Saturday, 19 April 2014

April meeting and Mr X Stitch

What a great meeting we had with Mr X stitch, there were 43 of us including members. Mr X showed us so many pictures and stunned us with so many new ideas. The talk was interesting and inspiring. We heard about how Mr X first picked up a needle 11 years ago because he thought it would look bizarre to see a big guy stitching on a plane trip to Canada. It was an Art Nouveau cross stitch kit. Next he started but did not finish Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss'. He got the PCStitch software and turned graffiti into cross stitch designs. He started to do figures from film and comics until the filmmakers and comic producers lawyer-ed up.

Next Mr X applied for an arts bursary in his home town of Milton Keynes. He was shortlisted and given an exhibition. He stitched Whitby Abbey and entered into a competition at a county show (he was on TV with Kristy Allsop who entered the same show).

He has curated exhibitions at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and is one of a number of 'manbroiderers'.

Mr X keeps busy; at the moment he is stitching a black cat with black thread on black fabric! He runs mrxstitch and has a shop on  EtsyHe does talks and workshops and has a residency at a shop called 'Drink, Shop, Do!' 

Mr X showed us the work of many embroiderers who are pushing the boundaries of textile art.  He has a book 'Push Stitchery', which features 30 of them. We were shown many examples including Glow in the Dark stitching, stitching on paper, on photos and even on cars. then not stitching on motorbikes but a stitched motor bike!

harriet-hammel image from
Lord Libidan's transformer image from

Mr X signing copies of his book
I have tried to select more picture to share with you but there are so many to choose from I can't! If you want to see more go to  mrxstitch but beware of Not Safe Saturdays (you have been warned).

The 'green' raffle was won by Mr X who graciously handed it over.
This months raffle bag was Green

Notes from the meeting:

Cocomad Saturday 5th July Cotteridge Park 'Festival of the Forest'

We will be having a stall on the day and would like to ask for help if you can as follows:
  • Next month we will have a rota for helpers on the day please sign up if you are able - we will need help selling and stitching with visitors.
  • We are going to have a bit of a Christmas element to some of the things we are selling so we are asking members to make a Christmas card or Christmas Coasters/decorations. If you can help, we have blank cards or coasters and frames - they will be available at the next branch meeting.  We are not asking for cards generally as we have quite a few left from last time.
  • We also want individual small items to sell, perhaps a framed picture, even better if it on the event theme but not essential. 

N.B. We aim to sell things for £5 or less so please do not give anything you are not happy at being sold at this price.

Any questions please ask Bernadette, Angela, Jayne or Merial.

Members Meeting 12 May 

We are going to be hand sewing doodled leaf motifs

We will provide plain fabric to stitch on. Please bring with you:
  • Your usual sewing kit and some embroidery threads and perhaps some beads that would go together.
  • If you can also bring a small hoop and an erasable pen or a pencil
  • Finally please bring an A5 piece of backing - Vilene or felt

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lutradur Workshop with June Parkinson

June's workshop is on 29th June. If you wish June can supply your canvas and or Lutrador but will need to know how many to bring so please email before June 9th or add your name to the list at the meeting that evening.

Why not take a look at June's website to see some great examples!lutradur
Lutradur Workshop Requirements:

Artist’s canvas (the type that are stretched onto a frame) 8’’ x 20’’   or 12’’ x 16’’ are good sizes.

Lutradur . This needs to be 4’’ larger both ways than your canvas.

Crochet threads or other thicker threads which will be used in the bobbin, several weights if you have them, white or coloured they will be painted afterwards, metallic threads. White machine cotton.
Glitzy snippets of fabric, and  beads [including larger ones if you have any], sequins, cords anything to add texture and glitter under the lutradur layer.
Sewing machine including a darning/embroidery foot if you have one.  Usual sewing kit,

June will have all of the requirements listed below so no problem if you don’t have them.
Acrylic paints, sponges or paint brushes, plastic sheet or newspaper, rubber gloves, apron. Etc.  I will have paints and brushes with me so no need to buy if you don’t have any.
Heat gun if you have one.
PVA glue

Strong stapler suitable for use on wood (Please do not buy one, I will bring one.)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Update on the Hoard

Clare has added a blog on the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery site, to read it follow this link: 

Raffle Bags and Mr X Stitch

Angie has shared this photo of all the fab things she got last month in the yellow raffle bag. The bag included lots of thread, fabric and sewing treats, as well as candles, sweets and even a pot of primroses.

The colour for this month's raffle bag is green - please try to bring a little something along to the branch meeting tomorrow night.

We're looking forward to Mr X Stitch's talk, it looks set to be an interesting evening.

If you have not been to a branch meeting before, visitors can come down for a free first session. We meet at the Friends Meeting House on Watford Road in Cotteridge at 7 for 7.30 PM.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Do you use a battery operated craft light?

The committee are discussing  purchasing some battery operated craft lights for use at meetings and workshops.

There are a number available on the market and so it would be useful to know if any members have tried/use battery operated craft lights and whether they would recommend them for branch use. 

If you do have a view can you share it at the meeting on Monday and, if possible, bring one along and help shed some light on the subject.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

April at the Library

We had a great session at the library at the weekend with 14 members and 11 visitors stitching whilst others stopped by to say hello. More tables had to be moved in and new friendships are made and renewed every month. 
Dee found us on the BBC things to do site, Bron and Megan found us via the library leaflet and Jenny found us from our blog.

We were even on the big screen!

We are becoming a family group too, we had mother & daughter, grandmother & grand daughter and Lizzie stitched while her partner read stories to their toddler son and they brought the baby too.
There were a wide variety of projects on the go including Angela's blackwork, Clare working on her embroidery based on pyramids, Elizabeth stitching an applique peacock from a Helen McCook workshop at Solihull branch, Meriel was making chickens for her grandchildren's Easter egg hunt, Jayne was stitching on a stumpwork piece started at Kay Dennis's Birmingham branch day school. Gerry was doing patchwork, Emma did cross stitch, Margaret worked on a piece in natural colours and 3 people were knitting. 
Lots of chatting 

comparing techniques

checking out one another's work

not to forget drinking coffee!

Bron, Megan, Jenny and Dee were from Telford and made felt flower brooches

The concentration leading to ...........

 the lovely finished article 

And we'll be back for more on May 3rd.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Come Stitch With Us on Saturday

It's that time again! We'll be back at the Library on Saturday for our fun, free social sewing session, everybody is welcome. See here for details.