We are a group of women (but men are welcome!) who have an interest in textile art and embroidery. We are of mixed abilities and there is no need for you to be able to sew to come and join us - there are no tests!
New members are always welcome - why not call in and join us as a guest for a few months?
Meeting fee for visitors is only £5.
Our meetings vary - we have talks and workshops, show and tell - we also have lots of weekend workshops and playdays. For details of what's coming up (and what's been and gone!) check out our programme below...

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Margaret's Regional Day Success!

Despite a high number of entries and the exceptional quality of the competition, our Programme Secretary Margaret Walton won not one, but TWO prizes out of the seven on offer at Regional Day on 8th June.

Margaret won the prestigious Yorkshire and The Humber Region Challenge Cup for her 3D effect picture of dry stone walls on the theme of "Regional Heritage". Margaret will keep the cup for a year until it is handed to the next recipient (hopefully also from the Halifax Branch!) and she also won a cheque for £50. 

Margaret was also thrilled to hear that she had won Third Prize in the Coats Anchor Award for her witty take on the theme of Underground, with her appliquéd carrots and their lovely feather tops. Her prize was a certificate and a smashing box of threads and stuff kindly donated by Coats Anchor. 

The competition was judged anonymously by the morning speaker Rubina (Ruby) Porter from Merseyside, who was telling us about her inspirational work with orphans in Bangladesh - read all about her at www.megonline.co.uk/sree-pur-refuge/

Friday, 7 June 2013

June Meeting - Brooches and Homes

Unfortunately our booked speaker couldn't make it tonight due to illness, but luckily we had a few days notice - just time for Wyn to put together some lovely little packs of fabric and buttons for us to make a brooch each. Amazingly, we nearly all finished them too, despite the excitement of voting for the winners of our Annual Branch Challenge and news about all the exciting exhibitions, shows and fairs coming our way! 
Anyway, these are the results of our labours, which I'm sure you'll agree are right on trend!

Our 2013 Annual Branch Challenge had the theme of "HOME", for which we all bought a canvas of the same size (about 8" square) so that they would make a cohesive display in a future exhibition. 
We voted for the winners by putting 20p in a saucer next to the ones we liked the best. There was no limit on how many times you could vote, and proceeds went into our Branch funds. There were first and second prizes of £30 and £20 - worth making the effort for!

Our runaway winner was.......Anne Brooke with her lovely stitched collage. 

In second place was Jan Webster with her colourful garden-themed canvas.

In joint third place and no particular order, were all the others! 

Davina's crazy patchwork :

Sue Morgan's appliquéd coffee break :

Julie Turner's felted and funny washing line : 

Cynthia Smith's atmospheric collage with tricky edges :

Margaret Walton's imaginative seashore:

Sandra Wallace's (last minute!) pretty patchwork house :

Janice Townend's family-themed collage : 

Jane Clayton's quirky cartoon man and dog :

Sue Bellamy's ribbon-work Yorkshire Rose :

A big thank you to all the members who took part in the challenge, and to those who haven't quite finished theirs yet - don't give up!