Sue Morgan, secretary of the South Cheshire Embroiderers' Guild, reports: "What a fantastic day! The promised heavy snowfall had not materialised and we arrived at Brookfield Golf Club in the rain. Members of the Committee were on hand to meet and greet the guests and to chat over coffee and biscuits. There was an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for prizes kindly donated by DMC and the mystery guest speaker. There was a great atmosphere, the buzz of conversation, the festive decorations and the peels of laughter all adding to the occasion.
"The mystery guest speaker was a lady who, by her own admission, was totally obsessed with 'twiddling and fiddling' – it was Jennie Rayment. She is a textile artist and author who is best known for fabric manipulation. Her talk was hugely entertaining and the samples of her work were a joy to behold. "Jennie's costume was unusual, red thigh length high heel boots and a long fabric manipulated calico dress. However, by the time she had finished her talk she was wearing a red swimming costume, a garter, a small camisole top, those same boots and was holding a delightful little bag made from a bra! As you can imagine the talk was very well received and a vote of thanks offered. Jennie then kindly signed books for members before leaving for Portsmouth.
"Then it was time for lunch. The tables had been nicely decorated and at each place there was a small hand-made Christmas bag containing a few chocolates – this was a present from the committee and a really nice touch. Once Grace had been said it was time to eat. The main courses were hot and tasty, the deserts diet busting and the level of service was excellent. It was a great opportunity to talk to old friends and make new ones. Mince pies and coffee followed with crackers being pulled and jokes and experiences shared.
"All too soon it was time to leave. We went home happy, smiling and very full. Can't wait until next year, the date is already in the diary (3rd December 2009).
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