Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Breaking news! Programme change November 2014

Sadly Linda Carter is unable to join us in November but we have been lucky to sign up Tina Francis.

Tina creates one off tapestry designs using second-hand wool, these designs are then used as the basis for wall art and interior accessories.

At our meeting Tina will take us through a workshop creating a unique Canvas Work Brooch using second hand wool and everyone will take away there own creations.

Image from tina-francis-tapestry

Want to see more - take a look at Tina's website.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Library of Birmingham Saturday 4th October

Lots of support at the Library please. It's Heather's big day so we are short of a few regulars. 

We are in 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. 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.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Did you miss out on the desk lights or would like another?  Anne is looking to order a more and as price will depend on the number ordered can you please email birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com to let her know you are interested and the number you require.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Coats Craft UK Members discounts

Don.'t forget Coats Craft UK are offering a 10% discount on full priced articles in their House of Fraser/Beatties and Concession Departments to Guild Members on production of their membership cards. There are branches of House of Fraser/Beatties in Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Telford and Leamington.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

September notes

Branch Notices September 2014

Welcome back everyone we hope you had a wonderful summer. Bernadette is sorry to be missing the September meeting but having had a sneak preview of the folios is sure that you will have a great evening. The following notices update you on a number of issues. Pleasecontact any committee member tonight, or at any time if you want to discuss anything further.
Membership renewal is happening now if you haven’t already, please get a form from Anne who can also answer any queries you might have. We really hope that you will all feel able to join again.
If at any time you come across a possible speaker for a branch meeting please let one of the committee know, with full contact details especially email if possible.
Hopefully some progress has happened on your Tolkien pieces over the summer but there is still time if not. Good news from Bernadette’s point of view who has yet to produce something. See Clare if you need any help or advice and if you can pieces by October would be great if not by the end of the year.
We hope you enjoyed the DVD library those of you who borrowed something it is a continuing resource so please make use of it.
Please come along to the Birmingham Library on 4th October if you can, to sit and stitch. Owing to Heathers wedding some of the regulars won’t be there so additional support would be really welcome.
A reminder that we would like to have an additional Committee member so please if you are interested speak to an existing member. Existing members will be standing again, but may revise some roles. Clare has nomination forms.
Branch Timeline Clare has done a great job producing this. Copies will go in welcome packs
Staffordshire Hoard
The October bag is brown so any contributions for that would be very welcome.
Bernadette Wilkinson and Heather Ramsden on behalf of the committee

Friday, 12 September 2014

Inspiring September Meeting

September Members Workshop  Guild Portfolios

Wow we had the chance to be up close and personal with 3 of the guilds portfolios. Members passed around the folios, many photographers  and some sketchers whilst others just chose to look and be inspired.
The new lights had their introduction and came in very useful.

Janet sketching

We are expecting great things for next years branch competition ' Inspired by The folios'.

There was also a lot of interest in the books, created to help blind children, bought along by Elizabeth, some were Elizabeth's own creation others by members of Solihull Branch. The books are now ready to go off and be transcribed in Braille and will then go to a library to be lent out to individual children and schools.

A book already transcribed in Braille

And this moths pink raffle bag (or was it not!) won by Janet

See you next monh for the AGM, The 'Brown Raffle' and Claire Muir will talk to us about Hats, Flowers and Fascinators

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

September at the Library

We had our lovely Saturday chatty, sewy (and knitty) Saturday at the library with members and visitors working on a variety of projects. Janet from the Derbyshire Branch came along to see what we got up to along with Susan, Angela, Margaret, Marie, Emma, Stuart, Janet, Anne, Elizabeth, Betty, Laura and Jayne.

Sue starting her Dorset Posy 

A bit of guidance from Angela

Margaret working on hessian 

Anne's Pharaoh 

And the finished article 

Angela inspired from Stitch magazine bought along some finished Posies.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

It's a pink meeting 8 September (and don't forget your cheque book)

I know it doesn't seem 5 minutes since we had our summer party, packed our buckets & spades along with our summer sewing projects and set off for the long summer holidays.

As we know all good things must come to an end and it's that time of the year again when our annual subscriptions are due.  Remember it costs the branch money to pay cash into the bank so please have your cheque books at the ready or arrange to pay by bank transfer if you can.

Pink Raffle:

This months raffle bag is pink so whether it is  'baby', 'shocking' or my favorite pink 'Rosé' please try to bring a small something to add to the bag. It doesn't have to be stitch (or wine) related; the people that have won so far love the wide variety of items in the bags.

Tolkien Project: 

If you have been working hard on your Tolkien piece remember to bring it along on Monday.

Members special:

This is our special member's workshop and we have  three folios: Africa, Plant Forms and  Fabric Spray and Paint by Vicky Lugg on loan from the Guild collection.

With the whole meeting devoted to the Folios we should get plenty of opportunity to see all three and will be able to take photographs and make sketches. Lorna will have ideas for those of us who don't sketch to have a go.

Don't forget next years Summer competition is  'Inspired by the Folios' so this will be a chance to do some preparation. 

None members are always welcome to come along for a try.

See you on Monday!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Linda Lavin Workshops in Redditch

I have just received an email about these workshops:

Summer not yet gone – but evenings are starting to draw in – children back to school – how about starting that new project that you have always intended doing??  Here are just a few new workshops that we have introduced at The Old Needle Works.  Workshop numbers are limited to either 6 or 10 – so don’t be disappointed – book your place now.

Bookings will be closing very soon on this workshop – limited places left:

​SHIRT HACK – Sewing revolution and upcycle unwanted clothes – with Jenni Taylor
SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER – 10.00 AM TO 3.3. PM            COST £50.00 (bring a couple of old clean shirts and your rags!)

WEDNESDAY 8 OCTOBER – 10.00 AM TO 2.00 PM                              COST £25.00 (bring your overlocker)

​3D VESSEL WORKSHOP – with Sheila Davies (of Celyn Textiles)
Friday 17 (6 pm to 8 pm) and Saturday 18 October 10 am to 4 pm               Cost £55.00 (plus materials)

Friday 17 October (4 pm to 8 pm) Saturday 18 October (9 am to 6 pm) and Sunday 19 October (9. Am to 3 pm)        Cost £145.00 for 3 days (plus materials)

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October – 10 am to 4 pm both days                  Cost £125.00 (plus materials)



Linda Lavin
I.D.C Academy Fashion & Textiles

The Old Needle Works
Cedar House - Britten Street
Redditch - Worcs - B97 6HD