Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Library meet-up and Summer Party

Summer stitching on Saturday 7th July at the Library.

We'll be in the usual spot on the mezzanine floor of the cafe at the Library of Birmingham between 11 and 2. Come and stitch for as long or as little as you want. 

Then on Monday 9th July it's our 40 years' Summer Party. Join us for scones, strawberries and cream for a special celebration.

Our speaker on Monday is textile artist Judith Rowley and her subject is her Creative Journey. Judith will outline how she develops her work, from sketch to finished textile piece.There is sure to be plenty of useful advice for us all as we get ready to go off on our summer break and hopefully, lots of relaxed summer stitching.

Judith Rowley: from sketch to stitch

We also have our competition and if you haven't already, there's still time to whip up a little masterpiece on the theme of 'South American Inspiration':

Sarah Hunt's South American collection from our February meeting

The raffle bag this month is bag is pink. If you should have any pink items, please bring them along and don't forget to buy your tickets...


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Open Day

We were blessed with a delightful midsummer day for our 40 Years Open Day last Saturday. The exhibition looked wonderful, the garden was a beautiful haven and our visitors left plenty of admiring remarks in the comments book.

Thank you to everyone who organised, helped to publicise the event  and to those who gave their time on the day - it was well worth it. Here's to the next one!



Thursday, 21 June 2018

Don't forget - Open Day this Saturday!

Open Day this Saturday June 23rd 11- 4pm

Everyone's welcome at the Friends Meeting House on Saturday for what is going to be a great display of forty years' stitching by the Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild.

Bring your friends and family!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Margaret Fairhead - Workshop 30th June - Updated Requirements List

Many thanks to Margaret Fairhead for her fascinating talk last Monday. We felt particularly privileged to get up close to pieces that are normally only seen firmly attached to gallery walls!

For those of you going to Margaret's workshop on Saturday 30th June, here is the updated requirements list:

            Sewing Machine
            Embroidery foot (darning foot) for free machining
            Machine Instruction book if required
            Extra machine needles
            Usual sewing equipment

            Embroidery hoop (s) – small and medium if you                      have   them
            Biro or felt pen
            Notebook and pencil

            Machine threads in black, greys and white – normal                thread and shiny etc if you have them
            Optional – a few assorted hand sewing threads and                small bits of sheer type fabrics in above colours –                   some will be available.

Margaret will now provide the the main fabrics. There will be a small charge of £1.50 to cover the cost.

Friday, 1 June 2018

At the Library of Birmingham - June 2nd

On Saturday we are at the Library in our usual spot on the mezzanine floor above the Library of Birmingham cafe from 11am until about 2.00.

As always everyone is welcome and it will be great to have lots of members there. So even if you can only make it for an hours or so do come along to catch up, have a chat and a stitch.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Monday's meeting - 14th May

Hello to everyone

Monday's 14th May meeting is an activities evening and  we are proud to present :

    card making with Meriel       


    creating a tulip (or two) with Liz.

It would be great to have some of the cards and finished tulips for sale at the open  day on 23rd June so here's hoping for a productive evening!

The raffle bag colour this month is blue and all contributions will be gratefully received. Let's pack out those winners' bags with lots of blue goodies.

See you all on Monday!

Pretty in pink: gorgeous handmade tulips 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Library Time - Saturday 5th May

It's library time again and we'll be in our usual spot on the mezzanine floor above the Library of Birmingham cafe on Saturday from 11am until about 2.00.

Everyone is welcome - come and bring any current projects and just enjoy a bit of stitching in company.

If you're new to embroidery or interested in the Embroiderers' Guild we would love you to join us. We always have plenty of threads if you'd like to have a try.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

News: Solihull Embroiderers Guild Workshops

Solihull Embroiderers Guild
Saturday Workshop Programme 2018

Saturday workshops are held at

The Shirley Institute, 24 Church Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2AX
There is ample car parking to the rear of the building and bus services from Birmingham and Solihull, to St James the Great Church, Stratford Road 200yards from the Institute.
Sessions run from 10.00am - 4.00pm and we ask you to arrive promptly.

There is free tea, coffee and biscuits during the day but please bring your own packed lunch.

You will need to provide some materials for yourself or may need to purchase them or a kit from the tutor to complete the workshops. A requirements
list will be provided well before the session.

Forthcoming Workshops with vacant places

12 May                               “Kantha” with Judith Rowley

This workshop will explore the world of Kantha, a traditional Bangladeshi technique of recycling old fabric to create new. We will produce a small wall hanging, creating a fabric base and embellishing with Kantha Stitching. We will look at the historical and cultural context for Kantha and explore its potential in contemporary textile art Projects in 2D and 3D.

Judith will bring a selection of Indian cotton fabrics at £1.50.

You will need to bring: tacking cotton, short darning needles, a selection of embroidery threads, fabric, scissors, pins and notebook and pencil.

Judith is a textile artist who creates textural and tactile surfaces from natural fabrics and fibres which are bonded to create bases for “painting” with hand and machine stitch.

She is an active member of Prism Textiles an independent international exhibiting group. Closer to home she exhibits with Midlands Textile Forum, Birmingham Art Circle and Textile Connection..

14 July             - “Coastal Relic” with Nicky Dillerstone

Taking the beach and coastline as inspiration you will create a free standing stitched and embellished 3D artwork.

Working in a palette of silvers, grey, creams and pale blues the emphasis will be on fine layers and textures. You will firstly create a layered fabric piece rich with stitching/beading and found objects. From that we will create a 3D curved shape with a range of wires and further layered stitching.

Other found objects such as shells and driftwood can be incorporated in the piece but this is optional. The stitching can be achieved by hand or on the machine. Galvanised wire will be used to create the curved shape.

Requirements – working within the colour spectrum you will need a range of threads; small amounts of fine fabrics, wools, cotton lawn, linen, silks, mohair, knitted pieces; beads, shells, driftwood: wire, wire cutters, round nosed pliers: needles, pins (long are best), scissors and about half a meter of muslin and hessian.

Nicky’s work shows her obsession with fabric and threads that has been constant in her life since she was very small. She makes sculptural nests and pods that can live in your house or garden quite happily, they are made from wire, wool, fabric, beads and whatever comes to hand that is weatherproof. This workshop explores the latest direction in her work based on coastal themes. This is a new workshop for both Nicky and ourselves.

6 September - “A Silk Ribbon Monogram” with Tanya Haines of The Common Thread

This is a kit based workshop, with the monogram and ribbons of your choice.

This project is a lovely introduction to the stitches used in silk ribbon embroidery. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of stitches and discover how these stitches can be used to form a number of different flowers. Then, using what you have learnt, you will choose which flowers you would like to embroider on your monogram.

Tanya will sell a basic kit at £12.50 and you will need to purchase some silk ribbons (up to 3) to complete your chosen design which will take the total kit cost to around £19.50.
The silk Ribbon Monograms are stitched on silk dupion using hand painted silk ribbons. The technique requires the malleability of silk ribbons, other fibres will not be as successful.

You will be asked to choose your Monogram letter a month before the workshop so Tanya can have them printed on the cloth.

Tanya grew up in South Africa and has been stitching and knitting since childhood, but it wasn’t until she moved to England in 1993 that a whole new world of needlework, and all that it had to offer, opened up to her. She is a hand embroiderer and has been designing and teaching traditional hand embroidery for over 23 years. She started teaching at the Woburn School of Needlework in 1994. When the owner retired she started the Bedfordshire School of Needlework, which has now become The Common Thread’s School of Needlework. Over the years she has designed pieces in order to teach students the traditional forms of Drawn and Pulled Thread work, Hardanger, Casalguidi and Reticello, as well as Silk Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork.

The cost for each workshop is £45.

If you would like to book a place at any of the workshops please contact our
Workshops Bookings secretary on

Initially a place will be reserved for you. It will be confirmed by receipt of your payment

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Stitching Away Days. Warning: there may be cake!

Angela and Sarah at Eternal Embroidery have just been in touch about their upcoming stitching retreats:  

Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire - Medieval Embroidery  
14 -15 August 2018
Betty’s Tearoom ,Harrogate - Stitching and Tea, 
21 November 2018

'Join RSN accredited tutors Angela Bishop and Sarah Homfray at these unique venues for some fun and informative stitching days. ( meals. breaks, kits included)
All abilities welcome'

Visit for details

News: Coventry Cathedral Textile Exhibition

Quinary textile group are holding an exhibition at Coventry Cathedral. It starts today (12th April) and runs until 24th May 2018. Click on the link for examples of their fascinating stitch work.

More details of the exhibition are available on the Cathedral website.