Monday, 4 March 2019

Booking open for Sewing Retreats in 2019 and 2020

Bookings are now being taken for the Guild of St Clare sewing retreats in November 2019 and February 2020. Both will be held at Douai Abbey in Berkshire.



We are very happy to welcome back Fr John Hunwicke as chaplain to our November retreat. This will be a particularly special occasion as we will celebrate the feast of All Saints and of All Souls during the weekend - the dates are 1st-3rd. To book for November 2019, click here.



Assisting us for the first time as chaplain at our February retreat (28th Feb-1st March 2020) will be Fr Stephen Morrison O. Praem, of the Norbertine community at Chelmsford. To book for February 2020, click here.

As well as the usual mending, we also have a quantity of vestments to be made from scratch, which may be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about how they are constructed. 

Don't miss your chance to register - places are strictly limited!


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Sewing Retreat Spring 2019: photos and report

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This year's spring Guild of St Clare Sewing Retreat, like last year's, took place in the snow: last time it was the 'Beast from the East' in early March. By now we knew the route up Boars Hill which doesn't turn into a toboggan run for cars, so the disruption was manageable. I had even bought the car some 'snow socks' and other widgets for bad weather, which came in handy.

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The last day of the Retreat, Sunday, also happened to be St Blaise's feastday, and we had the Blessing of Throats.

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Lots of sewing was done, and various large projects for the Latin Mass Society and others were brought closer to completion. The Retreat was sold out--numbers are limited--and much edified by Fr Edward van den Burgh's spiritual conferences, Masses, and other devotions, and also by his joining in the sewing himself! He went home with advice on the repairs of one liturgical item he had brought with him and completed repairs on others.

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Many thanks to the Guild of St Clare for organising another successful retreat!

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Vestment mending days in London in 2019

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The Guild of St Clare in the LMS Office

Last spring we had, experimentally, two very successful vestment mending days in the Latin Mass Society's Office in Macklin Street, London. The Office houses the two sets of architect's drawers where the bulk of the LMS vestment collection is. The collection covers the complete range, from fine pieces in good condition, to things which are not presently usable, because of missing items from sets, and things which need a significant amount of work. 

Working vestments need constant attention. Edges fray, hooks and eyes get pulled, linings gradually wear through, gold-work needs couching down, and embroidery repairing.

A situation which is perfect, of course, for the Guild: presenting us with fine work to examine and keep in tip-top condition, pieces needing only basic skills to tackle, potential for projects to make things from scratch, and everything in between. These have already provided work for the Guild's sewing retreats. We have also made a start labeling, photographing, and cataloging the collection.

To carry on the project, in the first half of 2019 we will have three more vestment mending days in London, this time in conjuction with server-training events organised by another guild affiliated to the LMS, the Society of St Tarcisius.

Dates: training days start at 10:30 am.

February: Saturday 16, at St Mary Moorfields

March: Saturday 9, at at St Mary Moorfields

May: Saturday 11, at Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick St


Booking is required because space is limited: just email the Guild: lucyashaw@gmail.com. There is no fee.

Venues

St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon St, London EC2M 7LS, between Moorgate and Liverpool Street Tube Stations (click for a map).


Our Lady of the Assumption, 10 Warwick St, Soho, London W1B 5LZ, near Piccadilly Tube Station (click for a map).

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Book your place on the Sewing Retreat

Bookings are now open for both forthcoming Sewing Retreats. Registration for the one at Douai Abbey, taking place from 23rd-25th November 2018, can be completed here. For the retreat at Boars Hill, 1st-3rd February 2019, book here.


Young retreatants at work on a hand-embroidered cope


Places are limited on both these retreats: please don't delay if you are keen to come.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Second annual sewing retreat

Owing to the colossal demand for places on our annual sewing retreat at Boars Hill (the number of people on the waiting list was greater than the number of retreatants) we have organised a second retreat for this autumn which we hope will also become an annual event.

Douai Abbey and retreat centre


It is taking place at Douai Abbey, in Berkshire, from 23rd to 25th November 2018. The schedule will remain the same as our Boars Hill retreat: traditional liturgical devotions, sewing sessions when we will repair and make vestments, and spiritual conferences from our chaplain.


How the abbey will probably look while we're staying there

Booking is opening on the LMS web page on 23rd April. Places are very limited so please do not delay in booking yours.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Sewing Retreat at Boars Hill Carmelite Retreat Centre 2019

We are happy to be able to confirm that next year's Sewing Retreat will take place at Boars Hill Carmelite Retreat Centre from 1st to 3rd February.



Our chaplain will be Fr Edward van den Bergh of the London Oratory, who will give us spiritual conferences to accompany the traditional liturgy and devotions.

Fr Edward celebrating a Requiem at St Benet's Hall, Oxford

We will be tackling a number of repairs and commissions during the sewing sessions, and there is an optional embroidery kit for anyone with the energy for an extra project.




Bookings will open on the LMS website on 23rd April.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Bobbin Lace Workshop

To complement our new fortnightly bobbin lace-making course with Clare Auty, we are holding a one-day lace workshop with one of our most experienced and skilled tutors, Liz Baker.

Liz tutoring a small Guild member


This will be an opportunity to try lace-making for the first time, to start a new lace pattern or to continue with existing projects that need a kick-start.

Liz starts everyone off with a beautiful lace snake with beaded eyes


It will take place on Friday, 20th April in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, running between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Lunch will be provided - also tea, coffee and possibly some Easter goodies! For more details or to book, please contact me on lucyashaw@gmail.com.

Learning support is provided by a team of lace group babies