Friday, 29 April 2016

Angie Attwood Workshops

Angela is running further workshops in Shirley, if you are interested or want to look at kits that Angie has follow the link to Angie's etsy.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Capability Brown at Charlecote Park

Solihull's work is now featured at Charlecote until  25 May so why not make  a visit to inspire you to create a piece for our exhibition which begins 10 August and runs through until October 31.

Solihull will display their work until 26 May when Leamington takeover so why not plan a 2nd visit.

Do let Clare know if you are planning to create a piece which can be A3 or A4 canvas (available from The Works). If you are feeling it big scale canvases up to A2 are acceptable. Follow this link Capability Brown for lots of pictures from Charlecote including the Orangery where the display will be.

We will be having a private viewing from 6.30 to 8pm on 15 September so keep the date for your diary.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Mountmellick Workshop

We had a fabulous workshop when Pat Trott bought us a Mountmellick workshop, we were lucky to hear some history as well as look at Pat's wonderful samples.  

On Monday Anne Watts bought her finished framed item to impress us all:

Monday, 18 April 2016

April Notices

Embroiderer’s Guild Birmingham Branch Notices April 2016

Welcome to tonight’s meeting please; sit back and enjoy hearing from Kathleen Laurel Sage. If anyone is joining us for the first time tonight we hope you have a lovely evening and please don’t be shy to ask anyone here if you have any questions. Existing members please keep wearing your badges.
Several of us were able to make the Library session last Saturday, first Saturday in the month. Another reminder that it is a great way to relax, chat with other members and take time out to enjoy some stitching and helps new and longstanding members get to know each other. We would love to welcome members who haven’t yet been. The beauty is that you don’t have to commit to every month just occasionally if that suits you, so don’t forget to join us if you can on the first Saturday in April. The theme for national stitch day regionally is Landscape and Garden with a drop in project of leaves and this will also be happening at the Library on the first Saturday in August. Margaret is going to stitch a large tree and we will invite people on the day to stitch a leaf and add it to the tree we can also use it in subsequent visits and then display it when we visit the library.
We may also use it at CoCoMAD which many of you know is a festival in Cotteridge Park this year being held on Saturday 2nd July. We have a stall there and will be asking for volunteers to help staff it, look out for a rota at the next meeting. It is a lovely day out and we hope to work alongside the weavers and spinners.
Clare continues to be our link person for the Capability Brown Project. As you know our branch’s exhibition time at Charlecote will start on 10th August and go on till 31st October. Five members of our branch are invited to a private viewing of Leamington Branch Exhibition on 26th May at 6.30pm. If you are interested in being one of the 5 see Clare, there is a leaflet on the side with information about this. Please think about making a piece for our branch. I am told that you shouldn’t feel intimidated. We will be having a viewing of our exhibition on 15th September so please put that date in your diary.
If you would like to car share for meetings don’t forget to look at Meriel’s map and contact people near to you.
Regional Day 18th June. Put the date in your diary please if you can. We already have people signed up to help, please add your names to the list if you possibly can. We will also need more cakes made for the day. The tradition is to finish the day with homemade cakes. It helps it end on a lovely friendly note. If you can make a cake or cakes that are easily sliced and served please add your name to the separate cake making list on the side with an estimate of the number of slices it could provide. Thank you all so much for helping so far and thank you to everyone who made tags. Some of us had a lovely morning finishing the tags at Meriel’s with great cake from Bev which augurs well for the Regional Day! We have made over 170 tags so well done everyone especially Meriel. I also should say that having heard from the planning group last week there really is an amazing day being put together, the gift bags are brilliant. The planning group are doing a great job.
Urgent: We have also asked that each branch bring a piece measuring 30 cm square representing their branch and area to be shared on the day. We need to produce something ourselves and are looking for volunteers, our idea was to have 3 or 4 people and divide the piece into 3 strips or four squares, ideally using some different techniques. If you can help please see Clare Meriel or Bernadette tonight and we will organise this ASAP. We will need it for early May. Sorry for the rush. If we don’t get volunteers be warned we may be approaching individuals to ask if they can help.
Another group working hard is the planning group for next year’s programme. Again this is shaping up to be excellent ( we may have a speaker from the Royal Ballet!) don’t forget Day Schools and sign up with Margaret if you fancy Cas Holmes on 19th June the day after she has spoken at the regional day, also don’t forget Nicola Jarvis on 8th October.
Two members of our branch have activities coming up. Tina Francis has a tapestry needlepoint exhibition on 4th May - 29th July, Wednesdays to Sundays 11-3pm (free) at The Coffin Works 13-15 Fleet Street Birmingham B1 1JP. Angela Atwood is teaching a regular beginners free-motion embroidery workshop in Shirley, with dates every month. The next ones being May 9th & June 4th. Information about these will also be on the blog and if any other branch members have exhibitions or events they would like to tell members about please email me at least a week before the branch meeting and if I can I will include in the notices.
Please keep bringing in items for sale at the meetings things like kits that you have made (at a discount to members), finished pieces of work you would like to sell again at a discount if sold elsewhere as well, and items made by you that are being sold on behalf of recognised charities.
Fashion Embroidery and Stitch NEC 17th to 20th March. The stand attracted a lot of attention leaflets were given out and lots of people joined in our stitching activites. We provided a number of volunteers to help out at the stand so thank you.
Thank you as well for your continuing support for the raffle. May’s colour is Blue
Don’t forget to get stitching for upcoming competitions in particular ‘Within a thousand steps of your home” for the regional day and ‘colour carnival’ for our summer party. Our next meeting is a members meeting we will allow a short time for travelling books groups to get together and sort out any issues. We will also do some organising of the volunteers for the Regional Day and get started for CoCoMAD. Margaret will be demonstrating the making of the silk paper that she is putting together for the Regional Day from the Library Silks (for those of you who remember them they have proved too difficult to use reliably for stitch so this seemed a perfect way of making good use of them). Please if you would like also bring with you your own stitching and we can all have a chance to chat and see each other’s work in progress.

Bernadette Wilkinson on behalf of the committee.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

April Meeting

In April we had a last minute change to the program but never the less had a great meeting of stitch and chat.

There was a chance to sign up for Regional Day rota:

And 2 super raffle bags full of goodies, thanks to all who participated

Don't forget to join us at the library on May 7 and for our next branch meeting May 9 when we will have a Blue raffle bag.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Last minute Program change

Sorry to say Kathleen Laurel Sage has had an accident and won't be able to join us this evening.

Instead we will have a members evening making cards/small pictures for Coco Mad. We will have some supplies with us but if you can do bring along your normal sewing kit and and fabric/threads etc. that you are happy to use or share as not everyone will have seen this message.

The raffle and opportunities to sign up for regional day will of course be going ahead as planned.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

West Midlands Regional Day - More Details

As you are aware, the Birmingham Branch is hosting the 30th West Midlands Regional day, on the 18th of June, at Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury.

There is an extensive website to give you all the information about the day here:

The competition theme is "Within Your Footsteps: within 1000 Footsteps Of Your Door". The maximum size (including frame) for 2D entries is A3 size (29.7cm × 42cm, or 11.7in × 16.5in); if your entry is a triptych or diptych (or composed of multiple parts), the whole piece must fit within this A3 size, including frame. There are no restrictions on the size of 3D entries.

We do need members of Birmingham Branch to volunteer to help put the day on - this will be discussed at tomorrow's branch meeting.

If you have any queries, please see Heather, Tina, Clare, Meriel or Margaret at a branch meeting.

Friday, 8 April 2016

April Meeting Monday 11 April

This month we are joined by Kathleen Laurel Sage who will tell us why 'It's Fantastic Stitching on Plastic'


to find out more follow this link kathleenlaurelsage

Thanks to everyone who helped at Meriel's putting together tags for the Regional Day goodie bags, they look great and are sure to be a great hit with attendees.

Talking of regional day tickets are on sale and there are still opportunities to sign up as a volunteer for the day with a chance to save on the ticket price, see Clare at the meeting - June 18 is  getting closer and final preparations are under way!! 

Remember if you haven't yet signed up for Cas Holmes workshop on Sunday 19 June. Margaret will be there with the list, remember  place are limited.

The raffle is green so do bring along a contribution and don't forget to see Lorna for tickets for your chance to win a very special bag full of goodies.