Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Logging on to the Members' Area of the Main Guild Website

You may have noticed that the new Embroiderers' Guild website has launched, and is available via the below link.


To log onto the members area, follow the steps below:

Your password will be emailed instantly.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Summer Party - Kay and Cakes

The Committee are now busy planning the Branch Summer Party on July 8th 2013, which will be 'Kay and Cakes':

Our speaker is Kay Dennis, a prestigious stumpwork embroiderer and speaker, who will be talking to us about her fabulous work:

We will also be enjoying handmade cakes baked by the lovely Angela Rowles.

Additionally, we will be having a summer competition with the theme of 'Inspired By Nature', a Chinese Raffle, and an exhibition of embroudery stitched with our Stitches of the Month, so if you have stitched anything inspired by either the competition or exhibition themes, please bring it along.

As with previous years, we will be selling tickets for the event, priced at £1.50, to enable us to plan enough cakes for the day. You would be very welcome to bring a friend along to the party - if you would like a ticket, please either see Heather at the May/June meetings, or email birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Westhope Update

We still have a couple of places for the planned visit to Westhope, see here for more details. We are planning to do the 'Mad About Metal' course, and it is likely that the fee will be between £220-£300, depending on how many more people want to book on.

While priority will be given to members of Birmingham Embroiderers Guild, we may also have spaces for other attendees, so if you are interested, please either speak to Anne at the May meeting, or email birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Staffordshire Hoard Inspired Embroidery at the Potteries Museum, Stoke

Lots of fabulous pieces of work inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard are now on display at the Potteries Museum, in Stoke.  In addition to a large showcase at the entrance to the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery and the Community Wall within the same Gallery, there are an additional two display cases in the Living Fashion Gallery.

The items will be on display until the 16th of June, and the gallery is open from 10am-5pm on Monday-Saturday, and 2pm-5pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

If you get a chance to go, we would love to hear from you!

If you're not able to attend the museum, all the items will also be on display at the Regional Day in June.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

May Branch meeting

At the May Branch meeting, we would like you to bring along any sewing you are working on for CoCoMad, and stitch during the session. We have had lots of lovely donations already, but are still keen to have more items to sell at the festival, so if you could bring your projects, or a sewing kit if you'e not currently got a project on the go then that would be fabulous!

Thank you

Young Embroiderers on Midlands Today This Evening

Following on from their appearance on Radio WM a couple of weeks ago, two of the young embroiderers will be appearing on Midlands Today on BBC One this evening between 6:30-7:00pm. The film crew will be at Alice and Molly's house, talking to them about their embroidery and participation in the Young Embroiderers.

If you get a chance, please tune in!

Monday, 8 April 2013

We still need spare fabric and threads!

Plans are proceeding well for CoCOMAD, however we still need spare fabric and threads.

We would love it if everyone could donate a spare skein of embroidery thread to go into the cushion kits, and we also need any of the below if you can spare it:

  • 8" or larger pieces of cottons, or easy to use shiny fabrics (non-slippery, non-fray), to be used to make mini crazy patchwork cushion kits
  • Plain white or pale coloured cotton or calico, pieces at least 15" square, to be used for backing cushion kits.
  • Tapestry wool (or smooth knitting wool of a similar thickness to tapestry wool), in bright colours, to be used to make kits and projects for young children
  • Felt pieces at least 3" square, to be used to make felt brooches for people to sew on the day of the festival, (also brooch backs if you have them)
Could you please bring anything along and give to a member of the committee at tonight's meeting.

Thank you for your support!

Embroidery Threads (2)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Opening the Kimono with Marion Plumb

This Monday, we are looking forward to welcoming one of our own members, Marion Plumb, to give her talk about Opening The Kimono.

If you came down to meet us at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show at the NEC, this would be a great session to come down to - you'll get to see lots of lovely Kimonos, and meet our members, as well as enjoying a cup of tea.

We meet at the Friends Meeting House in Cotteridge, at 7pm for a 7:30pm start, and we'd love to see you there.

Marion also needs a volunteer to fold the kimonos after she has shown them, so if you'd like to get a chance to see and touch the kimonos, please mention this to Heather or another committee member at the meeting.

See you on Monday!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Lost Transfoils

Here's a quick message to everyone who attended the Angie Hughes dayschool on Saturday - Margaret bought some transfoils from Angie, but they didn't make it home with her. Could everyone please check and make sure they didn't accidentally bring them home, please? It was 7 x 1 metre lengths of different colours, and Margaret would love to get them back so that she can use them, and because they cost £7!

Thanks for your help!

Inspired By Klimt with Angie Hughes

This weekend, Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild welcomed Angie Hughes back to lead an excellent dayschool, creating beautiful foiled and stitched pictures inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt.

Angie brought lots of lovely supplies for us to use:

She spent some time taking us through effective techniques for using bondaweb, transfoils and sweetie foils to build up a beautiful surface.

We heated up the irons, and practiced on small samples of velvet:



Once we had a feel for how the transfoils worked, we took a look at some inspirational prints by Klimt, got out our Bondaweb and planned out our designs:


A very happy morning was spent foiling:


With beautiful results:




After lunch, Angie showed us some of her techniques for overlaying the velvet with organza and machine stitching into it, to produce a beautifully textured work:







I finished mine the next day, it was so much fun! ~ Heather
All in all a very productive day!