Monday, 23 April 2012

Inspiration On Your Doorstep * Tonight *

Hi all,
I don't know about you, but with the sunshine*, it feels like my brain is waking up from a winter hibernation, and is full of embroidery ideas, therefore I'm really looking forward to today's guild meeting.
It is ' Inspiration On Your Doorstep' with the marvellous Angie Hughes, and it is tonight at the Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge. We start at 7.30, and all are welcome!
See you there!
* let's not mention the rain!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Polish Rhapsody

Last Saturday, 8 members of the Birmingham Embroiderers Guild got together for a Polish Rhapsody day school, led by Angela Thompson.
The day began with Angela introducing us to her gorgeous samples of Polish embroidery, and telling us about her travels around Poland.

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She explained her technique, and we spent a very happy morning couching down yarn in our chosen colours, all the while chatting to Angela about her travels.

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Here's a slideshow showing how our work started out, just click to start it playing:

The afternoon was spent adding hand stitching and beads to embellish our pieces. This was really enjoyable, as we were able to work freely, following there inspirations that the shapes of the yarn provided, as well as referring to Angela's stitched pieces. Angela helped us all to develop our skills, sharing thoughts and ideas with us as the afternoon progressed. Here's a slideshow showing what we sewed in the day, just click to start it playing:

By 4pm, we had all made good progress on our embroidery, and had a fun, relaxing day. In fact, I've now finished the stitching on my piece, so I'll share pictures of it soon.

Show and Tell March 2012

One of the things we love at guild sessions is seeing the embroidery that people have been doing between sessions, and some marvellous pieces were brought along to our March session.

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Margaret has been working hard on pieces for the Regional Day in June, along the theme of Our Industrial Heritage. She has produced a marvellous multi-layered piece, using her PC and embroidery skills, which go through from the great men behind the Industrial Revolution in the region (Matthew Boulton, Josiah Mason, William Murdoch, Isambard Brunel, and many more), on to another layer with their great achievements, and a fabulous third, 'hidden' page which shows the hidden shame of all the children who worked in the factories and foundries, and the illnesses caused as a result of the working conditions. Below is a slideshow of images of Margaret's work - click it to take a look at the pictures:

Margaret also brought along a machine embroidered picture of a beautiful bridge, as bridges are certainly an aspect of how the industrial revolution shaped our landscapes. This piece is totally machine stitched!

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Also for the Our Industrial Heritage competition, Marion brought her fabulous interpretation of the Edgbaston Water Tower, in beautiful bright colours, gorgeous texture and sparkling threads. I'd love it if the tower actually looked like this - it would certainly brighten up my walks to work along the Hagley Road!

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Bernadette shared a marvellous find a friend gave her, discovered while cleaning out her mother's house. This pack was given to people convalescing after being injured in the Second World War. It included a marvellous letter, instructions, a printed tablecloth to stitch, and threads, and was a wonderful slice of history which we thoroughly enjoyed looking through. Below is a slideshow of images of the pack - click it to take a look at the pictures: