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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Town and Country Quilters October Club Night

Our inspirational speaker for the evening was well known former broadcaster Sharon Crosbie who told us about the trials and tribulations on embarking on a City and Guilds Textile course through distance learning.  She has attained her Certificate and is now working towards her Diploma.  The course is made up of various modules and we were shown multiple samples of the sorts of examples she had to create for the tutors.  This course is not for the faint-hearted and we heard all sorts of tales of things going wrong, light bulb moments of inspiration, and hard dogged work needed to work towards her goal.  (Sadly, I’m sure I would have fallen at the first hurdle).  Sharon shared her recipe for making clay beads with us, and related that this was just one of the new techniques she had to master as she progressed into her course.  Her talk was delivered in her trade-mark beautifully  modulated voice, which we had listened to on TV and Radio over the years, and she had us in stitches as she related one comical story after another of her efforts.

PA140060 Sharon Crosbie

Sharon Crosbie had an outstanding career in broadcasting and she has been awarded an OBE and voted television personality of the year for three successive years in the 1970s. Then in 2004 she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to broadcasting and the community.  But as well as these awards and many others, Sharon said that she can relate to our group of quilters, as we are all helping to keep the hand crafts alive for future generations.  She truly believes that doing something you love with your hands is better than therapy.  And she said, when she finally achieves her goal of her City and Guilds Diploma, that is the one she will be the most proud of and wants it engraved on her head stone!   And so speaks a true lover of hand crafts.


Nancy J said...

I have admired Sharon for many years, and what a great night you must have had. That has been a huge change in her life, from broadcasting to City and Guild, and I admire her all the more for taking this on.

Tawa said...

I wish I could have been there for this talk. I like the idea of doing City and Guilds, but Nancys Embroidery don't offer the textiles option. I even rang the City and Guilds people in Hawkes Bay to discuss it, but they said I would have to do correspondence. It seems something better done with the support of other students around.

Anonymous said...

Now that sounds like it would have been fascinating to hear, and fun to do so with friends.