Monday, 31 March 2014

Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC

Many members enjoyed a day (or more) at the NEC in March. Whether it was shopping, talking to visitors on a stand, joining a workshop or simply admiring the many fabulous displays everyone had a great time.

At the guild stand many visitors joined us to create a Button Panel 
Whilst more visitors stopped by to created an embroidered leaf

The regional stand displaying work inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard

More from the Hoard

Members chatting to visitors to the Regional Stand 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Amish Quilts with Tina Helfrich

For our March meeting we enjoyed an excellent talk from Tina who told us the history of Amish quilts and how this interlinks with the history of the Amish community. Tina used her knowledge of growing up in Maryland USA .   She showed us pictures of many different quilt patterns favoured by the Amish and explained how they use plain dyed fabrics but used the patterns to express their creativity. Tina explained about quilting bees where the community come together to quilt (aiming to sew 7 stitches per inch) whilst other members of the community cook and complete other tasks for the group. Quilts that were traditionally made for use in the home have now developed into a business for the community where quilts can be purchased for $450 to $2000 in shops and online. Quilts made for sale may include decorative fabrics still not traditionally used in the Amish homes.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Updates from West Midlands Region

Recently, Heather attended a West Midlands Regional Committee meeting, and the below updates may be of interest to Branch Members:

CEO Road Show
Terry Murphy, the CEO of the Embroiderers' Guild, will be touring the country with his Road Show in 2014. As in 2011 and 2012, this region will be joining  together with the South West and Wales. The meeting will be held at Whitminster Village Hall on Sunday June 1 between 12.30 and 4 pm. Members may want to attend and meet with Terry to discuss any EG matters.

Chain Stitch
Hopefully members will have received a copy of the last regional newsletter, Chain Stitch, when it went out in December. This lively and interesting publication is a great opportunity to share news and events with all 15 branches in our region.

Gill Murley, the new Chain Stitch editor, is asking for any contributions for the next issue. These could be write-ups of events you have attended, upcoming events that may be of interest to other embroiderers, and any other related articles. If you have a contribution, please email it to by the 28th of March, and we will pass them on to Gill.

Uttoxeter Quilt and Stitch Village Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to run the Embroiderers' Guild stand at the Quilt and Stitch Village show in Uttoxeter, on the 25th-27th of April. If you are interested, please email, and we will pass your details on to Jane Lockley, who is organising the EG stand.

Regional Committee Vacancies
There are some vacancies on the regional committee:
  • YE Rep
  • Vice Chair
  • Area 4 Rep (Birmingham branch is in Area 3)
  • IT Rep
  • Other Members without portfolio
The regional committee meetings are a great opportunity to find out more about what is going on at a regional and national level, and don't take too much time. Meetings are currently held in Stourbridge, though they will move in September when the new chair takes up post, possibly to Lichfield, or another town in our region. Travelling expenses are also reimbursed. If you are interested in being on the committee, contact Rosemary Green, or email, and we will pass your details on.

Monday, 17 March 2014

March at the Library

Word is getting around about Come Stitch with Us - there were 10 branch members at the library this month and 7 visitors.Two returned from last month and  two more had seen the blog.

The was a lively and fun atmosphere and one visitor said how she likes the informality of the library sessions. 

We had two visitors from Gloucester branch and a member of Shropshire and the Marches branch stopping by to say hello too.

Anne was making Peruvian braids, Margaret was working on a 3D form (a plastic bag full of rice about the size of a cricket ball), Bernadette was creating a one stitch design inspired by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, Angela worked on her Blackwork dragon for the Tolkien project,  Clare worked on a piece based on the pyramids, Jackie our visitor from Stourbridge was cutting back an organza layer on samples of layered fabrics whilst Heather carried on with cards for CoCoMad. One of our new visitors was excited to get back into stitching after a long break and was practicing a variety of stitches.  
Our next visit will be Saturday April 5th; it will be lovely to see more new faces.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

In March we had an exciting workshop with the Stumpwork expert Kay Dennis and her husband Micheal who led the needlelace group. Whilst the needlelace workers created an intricate leaf:

the stumpworkers had a choice of projects:

Kay and Micheal worked with the groups giving their time and expertise freely. Helping when we were 'stumped' and endlessly encouraging everyone. We have all come away eager to use the new techniques and to complete the projects.

A big thanks to Kay and Micheal for a great day - if you want to see more you can visit Kay's website