Thursday, 15 October 2015

October Meeting Notices

Embroiderers’ Guild Birmingham Branch: Meeting Notices October 15

Welcome to a busy evening; our AGM to begin the evening and then a talk from Bren Broadman, who will be sharing some of her wonderful work.
As you know it is membership renewal time. Please see Anne Haigh or Jeanette if you have yet to renew your membership – I only got around to doing it a couple of days ago, but am now safely re-joined and looking forward to a full and exciting year. A thank you on behalf of all of us to all of the committee for their hard work last year.
Some of us went to the regional AGM and had a good day with great soup! You should have received information from the National Guild by email with important documents about the future structures of the guild and the national consultation. Please read them carefully and think about your reply. It is your personal view they are looking for but the committee will discuss this when we meet on 23rd November and will feedback any useful information and reflections by the Christmas meeting.
Clare continues to be our link person for the Capability Brown Project which is progressing. We had some feedback at the regional AGM. If you would like to participate please start thinking about the subject and what you might like to do and let Clare know. There is another meeting of the planning group at the end of the month, so Clare should have clear instructions by the next meeting. There is some further information and some photographs on the blog and if you are able to visit Charlecote Park don’t forget it is free entry with your guild membership card till the end of the year.
We also have a chance to exhibit some of our own work at the Makit and Lacit Exhibition in Solihull the weekend on 5th December pieces can be hung or free standing. We need 3 volunteers to steward and volunteers to set up on the Friday afternoon. We need around 8 pieces of work to be brought to the November meeting and maybe some travelling books. Again Clare is liaising (what would we do without her) so have a word with her if you need further information. It would be helpful if you could let her know tonight if you have a piece you would like to include. Please label your pieces carefully with your name and contact details and package them in a way that you are sure will allow their safe transport. Make sure both the packaging and the piece are labelled so they can be reunited at the end. Clare will be organising volunteer names at the November branch meeting. The fair is held at Cranmore Park, Cranmore Avenue, Shirley, Solihull B90 4LE. There is a web site for the venue and for the Makit Fairs. Tickets are £7.50 but if you order in advance and buy two tickets, they are £6.50 there is free parking.
The travelling books are continuing to be a great success and we hope you are all enjoying participating. A reminder that if you have any anxieties about the process or about how to include your piece in the book securely have a word with Heather or another committee member. At the end of this cycle we will be reviewing how things have gone and will ask for your feedback then in the meantime we hope you keep on enjoying the project.
We are aware that car parking is an issue. There isn’t an easy answer but we would encourage you to park as best you can but be ready to move your car quickly at the end of the meeting if you are blocking anyone in. We also want to encourage as much car sharing as we can and Meriel is going to organise a car pool so that individuals can be put in touch with others in their area who might want to travel with them.
Clare, Betty and Elizabeth, building on their wonderful work for the Staffordshire Hoard Exhibition, are planning something based on that for a meeting next year. Watch this space! It should be a great opportunity and particularly useful for anyone inexperienced with hand stitching.
Washboard Health Group. The first meeting went well as we explored ideas on how to bring the work together into a hanging with Qulsom and her research assistant, Jo. There were only 2 women attending the group, however Qulsom is going to various things on Friday to encourage others to come back or to join the group. The idea is to dye some curtain lining, print it with motifs/designs created by the group and then to apply their existing work to the background, using stitch to add detail to some of the existing work as well as a means of attaching to the background. Thank you to June and Liz who attended the first meeting and brought some great ideas to the morning. We have a plan for the next meeting, and then we’ll see where that leads to. There may be a chance for more to get involved one Saturday as they are thinking of running a community day to have people add stitch to the back ground. I’ll let people know if that is arranged so they can drop in if they want to.
We have been lucky enough to be able to buy Angie Atwoods’ wonderful kits and a discount at meetings. We would like to extend this possibility to any branch members who would like to sell their work. If they are commercial pieces like Angie’s we would ask for a members discount; there is no charge for selling at the meeting. If you want to sell pieces for charity there is no charge and no expectation of a discount. We will have a space in the lobby set aside and will see how it goes for the next few months
As you know some of us were lucky enough to go to Westhope in September and had a wonderful time. We have booked again in two years’ time. The weekend of 8th to 10th September 2017. More details nearer the time.
Thank you to our tea and coffee makers tonight and thank you for your continuing support for the raffle. Novembers colour is Silver and the November meeting is a wonderful opportunity to hear Pat Trott talk about Mountmellick work. I sadly can’t make that meeting I am very disappointed, but work has got in the way. Heather will be standing in and I hope you have a wonderful evening.
Bernadette Wilkinson on behalf of the committee.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

October Meeting ; AGM and Bren Boardman

Agm - 44 attended:

The chairs report is on the blog to read in full.
Last years minutes were proposed and seconded.
3 officers  Bernadette, Anne and Clare were re-elected 
New Young Embroiderers' leader Ruth Dugdale reported on the YE activities.  A request was made for any suitable project ideas taking around 2 and a half hours these can be passed to Ruth or Janet Lee.
Anne Haigh gave the Treasurers report which was proposed and seconded.
Janette Hunter was proposed and seconded as a new committee member and the present committee was re-elected unopposed. 

Branch Meeting:
The Meeting notices are on the blog.
If anyone has articles or other input for Branchline  please forward to Marion email to o rbring them along next month the newsletter can then be produced for our December meeting.             June Parkinson told us about an exhibition by Sutton Coldfield Creative Stitcher's for more information see
If you are planning a piece for the Capability Brown project or would like to be part of a group visit please contact Clare.
Car parking is sometimes an issue so we are looking to encourage car sharing. There is a map which will be in the foyer again next meeting where you can flag your address to offer or request a lift.

Bren Boardman:

Bren was our speaker. She told us about her work and processes from inspiration boards

and sketch books
Through to some of her complete projects. 

This months raffle was bronze and members have again risen to the occasion with a lovely selection of items for the designer bags which will hopefully save many a 5p!

The next Meeting is on Monday November 9th.  Our Speaker is Pat Trott and the raffle is silver
Mountmellick embroidery by Pat Trott

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Birmingham Branch Embroiderers’ Guild: Chairs Report 2015

Birmingham Branch has had another very successful year and again this is due to the hard work of the committee and the enthusiasm of branch members. Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement. We have continued to grow and we see attracting new members and sharing enthusiasm for stitch, as an important part of our work. Our times at the Library on the first Saturday of the month make an important contribution to that. There have been significant national developments this year and we were pleased to exhibit some pieces at the national meeting held in Birmingham this year and supported the result of the vote. More important consultation is about to begin; please say what you think and help the guild develop in the best direction.
We have enjoyed a stimulating programme of workshops and meetings. This year’s A Tale of Two Members featured Meriel Hutton and Janet Lee who had varied stories and allowed us to share their wonderful work. We had a talk about colouring fabrics from Edwina MacKinnon and heard about the history of buttons from Jennifer Swindells and our Christmas competition this year is inspired by that. We have had member’s sessions including one on canvas work and have also used those sessions to kick start new initiatives including Travelling books which the branch has taken to with enthusiasm and Tactile books for visually impaired children, led by Elizabeth Parker. Our summer party featured great cakes from Angela Rowles and a talk from Stevie Walker. Some of us were able to have a weekend in Westhope with Stevie in September which was a great success. Our workshops have been well attended, a messy and fun day with Art Van Go and Tag making with Angie Hughes both very successful and a very recent gold-work day.
We completed our Tolkein Wall hanging and have again been involved in CoCoMad, the local park festival in July where we had a stall selling kits and finished items and providing a chance for others including children and their parents to join us in stitching. This was fun and also helped to generate funds for the Branch. Some of our branch members have been published or are about to be in Stitch, June Parkinson, Angela Atwood and Tina Francis. We are very proud of them. We have just started working with a group in Washwood Heath with some of our members helping them put together a hanging from elements of work they have been doing together.
We have started a DVD library and are lending out stamps and encouraging members to share equipment with others. The blog continues to thrive and that and email are really useful ways of communicating to each other and to others outside of the branch.
The planning group for the Regional Day (Heather, Meriel, Tina, Margaret, and Clare have been working hard planning for Saturday 18th June 2016 at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Oldbury. Huge thanks to them and soon branch members will have the chance to join in the preparations, making tags for the Goodie Bags. is the website for the Regional Day. Please make sure you have the date in your diary and get working on the competition ‘Within Your Footsteps: within 1000 footsteps of your front door’ and the YE/JETS competition is ‘Garden Details’.
Ruth Dugdale has taken over the leadership of the YE group with the ongoing support of Janet Lee. Ruth will do her own report but on behalf of the committee I would like to thank her and Janet for their ongoing commitment to young people and stitch.
Our monthly meetings continue to be well attended and the raffle led by Lorna and helped by all of you, goes from strength to strength. We are grateful to all of you who volunteer for a range of things including the tea and coffee. I am personally very grateful to all of the committee members and looking forward to working with Janette as well next year. Everyone on the committee makes a real contribution, planning the programme, greeting members and looking after new arrivals, managing our finances and membership, delivering on the blog and making sure we are all kept informed and receive important information from the guild. Clare and Heather also attend the regional committee and do fantastic work on our behalf. What I love best about the committee is that we all like and care about each other and have fun – what more can you want? Clare is also our liaison for the Capability Brown Project happening soon.
We are looking forward to next year with a varied programme and the challenge of the regional day. Please keep coming forward with ideas and suggestions and with new challenges for us all.
Bernadette Wilkinson

Friday, 9 October 2015

URGENT: Gold work Day school Kit will be £18!

The kit Helen McCook will provide for her day school tomorrow will cost £18.

Gold work supplies aren't cheap and the kit represents good value for money.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

October Branch Meeting - Bren Boardman

We will have our AGM before the meeting.
If you didn't fill in your renewal form last month Anne and Jeanette will be ready to take your form and cheques tonight.

For our October Branch meeting this coming Monday (October 12th), we're welcoming Bren Boardman to share her lovely textiles work with us.

Detail from Where Flowers Bloom by Bren Boardman
Bren creates lovely large scale textile art, drawing her inspiration from a range of sources, including her gardens and flowers. You can also see an article about mind mapping for textile artists, written by Bren, here.

The raffle bag this month is Bronze.

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!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Big Sew

Do you fancy getting involved with the Big Sew?  You can see more on their Facebook page Big Sew

Help families arriving in Kos by joining us to make baby slings, bibs, blankets and bags.

Whatever your skill level we'll find a way for you to help! We want to send a message of LOVE and HOPE from Birmingham to refugees arriving in Europe.

Please contact Amy on 07982 714530 or Kate on 07757 561107 for more information.

Start time 7pm. Finish approx, 9pm

Veg Out Café
46 Poplar Rd, B14 7AG Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hi everyone! So we have a wonderful 'problem' in that we think we might be very busy at these events. So that we know we have enough space and materials to accommodate everyone who wants to help can you RSVP via a direct message to The Big Sew on Facebook. Please also let us know:
- which night you are coming 7th October and another planned for 18th October at New Life Baptist Church (opposite ASDA)
- what you are likely to bring with you - materials, sewing machine etc
We really don't want to have to turn anyone away because we are full. Please RSVP to us smile emoticon
Thanks so much!
Amy & Kate xx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Library Saturday October 3rd

It's library time again and we  are in our normal spot on the Mezzanine floor above the library cafe from 11 am until about 2 pm (don't forget the library does not open until 11 am although the cafe is open downstairs from 9am).  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.