Saturday, December 04, 2010

Trefriw Textile Market

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This is a photo of Mags behind the counter. Trish was very happy to be at the other end of the camera for a change. Today was the first day of the Textile Market organised at The Trefriw Woollen Mills. Considering the weather was rather miserable we had a good day and maybe tomorrow more people will be able to attend. There was a great atmosphere there between all the craft people.

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This stand to the left of us belongs to Helen Melvin and is very tempting, because it is full of goodies that can be used with the embellisher.

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Some of the other stall holders near us. I was sorely tempted to buy one of these. I don’t know how many stalls were there, but this is only a very small part of the market. We were in the Cafe and it was very useful for a snack and chat with friends. So if you live near and are free tomorrow it’s worth making the effort to visit.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A good meeting

For one reason or another I have been unable to go to my SerenTex meetings recently and I was so happy to join them all today and to see all they’ve been up to. We’d also like to say ‘Hi’ to our friend Sheila and to thank her for her generosity.


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These are lovely and will be for sale at the textile market. We have all been busy preparing for this Textile Market and there are more photos of work for sale on the SerenTex stand lower down in this post.


Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December, 2010 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hand made Christmas gifts, plus materials and equipment for textile makers.

Demonstrations on Sunday morning.

Exhibitors include:- Anne Campbell, Wendolyn Docksey, Helen Melvin, Ann Hughes, Serentex, Crafty Ladies, Mandy Coates, Christine Birch, Maggie Oliver.

Trefriw Woollen Mills, Main Road, Trefriw, Conwy Valley, LL27 0NQ.

Tel: 01492 640462

in the centre of Trefriw on the B5106 between Conwy and Betws-y-Coed

Below is a small selction of the work for sale made by SerenTex members.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gwyneth’s Workshop


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Yesterday’s workshop was given by Gwyneth and we were all pleased to see her looking a lot better after her recent illness. She had us all Doodling on paper and then transferring our doodles onto fabric and stitching them in any way we wished. It was a fun project which I’m sure everyone enjoyed. for some reason I seem to be forgetting to take my camera with me to SerenTex recently, so I took these photos with my mobile phone. I had a lot of photos in it, but no way of getting them into my computer, but I have a Bluetooth USB adapter now and it was easy to transfer them.


Here they are busy doodling.


We love having visitors from time to time and this week Sue brought a lovely young lady from France with her. She is Marion (I hope I have spelt it correctly) She is a ship’s engineer who is also very good at doodling and stitching from what I saw.


We are all supposed to be preparing for our stand at Trefriw Woollen Mills on Saturday and Sunday, the 4th and 5th of December and as usual the ones who had work to show were Gaynor who’s made some lovely quilted bags as shown above and Rosemary who has made some beautiful soft scarves to sell. I didn’t get a photo I’m afraid. Next meeting I hope a few of us will bring some work that has developed from the workshop and that I will remember to take my camera. I mustn’t forget the lovely chocolate cake made by Rhiannon again. She does spoil us all.

At the next meeting a few SerenTex members are bringing their laptops and we will have a little play with a graphics programme during the meeting.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Gaynor’s quilted bag


I found a better photo of Gaynor’s bag within a bag.

A perfect afternoon


This is Janine’s lovely new studio. she has waited a long time for this because of the ‘Bats’. Yes, Bats! She wanted to create a studio from her barn, but because of the rare breed of bats that lived in the barn it took a long time to solve the problem and to be granted permission for the conversion. Now they have a home in part of the barn and Janine has her studio in the rest. It’s a perfect place for her to create her lovely quilts.


Can’t you tell Rhiannon used to be a teacher? (smile) This is a small part of Janine’s studio.


Fabrics dyed by Janine, we all wanted them, but these will be sold at the Helfa Gelf, the Welsh version of the Open Studios which she is having in the new studio Friday 10th Sat 11th, Fri 17th Sat 18th, Fri 24th Sat 25th. Open from 11am – 5pm except Friday 10th which is open until 9pm..

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I missed the last two sessions of SerenTex when Janine gave them a workshop making lovely book-covers like the one Rosemary finished on the left. The little purse on the right was also made by Rosemary using the woven piece she made after Trish’s workshop.


Rosemary also made this bag using a pattern designed by Gwenfai Rees Griffiths, the famous Welsh quilter.


This lovely quilted bag with the chocolate theme was made by Gaynor, the inside is rather special as there is a bag inside the bag, but it was too difficult to try and photograph it.


Wherever you find SerenTex meetings you will find food. So here is my plate of fresh wholemeal scones with jam and clotted cream. Mmmmm!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


 will have to catch-up with Plas Tan y Bwlch another time because today I had a lovely visitor who reminded me I hadn’t posted a blog about our lunch at The Ruthin Castle Hotel. go and have a look at their website, it is a fantastic place and we were given a royal welcome with wonderful food, beautifully served. It really is a magical place.
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We had not been expecting in this special dining room, but that is where we had our meal.
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Just look at this chandelier!
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This is Miriam the birthday girl. We didn’t come here especially for her but it did make the visit even more special.
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This is some of the food we had.
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My plate above is clean. But can’t you tell what Mary thinks of it? Carol is also enjoying it too.
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But not half as much as Janine and Rosemary. I think we’d do well to have a little choir in SerenTex.
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This is not a good photo of Miriam because the window was behind her, but it does show her with her gift and a doggie bag for Celyn (Holly) the dog.

This peacock gave us a real show. His wife and family took no notice of him.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Plas Tan y Bwlch(June)

We all had a very productive time at Plas Tan y Bwlch again this Summer and I took loads of photos, but have been too busy to post them. I will attempt to share them with you bit by bit.

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But as you can see from the next few photos we do much more than laugh and eat at Plas.

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I like this one!

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Maggie and Jenny are honorary members and come with us to Plas.

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A bird’s eye view.

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Work to follow.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


Plas Tan y bwlch(end of June) AGM(today 3rd August)

I don’t know what was going on here as someone else took this photo. I can promise you it was just good spirits and she definitely hadn’t been drinking.


We always have a good laugh at our SerenTex meetings and especially so at Plas Tan yBwlch.

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This is Joan and as always she created some wonderful work.

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Today I saw the finished work at our AGM.

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Today we launched Joan’s new Powder Room and the work was especially made to hang here. Carol and Miriam were persuaded to try it for size.

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Food is a very important part of SerenTex life, the more fattening the better.

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The only time we are serious and quiet is when we are eating.

I will have to have another Plas Tan y Bwlch catch-up tomorrow and it will probably have to be in 2 or 3 posts.