Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Requirements List for Greta Fitchett Dayschool

This is the requirements list for the Greta Fitchett dayschool this Saturday

Box of Chox with Greta Fitchett

This is the solution to those of us who are calorie conscious! A box of chocolates made entirely from fabric and thread and hand stitching. Soft sculptures made to look like chocolates, and embellished with hand embroidery and beading to create inviting surfaces. Set off in a chocolate box you will have to stop your friends from eating them.


  • An Empty Chocolate Box with all the packaging – a single layer is enough. I used a Fererro Rocher with the plastic tray inside. The lidded Perspex container allows for easy viewing of the box contents. These come in different sizes depending on how ambitious you are!
  • Small petit four paper cases
  • Padded sticky fixers
  • Fabric and Threads:
  • Fabric in chocolate colours such as dark and medium brown and cream. Plain cotton, calico and polyester fabrics are suitable.
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Beads – brown, black, pink and tiny pearls
  • Toy stuffing
  • Hand embroidery thread such as stranded cotton in brown, cream and pink


  • 45 mm yo yo maker by Clover, if you have one, or something to draw a circle of the same
  • size (compass and pencil)
  • Sheet of A4 paper
  • Hand sewing, embroidery and beading needles
  • Scissors for cutting fabric and threads
  • Book of embroidery stitches
If you would like to download a printable version of this list, please click here.

There's still a place left on this workshop, so if you're interested, email

Raffle Bags and Christmas Basket

In November, our raffle bag was silver in colour:

It contained these beautiful items, and was won by Geri - congratulations!

December's raffle bag will be gold, and we will also be having a Christmas basket, so please bring in any gold items, and anything festive for these.

See you at the next branch meetin on December 8th, where we will be finding out more about Clearvision tactile books for blind and partially sighted children.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Stitched Brooches with Tina Francis

We had a great branch meeting this week, making our own tapestry needlework brooches with Tina Francis, who brought detailed instructions, canvas, yarns and needles to enable us to stitch our own brooches.

Tina showed us some of her work, and explained that as we were using multiple colours, they would tone well to make beautiful unique items, something that was borne out when we saw the finished article.

We also enjoyed the opportunity to chat, and there was a lively buzz in the air.

Our new set of daylight lamps came in handy too.

A brooch in progress

And the finished article

Monday, 3 November 2014

November Branch Meeting: Stitched Brooches with Tina Francis

Our next Branch meeting on Monday the 10th of November will be a practical workshop session, open to all members and visitors.

Tina Francis, a tapestry embroiderer who has recently joined the Birmingham branch, is going to be teaching us all how to make canvas work brooches, which are ideal for using up oddments of tapestry or other wool you may have around. The materials are being provided, so the session is ideal both for beginners to canvas work, and for more experienced stitchers, as it presents the opportunity to stitch, catch up with guild friends, and also to finish (or nearly finish!) a project, ideal for a Christmas gift.

Brooches by Tina Francis

If you've always thought about coming down to the branch, how about giving this session a go! See here for info on where we meet.