Thursday, 27 February 2014
If you are attending the Kay Dennis workshop in a couple of weeks time, can you please let us know whether you'd prefer a stumpwork or needlelace project, by commenting on this post, or by emailing either Margaret Richards directly if you know her email address, or to firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to know ASAP so we can tell Kay.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
It's a busy and exciting time for the branch, with many projects on the go.
We would like members to consider whether they are willing to join one of the below Subcommittees:
CoCoMAD 2014 - helping to build on the success of last year's festival, to make this year's one even better.
Tolkien Project - helping to develop the stitched pieces created by the branch into a piece suitable for exhibition, and working with EG HQ and the library to organise the exhibition. No need to be a Tolkien fan!
Programme 2015 - helping to take the results of the members survey, along with a love of embroidery and using this to build a diverse programme.
If you're interested please email email@example.com soon, as most Subcommittees are meeting in early March.
Monday, 17 February 2014
First Angela told us her story which began as a junior ballroom champion and remembered her first experience of sewing when she had to help string beads for the dressmaker through becoming a Graphic Designer working on major accounts and giving it all up to run away to sea (taking her sewing machine with her). After returning to land Angela looked for a new creative career and began by completing a City and Guilds level 2 in Innovative Textiles and Machine Embroidery.
|Part of Angie's City and Guilds Portfolio|
She is now working on her 3rd article for Stitch Magazine and producing kits so that others can try to emulate her work.
|Angie's finished samples for Stitch Magazine|
Angela told us how she plans her pieces and likes to sketch her designs. and we saw an example of this with her sketch of a motor cycle and her finished work.
|Motor Cycle sketch and original as well as a postcard of stitched work|
Margaret Richards then spoke of her stitching journey which began as a practical sewer around the home and for her children. Margaret began her journey in textiles with a course at the MAC and told us how she loves to experiment and develop ideas she has seen - If it burns burn it! Margaret sews with a group and issues challenges to expand their skills together.
|The cockerel challenge|
|Well I nearly got her shoes in the photo!|
|From Ironbridge to Hong Kong Margaret demonstrates creating embroidered works from pictures.|
|Members having a close up look|
Sunday, 16 February 2014
We have recently discovered that there is this event running locally on the 14th of March, which may be of interest to members who want to find out more about Tolkien's Birmingham, please see below for more info:
The origins of Middle-earth
Saturday, 8 February 2014
|Photo by Brian Clift on Flickr.|