April 11th - Mildred Higgins' Day 2015 'In Stitches' (literally) with Louise Gardiner!

posted 12 Apr 2015, 08:42 by Bronwyn Fleming

After much careful planning by members of the committee (and a very big thank you to Hilary Farley who organised the traders and booked the speaker) and a lot of help from branch members, assisting with a selection of wonderful cakes, administering the reception, selling raffle tickets, manning the branch table and collecting tickets on the door of the lecture theatre, the Guild opened its doors to 70 members and in excess of 90 guests.

On display in the main hall was the stunning stained glass piece and Lincolnshire Branch Banner worked by branch members as well as the equally lovely Monet/Klimt pieces. The competition “Figurative Fun” attracted some highly accomplished work from 20 entrants that was also on display so that members could make their choice and our guest speaker could also judge.

During a leisurely morning looking at a variety of stalls and seeing our talented demonstrators at work Brenda Scarman (Gold work), Jane Drummond (Crewel work) and Mary Winn (Japanese Braiding), members were able to take part in a Treasure Trail Quiz with some tough questions designed by Joan Panton,as well as indulging in cookies and coffee. 

After lunch, Bronwyn welcomed all and thanked everyone who helped, before announcing the guest speaker, the textile artist Louise Gardiner, whose talk “In Stitches” took us through her background as a farmer’s daughter with strong entrepreneurial skills, through her degree course and the development of her personal style and decision to work in figures. This was accompanied by a slide show featuring her work including the stunning quilt that Liberty’s commissioned from her. Bronwyn warmly thanked Louise for a most entertaining talk before Louise announced the prize winners of the Mildred Higgins’ competition. Louise remained after the talk to talk to visitors in the main hall, very generously answering questions on her work.

The prize winners were in the four categories as follows:-

Dee Jackson for technique, Brenda Scarman Speaker’s Choice, Jayne Hanson for Design and Bronwyn Fleming as Members’ Choice. Each was awarded a well-deserved Barnyarns voucher. The raffle was well supported with many prizes and this was drawn after the prize giving. Members were then able to take tea or coffee and cake and have a final browse around the stalls before ending a very enjoyable day,


Bronwyn Fleming,
12 Apr 2015, 08:42