Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lots of support at the Library please

We will be back at the Library of Birmingham next Saturday September 6th.

This month we are returning to our normal spot  on the Mezzanine floor above the library cafe from 11am until about 1pm, and we would love for you to join us. Feel free to bring any stitching projects you are working on, and we will have felt, binca and other activities for both adults and children.

As always everyone is welcome and it will be great to have lots of members there as a few regulars can't make it. So even if you can only make it for an hours or so do come along to catch up, have a chat and a stitch.

Monday, 25 August 2014

September Meeting - a sneak preview

One advantage of our guild membership is the opportunity to have Folios owned and looked after by the Guild on loan to the branch.

Our  September meeting is  a special member's workshop where we have arranged to have three folios on loan from the Guild collection.  The folios are Africa, Plant Forms and  Fabric Spray and Paint by Vicky Lugg.

With the whole meeting devoted to the Folios all members should get plenty of opportunity to see all three and will be able to take photographs and  make sketches.  If you are new to drawing or want to brush up on your skills before the day take a look at

Next years Summer competition is  'Inspired by the Folios' so come along in September to be inspired.

Now for the promised sneak preview :

Friday, 15 August 2014

Review a DVD

Are you enjoying the Colouricious DVD's? 

If you would like to comment to help other members decide what they would like to borrow or just let us know what you think so far send an us email to

And a reminder of what it is all about:

Branch DVD Library

We have purchased a set of the Colouricious Textile Workshops DVDs. These fabulous DVDs cover a wide range of topics, and provide easy to follow instructions to help you develop a new skill.

We will be bringing them along to future sessions for members to borrow. There will be a small charge of £1 per DVD, which will be put towards buying other interesting items for the library for future.

The titles are:

Textile Art “Talking Threads"
Create, learn and be inspired by the leading textile artists featured in this textile art DVD of the acclaimed Sky TV series and watch these brilliant textile art courses you can do from home.

Christmas Crafts Projects
This special textile art DVD helps you make Christmas uniquely yours. Learn eight different Christmas craft ideas and techniques as our textile artists share their projects with you.

Creative Bondaweb
Bondaweb is a textile adhesive used in all kinds of modern textile art. Learn about how to use this product and the craft ideas you can use this fabric adhesive for.

Creative Free Machine Embroidery
Have you always wanted to use embroidery to embellish your textile art? Gina teaches you about understanding the embroidery machine, needles, threads and fabrics you can use for machine embroidery projects.

Recycle Reborn
Learn how to use techniques like block printing, free machining, dyeing and using an embellishing machine to transform materials into great, recycled mixed media crafts. Make beads, bags, laptop bags, coasters, cushion covers, cards and more from something you would have thrown in the bin. Be inspired by our recycled textile artwork and discover the wonderful projects, you too can create.

Embellishing machine Level 1
This textile art DVD will guide you through easy sewing projects and dry needle felting for beginners to create stunning embellished fabric art and great craft embellishment project ideas with your embellishing machine.

Embellishing Machine Level 2
Join textile designer Myfanwy Hart in this home course Embellishing and Sewing Workshop.  Discover the kinds of fabrics and fibers you can embellish and have fun creating simple textile art.

Embroidery Textile Landscapes
Meet textile artist Gilda Baron who creates fabulous textile landscapes. She teaches using widely available and surprising craft materials, and easy beginner textile techniques to create her textile art.

Indian Block Printing
Creator of Colouricious and textile artist Jamie Malden teaches you about one of her biggest passions, block printing textile design. Print your own fabric to enhance your textile project to new levels, create totally unique fabric and have fun all at the same time! Get started on your block printing adventure by having a look at our wonderful selection of sewing crafts wooden printing blocks designed for embroidery and sewing projects featured in the embroidery DVDs.

Quilting Arts Patchwork
In this textile art DVD you can get even better when you can incorporate the fabrics into your own easy sewing projects even suitable for beginners.

Stitch Embroidery Velvet
If you have never thought about using velvet before in your creative textile design, you will now. Develop through every chapter, adding layers and experimenting with fabric paint, transfer foil, glitter, organza and machine embroidery designs and ideas.

Textile Art Techniques
Marilyn Pipe teaches textile arts and crafts which includes Lutradur, tyvek, rust fabric and bondaweb. From using bondaweb on sari silk, needle felting sheers, rust dyeing fabric, all the way to using a craft heat gun on industrial tyvek. In this textile art DVD create cushions, cards, crafts and anything you want.

Textile Design Transfer Paints
Meet textile artist Mary Gamester and watch as she guides you though how to design your own fabric by textile printing with fabric transfer paint.

Textiles Lutradur
Textile artist Ineke Berlyn reveals the secrets of lutradur, an industrial material you may not have thought of using in your textile art.

As we anticipate that these DVDs may be popular, we are only allowing each member to borrow one DVD in the first instance, and if more than one person wants to borrow one DVD, we'll randomly decide who can borrow it.

We will also be asking members to sign a small form to confirm that they will look after the DVDs, and return them on time - this will be brought to the session.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Time for Competition planning

As you know we have our own competitions twice a year, at the summer party and at out Christmas Meeting.

Last month we had 'Happy Days'
Margaret's Happy Days winning entry
In December our theme is Holidays. If you haven't entered before or for a long time it is a great chance to show your work to fellow members. The theme can be interpreted as widely as you like and knowing our members this will bring in a very wide range of work.

It might be a piece you have had tucked away for years or an item you have created especially for this competition. Any work is accepted, a long as it has some stitching - hand or machine; it can be a framed picture or a 3D extravaganza, a cushion or a bag.   

Voting is simple - dishes will be provided and a coin of any value counts as one vote (and swells our funds). Members can vote as many times as they wish and the entry with the most coins is announced during the meeting and the cup is handed over.

As well as our branch competitions members have joined in at other events:
Meriel's Regional Day entry

Anne's Uttoxeter prize winning piece

Other competitions you might be interested in include:

  • Regional Day 2015 - theme 'All That Glisters is not Gold' - due by 20th June 2015, no published size restriction yet
  • British Quilt and Stitch Village at Uttoxeter - five categories, entry form is here:
    • Traditional Embroidery - Traditional techniques
    • Innovative Embroidery - non-Traditional techniques and/or materials
    • Three Dimensional category
    • Special Theme Category - British Royalty
    • Children's Category - open to an individual child or group of children aged up to 16
      • There are also quilt categories
  • The Members Challenge 2015 is also 'All that glisters' - possibility of a twofer there! 
  • There will also be a competition at Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch next year more details to follow
  • The Madeira competition at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show next year is Glimpses Of Scotland, more info will be online from September. 
And a little advanced information 
  • our competition next summer is 'Inspired by the Folios' so come along in September to be inspired.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

National Stitch Day at the Library of Birmingham 2104

We were at the library in August to celebrate National Stitch day. 

Our display

There were 13 members - it was lucky for us! A total of 20 visitors stopped by to look, chat and join in including Eleanor with her mum Louise and gran Sheila.  Eleanor was soon stitching with help from Anne, not interested in Binca her eyes lit up at the sight of the doodle leaves and when she left us she had learned some new stitches including French knots and she took her work away to complete.

Seven people who have been before joined us again and others hope to be back now they know of our regular monthly spot.

There was plenty of choice for visitors to join in 

Members continued with their doodled leaves and other projects.

Emma working on a detailed cross stitch design

2 different styles of leaf from Janet (above)
and from Debbie

We will be back on September 6th in our normal spot in the  Mezzanine floor above the library cafe from 11am until about 2pm