Red Hatters at Hardwick Manor Hotel – May 2018

On Thursday 3rd May the Red Hatters went to Hardwick Manor Hotel for a wine tasting evening.

It was well attended and everyone looked splendid with their Red Hats gentlemen included.

The meal was lovely and appropriate wines selected by the wine representative and explanation given for his choice appropriate for the food served at each course went down well.

I hope a good night was had by all, it certainly seemed as if all went home fulfilled.

Here’s  to our next adventure. Well done Evelyn

Report by Oonah Hackett

Patchwork Group visit to New Biggin

On March 20th four of the patchwork group ladies went to visit the textiles exhibition held in the Maritime Centre New Biggin by the Sea.

It was a small exhibition of work by several people incorporating appliqué and reverse appliqué pictures, embroidered pictures, fabric stamped work, felt work, clipped and carpet making technique work and other fine works of art using a range of textiles and beads.

It was a good day with spring sunshine to enjoy in lovely surroundings and fine company.

We even found a sewing and patchwork shop to visit with friendly staff.

And you have to have fish and chips at the seaside!

Report by Oonah Hackett

Patchwork Group Visit to South Shields Custom House.

Four of the group went to the Customs House Paddy Killer exhibition yesterday.

Her talent is historical lace from 16th 17th and 19th centuries and transferring the patterns onto silk and glass and paper. It is very intricate and beautiful work and some patters taken from her grandmothers samples.

It is a small exhibition but worth seeing if you are visiting South Shields before the end of March.

Report by Oonah Hackett

Patchwork Group Outing to Harrogate.

A few of our patchwork ladies went to Harrogate Quilting exhibition on Friday.

Instead of the usual display of quilts there was a display “Journeys in Stitch” by Gillian Travis.

All I can say and it was the consensus of the group the work was amazing and her talent of making a story picture from fabric bought on her travels was exceptional. I really enjoyed her work and it made a nice change to see a different exhibition.

There were some quilts on show and the standard of work displayed in these quilts was enviable and I for one was in awe of such talented ladies.

Money was spent as we become like children in a sweet shop when in the quilting environment with lots of goodies around and the draw of material of every colour and design is too much to resist. Here’s to the next time.

Report by Oonah Hackett