Saturday, 19 December 2009

It's nearly........CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!!!!!

On behalf of the ERTF Committee I would like to wish all the members and readers of this blog

A Very Happy Christmas,
A Wonderful New Year !

This year I think ERTF can say was a success! We held our First Major Exhibition in Cambridge, there were lots of networking events held throughout the regions and of course the AGM in April and The Conference in November.

2010 promises to be even more exciting, ERTF will be at Textiles in Focus Cottenham in February for the first time. Some members of ERTF will be travelling to Jersey in March to join in with the Textiles Showcase. We are also privileged to have been offered a chance to have a stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander Palace in October. We will also be exhibiting our work at the Warner Archive during the summer to celebrate the centenary of Owen Jones.These are just a few of the events that are planned, so WATCH THIS SPACE! We are taking textiles forward...........

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Hertfordshire Get Together

Hertfordshire members next get together will be in North Herts on Wednesday 27th January at 10.30 a.m. A new member has offered to hold the meeting at her home, this is an excellent opportunity to network. For more information please go to the members website, you'll find all the information you'll need to attend under Hertfordshire, Events and Workshops.

Members from all regions are very welcome to attend.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Textiles in Focus

ERTF will have a small stand to promote ourselves at Textiles in Focus at Cottenham Village College - Friday 19th - Sunday 20th February 2010
Details about the 2010 show will be appearing soon on the Textiles in Focus website:

There will be a display of members work and leaflets to give out. It is a busy event with lots of interested visitors, so it is a really good place to advertise ERTF. Cambridge member Jenny Langley is offering to co-ordinate our stand but she will need plenty of help from other members - at least two people for each morning and afternoon session to steward the stand and another couple of people to help with setting it up and taking it down.

On Friday and Saturday the show runs from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm. Setting up is on Thursday the 18th from about 9am. If you are helping on a stand, you get into the event free (entry is £4) - so if you come for the day, and do a half day slot - 9.45am to 1.30 or 1.30 - 5pm, you would also get a chance to look around/ do a workshop etc. Sunday is the quietest day

If you think you can help please send a message via the Cambridge rep. Thank you!


Some excellent news for us all, we have been given free space at the Knit and Stitch Ally Pally next year. So keep 6th to 11th October 2010 (show dates 7th to 10th) free as it will be all hands to the pump. See on the web site under Members Section, Committee News as to how you can help and get involved.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Exhibition with warm cafe attached

Once the New Year celebrations are over, and the decorations have come down, do something for yourself!
Come and see our exhibition in Mistley [Essex - Suffolk border] behind the Swan Pond, opposite the Thorne [excellent pub food].
Three Forum members - plus two former members and one stray lace maker will be very pleased to welcome you.
contact glen for further info.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Christmas Dinner

A small but select group enjoyed the ERTF Christmas Dinner at Tewinbury Farm restaurant last night.

Wonderful food and excellent company!

Thank you Marian (hiding behind the decorations!) for organising it!

If you subscribe to Workshop on the Web... a reminder to check out the latest edition which has an article by your Cambridgeshire rep!

Word to the wise

IMO Two nice things happened this week.
Workshop on the Web [ £15 annual fee I think, edited by Maggie Grey] produced a particularly interesting edition this month
FiberArts magazine [Jan/Feb edition] to which I also subscribe [ for info] has some equally interesting stuff, including a section on Felt maker Lisa Klakulak.
We need something to sustain us in this festive month.