Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers
        Thursday December 5th is our last meeting of this year, so let’s make it a good one.
       It isn’t too late to bring in a fat quarter for  the Charity Tombola in aid of our local first responders or toiletries for another Christmas stall. We will also have as usual our Retail Therapy for those last minute gifts for quilters. Festive punch will be available along with other Christmas Fayre to start the evening with a swing. Don’t panic drivers, the punch is non-alcoholic.
      The 2014 programme will be available so make sure you pick one up. Heather has made sure that it is filled with interesting speakers and events and you will be able to find out who is on Retail Therapy duty at each meeting.
     Remember that there is NO MEETING in January and Jane Lockley will kick off the New Year for us  on Thursday 6th February with , “Have a go at stamping on fabric“.
    Just in case  you cannot be with us on Thursday then I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
                                                         Val.
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November events round up

Soup and Sew, Sonatas and Sixties
Saturday was our Soup and Sew day. We decided that we needed tranquil music to start with as many of us had had a frantic week, but it did gradually get more upbeat as the day progressed.

A mixture of crafts emerged from bags including knitting, crochet, advent calendars, quilts nearing completion and all sorts of finishing off projects.

Lunchtime was called. Whatever had happened to the morning? Marlene’s delicious home made soup was so good that it stalled the conversation for a moment and second helpings were very much enjoyed before we got back to the tasks in hand.

Such a shame there was not more of us there.

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Sashiko Soiree
Rebecca Ayton treated us to a very humorous talk about the history of the Japanese art of Sashiko (pronounced sashko). She explained the history of this Japanese art and the cultural significance of the patterns.
Rebecca had us laughing as she recounted her experience of making the school pinny and how it turned her off sewing. I think we have all been there at some point. Needless to say she discovered years later that sewing could be fun and colourful. There were anecdotes aplenty about travelling in China and losing luggage with laughter halting the talk.
Rebecca had brought along some of her Kokeshi dolls, one of them being a treasured possession and showing on its costume all the Sashiko patterns.
We all enjoyed examining her samples of designs and garments, and her invisible bed quilt was just fabulous (you needed to be there to understand this!).
All in all it was a very good evening and I hope it will not be too long before we see Rebecca in this area again.

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