We started the year with a really lively session, planning our participation at the CoCoMAD festival. We held a lovely members session, with everyone bringing ideas of projects we could make and sell.
Also in January: we saw our new 2013 programme leaflets, a design which we have again for our 2014 programme, and publicised various other groups, including the Computer Textile Design Forum and the Embroidery Friends email group.
In February, we enjoyed a fabulous Tale of Two Members talk, with Anne Haigh and June Parkinson, who shared a wide range of fabulous embroidery with us.
|Anne's stumpwork picture of her and her grandmother|
|June's Lutradur pictures|
We have booked June for a Lutradur workshop this year, and judging by the enthusiasm for her work, places are sure to book up fast, so to book on see Margaret at an upcoming meeting.
In February, we also started planning our trip to Westhope, and started organising our trips to the Library, which we are now in full swing with.
In March, we welcomed Melanie Bermingham, a fabulous feltmaker, who brought lots of lovely traditional and contemporary felt to share with us.
|One of Melanie's felt hats.|
Also in March, we enjoyed reading a new West Midlands Regional newsletter.
In April, Angie Hughes came to lead an 'Inspired by Klimt' dayschool, where we enjoyed using transfoils and sweetie wrappers to make fabulous pictures:
|Inspired by Klimt|
|One of Marion's beautiful Kimono|
In May, we spent the evening making Lavender hearts to sell at CoCoMAD, and looked forward to our dayschool with Bailey Curtis.
|Some of Crazy Mary's beautiful embroidery|
In July, we enjoyed a lovely summer party, with Margaret Dunning demonstrating her fabulous silk painting:
|Margaret Dunning's Silk Painted Pictures|
We also had some brilliant cakes and lovely entries in our Summer Competition, and had a marvellous day out at the CoCoMAD festival:
|Our stall at CoCoMAD|
In August, we didn't have a branch meeting, we carried on our Summer Fun series, with posts about Workshop On The Web, Joggles, Bonnie McCaffery Vidcasts and Interweave Press.
In September, we had an absolutely marvellous weekend at Westhope, creating lovely metal stitched projects:
|Bernadette's Metalwork piece|
|All our finished work|
|Kay's Stumpwork Dragonfly|
In October, Crazy Mary joined us for a dayschool sharing her fab machine embroidery techniques. We all had a great time building up lovely pictures with swirls of wool and sequins:
We also had the Branch AGM, which included a talk from Karen Parry from Entaco/John James Needles, entitled 'A Needle for Everything'. This was a thoroughly fascinating talk, with background to the history of needles, and lots of samples of needle for a range of embroidery purposes. Karen also brought a brilliant sales table, so we got to pick up a range of needles for our projects.
In November, we had a fabulous branch meeting looking at the marvellous boxes made by our own member, Louise Burn:
Louise shared lots of her lovely boxes, and talked through the process of making them, inspiring us to all want to start our own etui.
Also in November, we had our first 'Come Stitch With Us!' session at the new Library of Birmingham, which was a great success, and we now get together on the Mezzanine floor above the cafe on the first Saturday of each month, from 11am.
In December, our meeting focused on starting our branch summer bunting. members also enjoyed handmade cakes, hot mulled apple juice and lots of chatting!
We also had a fabulous competition, with some beautiful stitching, and handed out our members survey, which is being analysed at the moment. Additionally, we shared the Embroiderers' Guild Chairman's Christmas Message.
So, in summary, it has been another great year for the branch, where we enjoyed talks on a wide range of topics, and developed our skills in a number of ways. New members joined us, and we enjoyed a lively, buzzing atmosphere all year.
If all this sounds very interesting, or perhaps you've made your New Year's resolution to take up a new hobby and meet some new friends, you're very welcome at any of our branch meetings. We meet on the second Monday of the month, at 7pm for 7:30, at the Friends Meeting House in Cotteridge. Additionally, we'd love to see you at any of our Library Come Stitch With Us! sessions.
Watch this space for the 2014 programme, to be published soon!