Sunday, 31 May 2015

Summer Competition 13 July 2015 - Inspired by the Portfolios

Last September we had an inspiring meeting where we were able to look at a collection of Guild Portfolios.

Lots of us took photographs, some sketched and we were all inspired.

The theme for our summer competition is 'Inspired by the Portfolios' and it's nearly here so if you haven't already got your entry ready it's time to start. here's a bit of a reminder of what we saw.

Remember this is not about copying a design and you can interrupt the theme however you like.

 Here's a bit of a reminder of what we saw last September:-

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.

Friday, 22 May 2015

An Update - Requirements List - Tantalising Textile Tag Books with Angie Hughes

A few people have queried the image required - Angie has confirmed it can be on paper, fabric or anything else you may have, they need to be about 10cm high (that's 4" in old money).

Wish you were coming? 

Check with Margaret or email there are only a few spaces left.

Here's a reminder of the list -
We are looking forward to Angie Hughes's workshop on the 27th of June. The requirements list for the session is below:

  • Something to make the base out of, pelmet Vilene, about ½ metre (Angie will have some for sale)
  • A few scraps of colourful fabric for the base and decoration, Angie's are hand dyed and printed
  • A nice central image, Angie's was an elephant from an Indian miniature painting Angie found on the net; she will have some to choose from
  • A price labels and brads
  • Some letter blocks and stamping pad
  • Starry Sequins, beads things to decorate
  • Bondaweb and baking parchment
  • Iron and board
  • Hand sewing threads and twinkly cords (there’s a little bit of machining but you can use Angie's machine for this)
  • Sewing kit, scissors etc.
Angie will bring everything else we need.

For a downloadable list, click here.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Workshop in Nottinghamshire

Living Threads are running a number of workshops through July and August.  Take a look at their website for more details Or just have a look at the website anyway!



Monday, 18 May 2015

Stephanie Redfern RBSA Exhibition

Some of you will recall attending a workshop with Stephanie in 2012.  Stephanie currently has an exhibition at RBSA until 13 June with demonstrations on May 23rd and June 13th. Follow the link for more details. Stephanie

Friday, 15 May 2015

Bring out your Buttons!

At our June branch meeting (June 8th), Jennifer Swindells will be joining us for a brilliant talk on the history of buttons. 

This is advance notice to have a sort through your button tin  as Jenny will look at old buttons brought in by members and tell people about them.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Travelling Books

We had a great branch session last night, introducing the travelling books project.

If you could not make the session but want to join in, please email ASAP, before the June branch meeting.

There was supposed to be a handout for everyone, but Heather forgot to give it out. The handout is available here:
Copies will be available at the next branch meeting.

If you want to review the presentation and find out more, see this file:

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Custard Factory Open Studio 16 May

 There is a chance to see behind the scenes at the Custard Factory - featuring our own Tina Francis!!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Nottinghamshire Open Day

A diary date:

 OPEN DAY Saturday 9th May 2015 

at the Risley Village Memorial Hall

 [Sat Nav DE72 3SU]

The members of the Group are offering for sale Textiles & Finished Work, Materials, Fabrics, Cards, Books, Tools etc. at very reasonable prices. Do come and browse, refreshments will be available, free entrance & parking.

To see more information take a look at the website :

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

May Branch Meeting - Travelling Books

At this Monday's branch meeting (May 11th) we will be starting our Travelling Books Project, which you may have seen this discussed in previous issues of Contact magazine. The project involves members having their own book, and working in groups to create a small piece of embroidery each month in each book in turn, leading to a fabulous range of embroidery which the book's owner gets to keep at the end.

Some travelling books created by the Oxford branch
The Branch will supply the books for members to work in, and we would love for as many members as possible to take part in this fun project.

If you haven't already sorted your proxy vote for The Guild Constitutional Change Clare will be there and is happy to take proxy votes along to the EGM for you.  

If you want to know more follow this link  https://www.embroiderersguild you will need your membership number on your membership card and your password.

If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, and the first session is free, with a charge of £4 thereafter. Please see here for details of where we meet. See you there!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

A Great Day Out in Royal Leaminton Spa

There is still time to get your tickets for this year's West Midland Regional Day in Leamington Spa Saturday June 20th.

Last year we had an excellent day in Stafford.  With the speakers lined up, the competition set and, not forgetting the shopping opportunity, this year is bound to be an interesting and inspiring day.

Nicola Jarvis Blue Birds in progress

It is always a good opportunity to catch up with friends from the branch and region and to meet new people with a common interest.

It will be good to see the competition entries:
2014 prize entry

Winner of the members vote 2014

We will all be particularly interested as we know who the baton is to be passed to as we start the countdown to 2016. Will Bernadette give a speech to rival Boris Johnson in Beijing in 2008?  You have to be there to find out!!

Contact Clare to reserve your tickets or let us know at tickets will also be on sale at the branch meeting 11 May please bring your cheque book! We will arrange a car share please let Clare know when booking if you are interested.  

The important details:

Embroiderers Guild West Midlands
29th Regional Day

Saturday 20th June 2015
10 am to 4 pm
North Leamington High School
Sandy Lane
Leamington Spa
CV32 6RD
The venue has good parking.
Professor Giorgio Riello of Warwick University speaks in the morning on 'Decorating Textiles'.
Nicola Jarvis is giving The Madeira Lecture in the afternoon on 'Goldwork'.

It is Leamington branches 50th anniversary.
The competition is 'All That Glisters Is Not Gold'.
The Young Embroiderers' competition is 'Bright and Shiny'. Group entries will be accepted.
Traders include:
Mulberry Silks
21st Century Yarns
Caroline Gayton Goldwork
Two of a Kind- Jane Davies and Angela Thompson
Tickets are £20 (an optional lunch costs £10 or you can take your own packed lunch