Keswick Embroiderers' Guild

We meet on the third Thursday of the month, September to May, 10am -3pm, at the Friends' Meeting House in Keswick. This is in Elliot Park, just beside Booths' carpark. Arrive at 9.45 for coffee and biscuits! We also meet informally during the Winter to work on our own projects.
We are happy to be be back in our familiar space after floods damaged the building so badly.
A small and friendly group, we meet to celebrate textiles and stitch, and we share between us a wide range of interests and expertise. Visitors and new members are always welcome.


Monday, 22 May 2017

North West Regional day



Keswick's visit to the Regional Day 2017

Four of us had such a good day at the EG Northwest  Regional  Day last month. We set off for a short hop down theM6 and arrived just in time for coffee in a smart new building on the campus of Cumbria University. Having registered and bought our raffle tickets, we found the  display area of the Lancaster group and then the traders' stands in a huge hall at the end of a very long corridor.
There were lots of lovely, reasonably-priced goodies for sale. Little packets of beads, buttons, threads, etc. and lots of lovely books-all very tempting, and the traders were very helpful, too. The competition pieces were well-displayed and we all made our choice. We then walked back to the Lecture hall where we had the business meeting and soon it was time for lunch-good food in a lovely canteen on the top floor of the new building, with fabulous views over Morecambe Bay.
The afternoon lecture was great.
Nicola Jarvis explained her career path, including her apprenticeship in The Royal School of Needlework, her interest in the patterns of William Morris, and finally her discovery of the use of his patterns within bird shapes, which had created attention in various Arts and Crafts houses and museums. Once finished, the prize-winners were presented with their awards by Nicola, who showed great interest in their pieces. 
after the final goodbyes by the team, who deserve a lot pf praise for their organisation of a good day, we set off back north, still in bright sunshine and very satisfied with a good day-especially me, because I won one of the raffle prizes!
Lovely stuff.

Pat Knifton, Keswick Branch