Your article: Embroidery talk was sew interesting

Brenda Stapleton showing some of her work.
Brenda Stapleton showing some of her work.

When members of Pocklington Women’s Institute arrived for their April meeting they could immediately see that an interesting evening was in store.

The speaker, Brenda Stapleton, was busy arranging an assortment of examples of embroidery and antique embroidery tools on two tables.

The first item she displayed, and explained the techniques involved in its making, was a large white Durham quilt made by Elizabeth Sanderson in the 19th century. She showed samplers and crewel work embroideries dating back many years and there were scissors, needle cases, and a large assortment of other tools from the early 1900’s.

She produced a sheet of belt buckles that would have appeared for sale in Haberdashers stores of that time. She told of some quilts made by a Mr Small in 1885. These comprised of thousands of very small fabric hexagons. To bring us up to date she said her mother was known as ‘the bag lady’ and made many bags in her lifetime, and how Brenda is following her tradition and then showed some of her own work. She invited her audience to see and feel these precious articles. The president, Barbara Ball, thanked her for such an interesting talk.

Following refreshments business matters were reported on. The quiz team was announced, invites to other Women’s Institute meetings given, as well as items from the East Yorkshire Federations Newsletter emphasised. The fourth Friday coffee morning will be held at The Feathers Hotel on 24 April at 10.30am. The raffle for the evening was drawn, also the draw for the flowers on the table given by Janet Collinson.

The results of the monthly competition for an old needlework tool was won by Jan Mitchell, with Tracey Kearsley and Ruth Pattison in second and third places.

The next meeting will be on 13 May in The Masonic Hall. The Mile, Pocklington when the resolution to be approved at the Women’s Institute Annual National Meeting in the Royal Albert Hall in June will be discussed.