Saturday, 14 May 2011

'Little Boxes' Workshop with Louise Watson

Today, 14 Guild members attended a brilliant workshop led by Louise Watson, who was teaching us to make tiny embroidered boxes like this one:

Birmingham Embroiderers Guild May 2011 Little Boxes (12)
A one stitch box

Birmingham Embroiderers Guild May 2011 Little Boxes (13)
A little garden box

We had all brought a selection of fabric, beads and threads, and proceeded to work on our own boxes.

Some members chose to start one stitch boxes in a range of complementary colours:
Birmingham Embroiderers Guild May 2011 Little Boxes (4)

While others started work on their own miniature gardens:
Birmingham Embroiderers Guild May 2011 Little Boxes (5)

Louise was a brilliant tutor, she gave very informative demonstrations and was on hand to provide advice and tips. Throughout the morning she demonstrated the next skill or technique we'd need to know to progress with our boxes. Through the day we worked on our sewing, making the side panels and embellishing the top with layers of stitching & beads.

Linda worked fantastically hard and finished her entire box in the day:
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Birmingham Embroiderers Guild May 2011 Little Boxes (20)

Everyone else made great progress, and have boxes which are nearly ready to finish, here's a slideshow of the photos:

All the stitching together:
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If you want to find out more about Louise, you can go to her Brunel Broderers page, or their Blog, a great source of inspiration. The group have an exhibition entitled "curiouser...?" in Frome in September, and more details are on their blog too. She also has an exhibition in Cardiff soon, about her collaboration with a potter.

All in all, a great day, and everyone was really looking forward to making more boxes. Thank you Louise!

Meeting Venue

Guild Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, except in August at 7:00 for 7:30pm.

Meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Watford Rd, Cotteridge, Birmingham, B30 1JB:

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The meeting house is accessible by bus, and walking distance from Kings Norton train station - see Traveline Midlands for travel info.

Meetings cost £1.50 per session for members, and £4.00 for non members, which includes refreshments.

For further information, please email

Hello & Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to the Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild Blog.  Members will already know who we are and what we enjoy, but for people finding us for the first time, we are a group of people of all ages and skill levels, who meet to share our love of embroidery.

We are a local branch of the Embroiderers' Guild, who meet on the second Monday of the month, in the evening. Meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House in Cotteridge, south Birmingham (UK, not Alabama!) - see this post for more details. Guests are very welcome to come along to meetings to meet members and see if you like what we do.

At monthly meetings we share projects we've been working on and enjoy talks and workshops, both led by members and by guest speakers. We also have a programme of longer day workshops, all of which are on the calendar.

We look forward to meeting you soon!