Minutes

East Yorkshire Embroidery Society – June 2018
Minutes of the Meeting held on 12th May, 2018
Chair – HG
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and dealt with the usual housekeeping matters and H&S regulations. The minutes of the April meeting were signed – proposed by RB and seconded by BW. HG updated members on the implications of the new data protection regulations. She reassured everyone that no personal information/details would be passed on to anyone other than committee members without permission. VB is producing a revised membership form for next season which will be available in July. HG reminded everyone that the tick-box for “Over 60” is for special deals on tickets, etc.She also asked members to inform SB if they did not want their name to be photographed with their display work.
The AGM is fast approaching and the Chairman informed members that, following the recent committee meeting, there was a vacancy on the committee. Helpers were also needed for the stage display, with the door, and also with refreshments. HG also thanked our two young helpers who clear up at the end of the meeting, for all their invaluable help over a considerable period of time. They have decided to “retire” because of GCSE commitments.
The Vice-Chair announced the Chairman’s Challenge for next year’s Exhibition in Beverley Minster. This will be a 3D item on the theme of “My Pot of Gold” and could take the form of a bag, box, container, or freestanding 3D object. Obviously, the Exhibition is still some time away but VW suggested that we could all start thinking about our entries for the competition. SF reminded members about the proposed visit to the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate on 24th November. She also – on behalf of SM – opened the list for the Gail Lawther workshop on 14th October on “Doodlebugs” from her new book. There will be 20 places only on the workshop. Members who will be going on the Residential Weekend were reminded to pay any remaining money owed and also to order a kit if needed.
PB announced that there had been a number of donations made and that, to free up some space, there would be some free items available after the refreshment break. There was also a hand-quilter frame available to purchase at a cost of £125. These often retail at double this price and pictures were available for anyone interested.
SB asked members to bring items for the Cottingham Library display to the July meeting. These will be returned at the September meeting. JG reminded members that the usual loan items were available to borrow and that replacement rotary cutter blades in all sizes and “Microtex” machine needles – as recommended by Philippa Naylor – were available to purchase. AP gave a further update on the “Slice Quilt” group project that she had proposed at the last meeting. Ten members had indicated an interest in being involved in the project and AP suggested that two quilts would be possible.
HG announced that the next Eyelets meeting will take place on 31st May on the theme “Scaring the Crows”. She also gave out a notice from Walkington Quilters about a charity coffee morning on 26th May in Walkington Village Hall – admission £2 – together with a notice about their exhibition at Brandesburton Church on 3rd June.
There were six visitors at the meeting.
Next month’s speaker will be Greta Fitchett who will also be bringing her husband and his quilts. Her talk is entitled “Inspired by Colour – Textile Pieces each telling a Story”. HG then introduced Lindsay Roberts who rather intriguingly calls herself the “Border Tart” due to being brought up and also studying in the Scottish Borders. Lindsay gave a really interesting and well-illustrated talk describing her travels in India where she enjoyed a funded residency. She described indigo dyeing and block printing techniques and also her interest in Islamic geometric designs.
The Vote of Thanks was given by BS.
East Yorkshire Embroidery Society – May 2018
Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th April, 2018
Chair –HG
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and dealt with the usual housekeeping matters and H&S regulations. The minutes of the March meeting were signed – proposed by VB and seconded by MS. The Chairman proposed that, because of the new GDPR regulations and also the cost of printing, the monthly meeting minutes would be posted on our website and would be available for members to read a week before the next meeting. Names would be omitted, and initials and/or committee roles used instead. A small number of paper copies would be available each meeting – for those members without access to a computer – and one would be posted on the noticeboard. The Chairman also asked members to speak to committee members on any issues they would like discussing at the next committee meeting on 9th May. She also asked members to consider joining the committee at the AGM in July. There would be a number of vacancies and the Society will run more smoothly and effectively if those vacancies are filled. The Chairman also gave out notices of some forthcoming exhibitions, including Grasby Embroiderers’ exhibition entitled “Architecture” at Lincoln Central Library from 16th – 21st April.
Various committee members then gave short reports. Our Outings Organiser asked us to put 24th November into our diaries, this being the date of the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate. SM thanked all the Dabble Day tutors for making the day such an enjoyable and rewarding one for everyone. The workshop on 15th April, which will be led by this month’s speaker, will be the last one for the season. CA asked those going on the Residential Weekend to make their final payments today if possible and also to tell her of any specific dietary requirements. Our Librarian said that there were a number of new books in the Library and also that leaflets on Wool Appliqué were available for those who had participated in the workshop on Dabble Day. The Sales Table team informed us that there was nothing costing more than £1 on sale today and also that there was a box of free bits and pieces. SB thanked those who had contributed items for today’s display and also reminded everyone of the forthcoming Cottingham Library display which would promote the wonderful skills of our members. Items for this mini-exhibition can be brought to the July meeting and will be returned at the September meeting. JG informed members that she was now selling packs of sewing machine needles and also “bottom line” thread. Both items had been recommended to the Society by Philippa Naylor.
One of our members, AP, gave out some information about a group project idea that she had had which could go on display at our Exhibition next year. This would take the form of a “Slice Quilt”, rather in the manner of a David Hockney painting, which would use a variety of different stitching techniques. She asked anyone interested to see her during the tea break when she could show some examples. HG informed us that there had been about 24 children at the last Eyelets meeting who had thoroughly enjoyed making sock dolls. She was delighted at the degree of creativity that the children had shown – obviously a much enjoyed meeting. The next meeting will take place during the May half term holiday and will be the last of the season. The Secretary gave out several notices including one from the “Raw Edgers” group concerning their Patchwork and Stitching Exhibition in St. John’s Church, Goole from 5th – 7th May. There will be a preview evening on 4th May opened by Stuart Hillard, who will be showing some of his quilts. MW also informed members that there will be a Fashion Show on 28th June at Cottingham Parks Golf Club in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets are available from the Website Manager.
There were five visitors at the meeting today.
Next month’s speaker will Lindsay Roberts who calls herself “The Border Tart”. She is an indigo dyer and textile artist and will give a talk entitled “Tart’s Textile Travels”.
The Chairman then introduced this month’s speaker, Catherine Lawes, who gave a fascinating and beautifully illustrated talk entitled “From Here to There and Back Again”, which described her development as a textile artist in both the UK and New Zealand.
The Vote of Thanks was given by NB.
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