Wednesday, 25 November 2015


A selection of our hand embroidered Christmas tree decorations displayed at St George's Church, Heaviley Stockport.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Maria Walker From Rags to Riches

Maria gave us a very entertaining account of the history of her textile art practice from the early days of City and Guilds through to her finishing a MA at Chester.

Her chance discovery of a bundle of letter from the 1930s led her to develop a body of work called the Lightfoot Letters on which she collaborated with a poet whose family life was chronicled in these letters. This exhibition is now on tour and currently at Salford Art Gallery. Well worth a visit. 

Maria bought a full range of samples of her work and was more than happy for us to handle them.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

AGM news

Our AGM this month was full of national, regional and branch news.

It was followed by a talk from Ann Ford entitled 'Cutting Edge'. Ann was fascinated by the wooden edging to the roofs of small local railway stations in Cornwall. She sketched them and at a later date used them as design elements for her work.

But the exciting news is that we voted in favour of changing our day to day name to 'Silk Town Stitchers'. This came about after our successful day standing at the local monthly market in Macclesfield in July as part of National stitch Day and the comments from visitors to our stall.  It is a more inclusive name and should dispel any elitist notion that the word Guild implies.

Here we are in the height of summer !!! Left to right, Margaret, Maggie, Ann, Jackie and Ann.

Despite the rather wet weather we stoically sat and stitches even though our fingers were like ice.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Folio Study Day

Here are two of the interesting pieces of embroidery from the Guilds vast collection. In March we had the opportunity to study these wide ranging examples in detail taking photos and making sketches so that we can interpret the designs, colours or shapes in our own style. These will then  be part of the June meeting when they will be on show to all members and a vote will be made.

 In May we had a study day when members came and worked on their designs along with any on going work they were involved in.

There was a wide range of work going on and a far amount of chat as well!!!!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

OCTOBER 2014 Lorna Knight

What a delight this re scheduled talk turned out to be. Dorothy our programme secretary pulled out all the stops with only a week to find a new speaker after the speaker for October had to pull out at the last minute. 
Lorna enthralled us with her life journey within the textile world from a degree followed by teaching in a middle school to working for Terry Fox and finally taking the big step to opening her Sewing Academy. 

She shared some of the secrets of the haute couture world and with a full range of examples gave us tips galore on how to improve our sewing results so that home made doesn't look home made.

Lorna also teaches a full range of workshops at Bambers Eccles

This is the tweed jacket that Lorna was whisked over to the States to make a video for Craftsy, the online workshop website.  It was extremely light as it only had two layers. The tweed right side and the silk lining, these were then quilted together. 

Lorna brought along some of the books that she has had published and she explained the process involved in getting a book published from the initial concept to the final layout. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014


This year's Rose Bowl winner was a contemporary take on white work. Margaret Steeden used vintage table linen as the base of a mini cushion covered in a range of embroidery stitches in varying cotton threads. These four pictures are close ups of the surface of the cushion.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014



What an interesting talk we had when Rachel grant came to talk to us in May about her journey back into art after having her children. It was all sparked while she was walking her youngsters around her neighbourhood in the 'Potteries' North Staffordshire. She was intrigued by the internal walls of half demolished houses

This inspiration led to these beautiful canvases that reflects everyday life.

Rachel's website is well worth a visit to see what she is up to now.