Sunday, 4 January 2015

Year In Review - 2014

The start of a new year is a time for looking back, and for Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild, 2014 was a very good year. Here's a summary of what we did.

January 2014:
We started the year with our Tolkien session, which led to the wall hanging which members are currently creating.

Also in January: We had the first of our raffle bags, which was red, and we're looking forward to another year of raffle bags.

February 2014
We enjoyed a Tale of Two Members session, seeing lots of lovely work from Angela and Margaret.

Also in February: we had a great Come Stitch With Us Session at the Library of Birmingham, with 10 people in attendance. Our sessions have grown in size since then, and we are looking forward to them throughout 2015.

March 2014
In March, we welcomed the Friends Meeting House steward, Tina Helfrich, who shared her knowledge of Amish Quilts with us, along with many photos and some physical quilts.

Also in March: We welcomed Kay and Michael Dennis for a Stumpwork workshop, and members enjoyed a trip to the NEC for the Sewing for Pleasure show.

A stumpwork strawberry in progress
April 2014
In April, we welcomed Mr X Stitch, who shared his own work with is, as well as lots of fabulous inspirational stitching from around the internet.

Also in April: we had a lovely yellow raffle bag, and the regional embroidery project for the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery was underway - you can read Clare's interim report on it here.

May 2014
May was a very busy month, as well as lots of announcements and ongoing plans, we enjoyed stitching doodled leaves.

Also in May: Members had a successful trip to Uttoxeter Quilt and Stitch Village, winning several prizes in the competition.

June 2014
In June, Felicity Howatson came to share examples of her ecclesiastical embroidery with us, accompanied by many amusing tales.

Also in June: June Parkinson showed us magical ways with lutradur, and we started the branch DVD library.

One of the finished pieces from June's Lutradur workshop.
July 2014
In July, we had a fabulous summer party, where we enjoyed a talk on handmade fabric cakes from Greta Fitchett, as well as eating lots of cakes, having a great competition, and raffles.

Also in July: We had a fabulous day at the CoCoMAD festival, and found out about a discount for Guild Members at House of Fraser.

August 2014
August is always a quiet month for the branch, however we enjoyed celebrationg the National Day of Stitch with a practical session at the Library of Birmingham.

September 2014
In September, we had an inspirational practical session, looking at some of the Folios from EG House. Don't forget that the competition theme this Summer is 'Inspired By The Folios', so you may wish to refer back to any notes and sketches you took to start creating your entry.

Also in September: We had a fun, chatty session at the Library.


One of the pieces from the Folios
October 2014
October was our Branch AGM, and Claire Muir shred some of her lovely fascinators with us.

Also in October: As it was our AGM, we had the annual Chair's and Treasurer's reports.

November 2014
In November, Tina Francis led a fun practical session where we stitched tapestry brooches using oddments of wool; a technique that several members have been inspired to develop into cards and other projects.

December 2014
In December, Alex from Clear Vision came to show us the tactile books that the charity uses to support blind and partially sighted people with enjoying books and reading.

Also in December: Several members enjoyed a dayschool with Greta Fitchett, creating hand stitched 'chocolates'.


Some hand stitched chocolates.
For a look further back, feel free to read our reviews of 2013 and 2012. To look forward to the year ahead, here is the 2015 programme, and here are the 2015 dayschools.

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