bring your mug), a newsletter with Block of the Month to collect, retail therapy from ZigZags and (hopefully) Angie’s Quilts.  The “main event” at this meeting will be our own Maggi Birchenough  demonstrating and helping us all get involved in feltmaking.  Maggi is a much-respected textile artist who has been most supportive of Staffs Patchworkers and this will be a great opportunity to learn some of her practical insights.  Kits are being prepared even as this is being typed, so everyone will be able to “have a go” and have something to take home   – Maggi suggests that we think “brooches and clips”.  We have also persuaded Maggi to bring  a selection of her yummy hand dyed fabrics to add to the retail experience.

On an official note, Committee nomination forms will be available at this meeting as our present Committee’s term of office ends next March at the AGM.

The meeting is at the usual place – The President’s Hall, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane, Stone  ST15 0EQ – and the usual time  7pm for 7.15 start – 9.30pm.

See you there!

October meeting report

African Blues” was the title of Magie Relph’s talk at our October meeting.  More than sixty of us sat spellbound as she told the story of indigo and some of the people who work with it. Wonderful slides from her travels in Africa were followed by gorgeous cloths, woven and/or dyed with indigo and Magie was extremely generous in passing around lots of examples to handle.

Our Show & Tell session before Magie’s talk included this vibrant hexagon top

probably 1880 – 90, silks and velvets, some deterioration but pristine colours including a fabulous fuchsia around the edge.

One of the fabrics printed at our Soup, Sewing & Sixties day had already been made into a bag

This bag arrived too late for Show & Tell –

All the Chairman’s Challenge packs have now been taken – remember the deadline is our Christmas meeting.  Our next meeting is Thursday 1st November when Maggie Birchenough will be our main “turn”, leading us through the delights of felting with kits for everyone to try it for themselves.

October meeting reminder

A belated reminder that our October meeting is Thursday 4 October at the President’s Hall, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane, Stone  ST13  7EQ – the speaker will be Magie Relph, owner of The African Fabric Shop, plus all the usual things such as raffle, show & tell, newsletter (with Block of the Month), another chance to pick up a Chairman’s Challenge pack.  Doors open 6.45pm, meeting starts 7.15pm, £4 on the door, bring a mug for your tea or coffee – see you there!