Alnwick Centre WI, September meeting

Alnwick Centre WI and their guests from the Duchess’s High School textile department, thoroughly enjoyed the talk given by Kate Allport at their September meeting.

Kate is chairman of Alnwick Embroiderers Guild and an excellent needlewoman, having City and Guilds qualifications and an embroidery diploma.

She has won national prizes for her work and is currently exhibiting at Wallington.

As she said ‘textiles are tactile’ so she brought a large number of items for the members to hear about, look at and examine.

We heard that colour, line, shape, texture and form are the important points, her work certainly confirmed this. Modern embroidery is not just stitch.

We were informed about and shown many samples of unusual background materials and methods. She told of her inspirations, varying from the Lindisfarne Gospels to tiles and plants.

The talk and exhibits were enjoyed by all, not just the needlewomen in the company. Thank you Kate.

After tea, scones and cake, the WI events of the summer were mentioned and the meeting moved on to autumn and winter opportunities.

Various events at county level included gardening, cookery, quilting, driving/speed awareness and an international day featuring Brazil.

Alnwick Centre’s own events are a ‘go on the bus’ day to Craster; coffee (with an historical slant) 10am, October 3; knitting and chat, October 20, and a visit to Brizlee WI, October 24.

The monthly competition, an embroidered card, was won by Anne Anthonaiz. The birthday flowers were given to Margaret Gardener,

The next speaker will be Alan Fendley telling of Women at War. The competitions are a war souvenir and an autumn hat (ready for the Group competition). The meeting will be held in the Costello Centre on October 9, at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome.