Tuesday, 28 July 2015

You are invited to stitch a Tea Party at the Library of Birmingham.

This Saturday August 1st we will be in our usual place on the mezzanine floor of the library between 11 & 2, but there is a special difference as it is National Stitch Day.

This year there is a tea party theme as it is theme is the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

We will be providing templates and calico for you to do your own design of teacup, cupcake, pocket watch, teapot or a top hat.  

Please bring along a 5 inch embroidery hoop if you have one and your normal sewing kit, we will have threads to share but do bring your own as well if you wish.

Elizabeth has suggested that the finished items can go toward a Tactile Book for Clear Vision so if you wish you can contribute your finished item to Elizabeth.

Anyone of any age or ability can join us and there will be plenty of materials and help to share so why not bring you favourite tea cup and join in the fun!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Saturday at the Library of Birminghan but remember no branch meeting in August

Just a reminder that there is no branch meeting in August, as it's our summer break, however we will be at the Library as usual on Saturday August 1st and its National Stich day so we have a special Alice in Wonderland tea party theme. See here for details.

'Come Stitch With Us' at the Library of Birmingham

Friday, 24 July 2015

More CoCoMad

A few more pictures from CoCoMad:
Making an Owl brooch

More raffle tickets please

Plenty for sale or just to admire

Bunting at work

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

July Notices note correction

Please note National Stitch Day is on 1st August not as shown on the notices at the meeting.

Birmingham Branch Notices July 2015

Welcome to our summer party and to our speaker tonight Stevie Walker we are in for a treat and those members going to Westhope take the chance to think about what you would like to focus on that weekend. Please place your vote in our competition and enjoy looking at all of the pieces and thank you to those who have entered. Make the most of the cakes, many thanks go to Angela and Jayne for working so hard to provide them.
Extraordinary AGM the resolution was carried with a large majority. Thank you to Clare for attending on our behalf and she will happily tell you more about the meeting if you want to ask her. Thank you as well to all of you who voted.
Regional Day happened in June at Leamington Spa. Those of us who went to the event had a great day with fantastic speakers and took lots of notes for next year. It inspired us all to look forward to our event which is also going to be well worth going to. Great news is that Frank Nutt has agreed to provide a sewing machine for the raffle next year we are very grateful for his support. For those of you who don’t know his shop is in Poplar Road Kings Heath its great to have such local backing.
Regional AGM is on 26th September if you want to go please let Clare know tonight, or over the summer, there are notices on the side table with more details. We will organise shared travel at our meeting in September.
The list for individual members who are willing to lend their own equipment is up and running please have a look and add items you can lend if you would like to.
Thank you all for continuing to support the raffle and the colour for September is Violet so please bring a contribution in that colour if you can, to that Meeting.
Don’t forget our Saturday Day Schools and see Margaret if you are interested in any of them.
West hope if you are coming please speak to Anne or Bernadette tonight about what you would like to do with Sarah, having had a chance to see her work. Please also put your name and details on the list on the side if you want to share transport.
Clear Vision: This is going well. If you would like to get involved see Elizabeth Parker.
CoCoMad Thank you to those who helped on the day and with donations of things to sell. We made £222 with the raffle being particularly successful. A particular thank you to Angela and Janet Molloy they raced around at the beginning of the day when we were without a table (my fault). Temporarily lost keys and sweet talking a nice young man and the problem was resolved.
Membership fee 2015/16. As you know the membership fee from the National Guild isn’t increasing and we are continuing to absorb last year’s increase and aren’t putting our rate up so the overall fee for our branch remains the same. We are able to do that locally because of your support for the Raffle and for Cocomad which help to balance our books!
Show and Tell The committee has decided that starting in September there will be a table in the foyer each meeting for you to put items of your work for us to enjoy and learn from. We will have cards on the table and ask that you put your name on a card to identify your piece and to allow others to ask you about it. Please support this we have missed the pleasure of seeing members work on a regular basis. Please bring your summer stitching to share in September
National Stitch Day is on 1st August we will be in the Library as usual and instead of doing our own projects we will all be joining in and completing a piece of stitching on the theme of the Tea Party. Materials will be provided on the day so please join us and bring your sewing kit and some threads if you would like. Tell friends this is happening and they are welcome to call in.
Branch Exhibition we are exploring with the Coffin Works in the Jewellery quarter to have an exhibition of our work themed around Memory in the Autumn of 2016 so watch this space for more information soon.
Next year’s committee. As you know all of the committee are willing to serve another year if you would like us to. Heather is staying as Vice Chair but relinquishing IT to Jayne. We have set up a new programme planning committee for the programme 2016 to 2017 and Jayne and Meriel are going to head this up with some help from Anne. We would like another couple of member’s to join us: one to join the programme planning group and another to act as membership secretary, working with Anne to take some of the load off her. Please think about standing and see anyone of us for more information. We have a lovely time working together and new members bring new ideas which are always needed.
There will be nomination forms for the committee and for the officers available in September for the AGM the following month.
2016 is the 300th Anniversary of Capability Brown's birth. A visit to Charlecote Park on 14th July has been organised by the region and Clare and Margaret are going on our behalf. Lorna is going to be our liaison person with the region for this project and we should know much more when we meet again in September.
Makitlace and Needlcraft show in Solihull December 5th have offered exhibition space to the Guild, we have said that we would be interested in sending some exhibits, but don’t have more details as yet.
Beautiful Birmingham Project: Bernadette is meeting with someone from the Asian Women’s Textile Group in the city to discuss some coordinated contributions to this. Again we will know more in September.
September’s meeting on 14th features Sarah Burgess talking about Landscapes of the Imagination should be an informative and stimulating start to the new programme. The Raffle colour is violet so please bring a contribution if you can stitch related or not.
Hope you really enjoy tonight and have a great summer. Keep in touch via the blog we will continue to update it. As you can see there are a number of exciting projects around as well as the regional day next year, so September’s notices should make for interesting reading, as further developments get reported on. Hope to see some of you at the Library in August.

Bernadette on behalf of the committee   

Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer Party - July meeting

This month we were joined by Stevie Walker who showed us lots of examples of her lovely work and told us of her experience in stitch which started making dolls and enjoying needle work as a hobby. After moving to Shropshire Stevie discovered Westhope Collage where she quickly signed on for her City and Guilds and now teaches.

We heard about Stevie's inspirations from the wonderful local Shropshire landscape and her favourite artists including Samuel Palmer, Spencer gore, Gustac Klimt's landscapes, Egon Schiele, the Pre-Raphaelite and Philip Hughes.

Stevie loves sketching and photographing scenes that she then interrupts fro her work, exploring different methods including using soluble film, hand and machine stitch and machine felting.

More recent work from Stevie includes Lino cutting, machine line drawing making peg dolls and she is enjoying working in collaboration with her daughter Ellie.   

Those lucky enough to be going to our summer school at Westhope were able to chat to Stevie about the weekend and the work they will be doing.

Members work for the Summer Competition

And the raffle prize was......

Monday, 6 July 2015

July Branch meeting and Summer Party - Stevie Walker

This month (13th July), Stevie Walker will be joining us to share her gorgeous hand and machine embroidery. Stevie is also leading our Westhope Weekend in September, so it will be a good opportunity to find out more about the workshop on offer.

Allium by Stevie Walker
It is also our Summer Party, so there will be cakes and merriment - we'd love to see you there! Everyone will pay £2 'on the door' for the Summer party meeting.

The raffle is pink so please bring a contribution, sewing related or not.

Don't forget your competition entries the theme is Inspired by the folios time is running out so get a move on to have your entry ready.

If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, as tonight is party night there will be a £2.00 charge but if you come along in September we will count it as your first meeting and it will be free, with a charge of £4 thereafter. Please see here for details of where we meet.

Sunday, 5 July 2015


We had a good day at CoCoMad Festival in Cotteridge Park yesterday. Once again the sun shone and the stall had a good buzz. Angela Attwood's buddleia cushion was a real hit and we sold lots of raffle tickets. The raffle raised about £50. We sold lots of things and the childrens' lucky dip was a big hit, we had to keep finding more things to put in it. The boys especially loved it and who could resist at 20p a go.
Janet's pop up pergola was great for keepng the sun out, but I still go sunburnt!
Thanks to the COCoMad Committee and to all who helped before and on the day.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Useful Links

Did you enjoy the images in the Tantalising Textile Tag Books.  Here are a couple of useful links if you want to find some for use in your work :  melsbrushes &  fairy . Do check the T&C.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

CoCo Mad this Saturday

Don't forget to join us at Cocomad . Follow the link for directions, parking is limited so try to use public transport if you can (it is a 5 minute walk from Bournville station). 

CoCoMAD 2015  4th July

"The small but perfectly formed festival in Cotteridge Park"

Lets have fun in the park:

CoComad 2014

At CocoMad we will be encouraging people of all ages both new or back to stitch so on the day we will have activities for all ages and abilities.  

Some members have put their name on a rota and we are hoping that many more members, old and new, will come along on the day to help with the stall and with stitching with visitors. We will all be joining in the fun and have chance to look around so please pop along at any-time if you are not on the rota. 

There is lots more to see follow the link to see more details of CocoMad . It is also Library day but there will be plenty of time to come along afterwards.

We have lots of lovely items donated by members for sale and for raffle prizes but will be happy to have many more to make a great display and to showcase members work whilst raising money for our branch.  
Raffle Prizes

Items for sale

If you have items to donate for sale please bring them along on the day.

Saturday at the Library of Birmingham

Its a busy weekend with Coco Mad but we will still be at the library hosted by Anne so do pop along and keep her company in the usual spot between 11 & 2.

Everyone is welcome to join us to bring any stitching projects you are working on whether you need a bit of help or encouragement or just want to join in the social event and carry on with your project. We will have felt, binca and other activities for both adults and children.

Even if you can only make it for an hours or so do come along to catch up, have a chat and a stitch.