We had a lovely Branch day out last Saturday (if I do say so myself). Around 20 of us set off from Halifax at 9 and our first port of call was the Silk Museum at Macclesfield. None of us had ever visited before and we were all impressed by this small and friendly museum. It is actually spread over 4 sites, but we concentrated on the Park Street mill where it was the last day of the Embroiderers' Guild Travelling Stitches exhibition. Both were well worth seeing - we all want to go back to see the silk weaving machines in action! The threads were almost unbelievably fine, even the width of a ribbon took a huge loom to weave.
The EG exhibition had examples of all types of embroidery, both vintage and modern, and it was inspiring to see all the skilful stitching, before refreshing ourselves with tea and home-made cakes.
After we had had a quick look round the town and foraged for lunch, we travelled on to the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight - a lovely place to visit with an inspiring collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in a beautiful building. The cafe and home-made cakes again featured in our plans before we set off again, for the Voirrey Embroidery Centre at Brimstage, only a few minutes down the road. The centre is situated in a courtyard with several other interesting shops (and a cafe...) where we all managed to spend a little or a lot before returning to Halifax for about 6. We all agreed that we would like to make our outing an annual event and are busy thinking where we can go next year.