Friday, 20 July 2012

Trip to EG House

Yesterday I went to EG House, to take a look around the collection, and it was marvellous. I took loads of photos, and I'll upload them when I get back to Birmingham. It was an inspirational trip, and I'd recommend it to anyone. The house is a short walking distance from Walton On Thames town centre, so is also accessible from London and a lot of the south east.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Inspiring Images Requirements List

On September 29th Annette Emms is coming to the Birmingham branch to lead an Image Transfer Day School. After her marvellous gargoyles, ghosts and gravestones session last month, places on the dayschool filled up fast, however some spaces may still be available. If you'd like to book onto the session, please email, or see Margaret Richards at a session.

And now, onto the workshop information:

Inspiring Images

During this workshop you will learn lots of exciting ways to transfer image and text onto fabric or paper
We won’t be using nasty chemicals, just ordinary things like emulsion paint, cling film and a hot iron!
At the end of the day we will have a small  book containing samples of the different techniques.

Please bring with you ….

 Small notebook for samples(A5)
 ½ yard plain calico, to work your samples on. Kitchen paper
 Some decorated papers if you have them, or plain brown wrapping paper.
 An Apron, Paint brushes, 2 or 3 colours of acrylic paint. Palette or old plate.
 Good quality cling film, 1” wide sellotape, baby wipes. Large jam jar.
 Tester pot of good quality emulsion paint (i.e.Crown or Dulux) in cream/white
 A selection of photocopied images done on a toner machine (i.e. not ink jet)
             NB. Don’t forget to reverse any text
 A few small magazine pictures, One or two photographs (Not your originals please!)These can be ink jet prints on ordinary paper.
 A roller (sometimes called a ‘brayer’) or a large metal spoon.
 Glue stick, Water sprayer
 Small sewing kit and a couple of hand embroidery threads.

You could also bring some Mat Gel medium (available from Art Van Go) if you have it, but I’m sure we can share!

Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Website -

If you would like to email any queries, there is a contact form on Annette's website.

Hope to see you at the session!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Stitch of the Month: Fly Stitch

In our ongoing Stitch of the Month project, this month's stitch is fly stitch:
Fly Stitch Sampler
(by flossbox on Flickr)

SharonB has some instructions for the stitch here, which includes a lot of listed variations:
You could vary this stitch in a range of ways, possibly by beading the tails, tying them down with French knots, changing the length of the tails, there are lots of possibilities!

Fly stitch works well following curved lines:
TAST - Week 8 - Fly Stitch
(by Luci F on Flickr)

You could use it to build up a picture, like these lovely bare winter trees:
01 Fly Stitch - Winter Trees (3)
(by Magpies Laundry on Flickr)

Another great example of using the stitch in context is this lovely hedge, by dytay on Flickr. How about nesting the stitches, like this sample from Kay Susan on Flickr. 

Fly stitch also looks good on a counted fabric - you could experiment with rotating it:
Fly Stitch Sample
(by Aranthe on Flickr)

We'd love ot see what you manage to do - please bring any samples to our September meeting.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

WM Regional Day 2012

On the 23rd of June, several members of the Birmingham branch went to Shrewsbury for the West Midlands Regional Day.

Several branch members had produced entries for the 'Our Shared Industrial Heritage' competition, so our first stop was to drop off our entries:

Janet M's embroidery, 'Travelling On', was started at the Polish Rhapsody dayschool, and was inspired by her recent canal boat holiday:
WM Regional Day Shrewsbury 2012 (7)

Bernadette's embroidery 'From Steel To Stitch', was about making the link between the pen nibs and needles manufactured in Birmingham, and the women who used them:
WM Regional Day Shrewsbury 2012 (2)

Margaret created a book, taking us through the industrial revolution, including the men who pioneered the technological developments, the technology itself, and the effects on the people who worked in factories, including the children whose lives were affected:
Show and Tell 2012-03-12 (13)

Heather's piece, 'Lunarticks', was about the Lunar Society, the men who met once per month, often at Matthew Boulton's home, to discuss science, technology, philosophy and many other subjects:
WM Regional Day Shrewsbury 2012 (3)

Marion's 'Edgbaston Water Tower' is a gorgeous re-imagining of the iconic local landmark. The Lord Of The Rings might have been rather different if this was the tower that inspired Tolkein!
WM Regional Day Shrewsbury 2012 (6)

Betty's cushion, made of gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics, depicts the layout of Spaghetti Junction:
2012-04-23 Show and Tell Betty's Spaghetti Junction Cushion

Lots of people entered gorgeous embroideries of all shapes and sizes, for some more of them, take a look at this slideshow:

The entries were all judged, and the top three were:

Third Place:
WM Regional Day Shrewsbury 2012 (29)

Second Place:
WM Regional Day Shrewsbury 2012 (27)

First Place:
WM Regional Day Shrewsbury 2012 (28)

Later on in the day, we also listened to a talk by Alysn Midgelow Marsden on the topic of 'This Lustr'ed Cloth - Metals in Textiles' Listening to Alysn talk about all the ways she incorporates metals in her work, and the beautiful effects she can achieve, was very interesting. Here's a slideshow with a few pictures of Alysn's work:

We also got a chance to do some shopping, with members buying fabrics for dyeing, felts, wools, metals, books, and lots of other things. There was a lovely afternoon tea laid on for us, a raffle, tombola, book stall and plenty of chance to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones. Thank you to the Shrewsbury & Oswestry branches for their hospitality, and all the hard work they put in to making such a lovely day.

Next year's Regional Day will be on Saturday 22nd June 2013. It is to be hosted by Worcester Branch, at Worcester Warriors Sixway Stadium, WR3 8ZE. The Competition Title is - 'A Story in Stitch'. (2D entries no larger than A3 including frame, 3D entries - 37.5cmx30cm including any display stand).
The morning speaker is Althea Mackenzie, Curator of the Wade Costume Collection, Berrington Hall and in the afternoon the Madeira lecture 'Stories of Stitch Alice Kettle Projects'. It looks set to be a very fun day, hopefully lots of members will be able to go.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Summer Party Tonight

Yay, Embroiderers' Guild summer party today. Feel free to join us art the Friends Meeting House at 7pm tonight for strawberry cream teas, raffle, book sale and a talk on Out Colorful Life In Textiles from Bailey Curtis.