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The meeting was very well attended as we have quite a few new members.

There were two big birthdays and plants were given to Lynn Turner and Sue Lewis.

Our speaker was Maureen Crawford with a talk and demonstration on Kimono. Maureen who hails from Canada spent some time living in Japan and became interested in Kimono. She was able to buy old kimono in the markets and collected many examples. She talked about the different kinds of Kimono for eg. A wedding one or a mans formal one.

Kimono are make from fabric which is only 14" wide and this denotes the width of the sleeves, front and back. Maureen showed lots of beautiful kimono and dressed one of our ladies in a wedding kimono which is very heavy and hard to wear. She demonstrated the method of tying the Obi which is the long band of material which is wound round the waist and also showed Japanese socks and pattens. She is very funny and had us in stitches. At the end of the talk she showed us three of her quilts with Japanese themes as Maureen is an expert patchworker and quilter.

The competition was won by Karen Taylor with Molly Kennerly second.

Our next meeting is on 23rd. November. This is our annual meeting when committee nominations take place. The speaker is Dorothy Nichole with a talk on English Pub Signs. The competition is a quotation which will go on our programme next year.

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