Monday, 3 September 2018

September - Mini Books

We enjoyed a busy and enjoyable meeting on the 1st September, welcoming new members to their first meeting, Eric still visiting from Australia and Michelle on her sabbatical from New Zealand. There has been a lot of illness amongst member’s families recently, and we send very best wishes to Sue, Eric, Estella and others.

The Croxteth event on  Bank Holiday Sunday was wet and rather cool,  but we did sell some books, amazingly. Such a shame when Brenda and others had worked so hard. Thanks to Janet for helping out. Brenda is also heavily involved in the Merseyside Embroiderer’s Guild ‘Endeavour’ exhibition at the Anglican Cathedral, running from September 22nd to the 29th. She brought along the visitor’s book which is intended to showcase what skills we have as a group. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE :The Endeavour embroiderer's exhibition will end at 4pm on Friday September 28th, not Saturday 29th as stated on fliers and posters.

The Frankenstein Exhibition is moving to Knowsley, and we may be involved in a demo there later in the year, so more on that at a later date. If you didn’t catch the exhibition in the library, you can still see it until January at the Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley

Our making session concerned miniature books, and several members had brought examples along. We discussed the problems of selling small books for a decent price, and wondered about the merits of selling them in bundles. The book we actually made is a downsized version of  Heidi Kyle’s fishbone book, which is easier to make than the full-sized original. Much concentration and muttering ensued as this is a book form where accuracy is key. The second book was generally felt to be much better than the first as everyone got their heads around the various folds. If you’d like to have a go, the best instructions I’ve found are at the Green Chair Press website-it’s American, hence the instructions in inches. 

Our usual October meeting has been moved from the central library due to anticipated congestion for the giant puppet event. Instead we are going to a wood in the Wirral which Frances had kindly arranged, and from which we hope a new lot of books will be generated by the December meeting. More instructions will follow, so check this blog for travel and other details please, but in essence we will gather at the Costa Coffee shop in Heswall, Wirral at 10.30 a.m. on October 6th, whatever the weather!

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