Sunday, 14 January 2018

January meeting photos

Some highlights from our January meeting...

Solihull Claire Muir Workshop

Solihull Guild have spaces left on a workshop with Claire Muir if you are interested contact me at and I will pass the details on, or respond through their Face Book page SolihullEmbroiderersGuild.

Create fabulous flowers by free-machine embroidery, producing individual petals onto a soluble fabric. Pieces of silk or organza are stitched into the petals vefore supporting wires are added along the centre of each petal. Bead and crystal embellishements and wire and feather centres finish off each creation.
Some free machine embroidery experience is advisable.
£35 members of Embroiderers Guild, £40 non-members
Please message to book a place  

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Monday 8th January meeting and Library meet-up

Welcome back and wishing a very Happy New Year to everyone. 

With the December snow behind us we have a packed programme for our January meeting:

Our main event is our annual Tale of Two Members and this year we welcome Clare Wilkins and Bev Archer. Claire and Bev will share with us their lives in stitch and we are bound to find out more about them along the way.

At the same time we can enjoy our postponed December party with cakes, drinks and savoury treats. 

The Christmas competition will also take place so don't forget to bring your entries on the theme of  'Using Decorative Needlework Requirements'. We will also be holding December's gold raffle and January's red raffle together so please bring any red and gold contributions you may have and see Janette for your raffle tickets.

And finally, our usual meet-up at the Library of Birmingham takes place this Saturday on January 6th. This is always a lovely opportunity to have a chat, get to know each other a bit better and of course get some stitching done. Hope to see you there, if you can make it. We will be in our usual spot on the mezzanine floor of the cafe.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Branch Notices December 2017

Embroiderers' Guild Birmingham Branch Notices Dec 2017

We are so sorry that we could not safely hold our Christmas party as planned. It seemed better to make that choice than to risk members setting out in such difficult conditions. The competition and gold raffle will happen in January instead, as will the cakes, drinks and savoury treats, so we will have a Happy New Year Party instead. Please bring competition entries in January instead. We will also hold the January raffle that night so please in January bring whatever you had planned for Gold and anything for a red bag too.

We will organise another meeting to hear from Deed as we don’t want to miss out on this.
Forty years as a branch, ruby squares and other ideas. If anyone still hasn’t picked up their canvas please get one in January. The deadline for handing completed pieces in will be the April Meeting
We continue to meet at the Library first Saturday of the month and will be there in 2018 on January 6th.  

The new regional steering group is organising a meeting with the three officers from each branch in February. We will be going and will discuss this at the committee beforehand. Please contact Bernadette, Meriel or Anne if you have any issues/good ideas you would like us to take along.

Don’t forget Day Schools and sign up with Margaret if you fancy attending a day. The recent workshop with Richard Box was hugely enjoyable. The next Day school is March 24th Alternative Textile Quilting with Maria Thomas. June 30th is Margaret Fairhead: River reflections in black and white. If you have never been to a workshop do think about having a go - the cost remains £25 which is a real bargain compared with the rate charged for other workshops commercially organised and we have a great time.

We have agreed the 5 most positive attributes of our branch based on your feedback to be promoted by the central guild and for us to use locally they are:
  • ·         We are a friendly welcoming group, like-minded and at the same time very individual, and always hope to attract new people to join us.
  • ·         The meetings are varied and  can feature often inspirational speakers and opportunities to engage in activities together
  • ·         The branch membership collectively is a font of good ideas and expertise with a real willingness to share
  • ·         We regularly run high quality and good value for money workshops
  • ·         We provide opportunities for members to learn new skills, to take part in projects as a group and to display their work to others

The central guild is organising a commemoration of the ending of World War One 100 hearts war stories. All guild members are invited to take part by making a heart. Materials will be provided at a cost of £12.50 and you are invited then to make your own personal interpretation which will be displayed as widely as possible. All the details are on the Guild Website please have a look and thing about taking part. Some hard copies of the information will be there in January for those who can’t access this on line.

Don’t forget to let someone from the committee know if you would be interested in joining a small working group to look at the possibility of a Birmingham based  Young Embroiderers group to supplement our existing very successful group.
Open day on Easter Saturday is cancelled. After further canvassing of availability we have decided this is not viable watch this space for an alternative.

Our January meeting is on 8th Jan with one of our annual favourites - a tale of two members with Clare Wilkins and Bev Archer

The January Raffle colour is red. Please bring a contribution as explained above and we look forward to celebrating the New Year with you all.

Thanks to all of you who have helped and signed up to help with the tea rota and raffle bags.

We hope you have a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to sharing lots of positive experiences together as a guild in 2018 and having a New Year celebration with you instead of the December party.

Bernadette Wilkinson on behalf of the committee.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

December meeting cancelled

Just to let you know, the meeting for Monday 11th December has been cancelled due to the current bad weather.

We will hold the competition at our January meeting on  Monday January 8th 2018 and have a belated Christmas party on the same date. 

Hope you all stay safe and warm.

Monday, 4 December 2017

December Meeting

December Meeting

Our meeting on 11th December is our Christmas party with festive fare and a chance to enjoy a talk from our very own Deed Curry. Deed will be sharing her experiences working in costume and life as Lady Mayoress. It promises to be a fascinating insight.

The raffle bag colour for this month is gold so bring in your contributions and let's get that  piano groaning with golden goodies. Janette will be ready to sell you that special golden raffle ticket! 

We'll have our sales table up and running so come and have a look for useful additions to your winter stitching supplies.

And last but definitely not least,don't forget your entries for our Christmas competition.   As you'll know, our twice-yearly competitions are always a great chance to show your work to fellow members. The theme this Christmas is 'Using Decorative Needlework Requirements'.That theme can be interpreted as widely as you like and knowing our members this will bring in a very wide range of work. And of course there's the chance to take home some beautiful silverware in the shape of our coveted competition trophy.  There's still time to rustle up something exquisite!

See you all at 7 for 7.30!.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Library 2nd December

We will be in our normal spot on the Mezzanine floor above the library cafe from 11 am until about 2 pm (don't forget the library does not open until 11 am although the cafe is open downstairs from 9am).  Everyone is welcome to join us to bring any stitching projects you are working on, whether you need a bit of help or encouragement or just want to join in the social event and carry on with your project. We will have fabric and threads available if you want to join in.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Poppy Fun with Richard Box

Perfect poppies?

Mr Richard Box came to us today on a chilly November morning to entertain and inform.

He brought us all the gift of little individual packs of perfect colours and threads so we could re-create his fabulous stitch collages for ourselves. 

We laughed, we got sticky and we all went home with almost-finished masterpieces. What a great day.

Friday, 17 November 2017

November Meeting 2017

November Meeting

Decorative and Useful 

Many thanks must go to Gill Gregory for such an entertaining and informative glimpse into the world of retail with her fascinating talk about her shop, Crafts ‘n’ Sew On. 

There was clearly a lot of love in the room for Gill as so many Guild members were former customers of her shop on the Pershore Road in Stirchley.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could still  pop in there for all our embroidery shopping? 

But now that we've had such a fascinating insight into the ups and (often hilarious) downs of owning an embroidery shop, there must be someone out there who wants to start one of their own? 

Ruby Squares

Don't forget to pick up your canvas and get busy creating a ruby square for our 40th anniversary display. If you haven't yet collected a canvas they'll still be available at our December meeting. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

November Meeting Monday 13th welcoming the Decorative not Useful - Gill Gregory

Tonight we will hear from our own Gill Gregory who will be talking about her experiences working with the Decorative not Useful.

This is bound to be fascinating  and great preparation for the December competition 'using decorative needlework requirements'

The raffle tonight is silver - please do see Janette for tickets and if you can, bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.  

Do see Margaret and ask about upcoming workshops, Richard Box is a sell out so don't risk missing the next day school with Maria Thomas on March 24.  At only £25 to members they are great value and are always fun filled days.  If you haven't been to a day school before why not put your toe in the water, they are accessible for all levels of ability and it's a good chance to get to know fellow members.

Also tonight we will be giving you all the opportunity to sign up for the Great Tea Rota please see Lorna on your way in for this fabulous opportunity to show off your baking and tea making skills.

See you all at 7 for 7.30. 

If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, and the first session is free and we will tell you about ongoing fees. Please see here for details of where we meet. See you there!