Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Goody bags for Regional Day June 18th

A few of us were busy on Saturday putting together the goody bags and it's getting exciting!!  See how many items you can spot going in (no prizes sorry).

Tickets are selling fast so If you don't have your's yet queue around the block at the meeting on June 13th or apply via the website www.westmidlandregionalday.weebly.com.  You can also find lots more information on the web site including details of the competition.

It's not too late to volunteer on the day with a varied choice of tasks, so you can save on your ticket price. £22, or £20 for volunteers. 

Non members are welcome but please do buy tickets in advance via the website.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Cas Holmes books

Cas Holmes will be happy to bring her books 'Stitch Stories' and 'Found Objects' and sign them at Regional Day.  


They cost £20 each.  It would help Cas to have an idea of numbers, if you are interested can you email casholmes28@yahoo.co.uk directly with 'Birmingham Books' in the title before June 1st. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Making Silk Paper

 Margaret has agreed to share her recipe for silk paper with us. 

Health Warning this process can become addictive!

The secret recipe is;


  • Silk threads or silk waste.
  • Wallpaper paste or PVA
  • 2 pieces of net (old curtains are ideal)
  • Piece of bubble wrap.
  • Table protector
  • Cling film.
  • Scissors and four clothes pegs


  • Put table protector on table, with bubble wrap, bubble side up.
  • Place one piece of net on bubble wrap
  • Spread silk threads over the net to desired thickness

  • Place other piece of net on top
  • Rub in paste, it is like wet felting (If using wallpaper paste, mix it beforehand.mix for about a medium weight paper for PVA dilute by about 10% with water)

  • To make sure that all the threads are soaked, paying particular attention to edges. 
  • When you are happy they are all wet, turn over both pieces of net, with the threads in between and rub from the other side.
  • When thoroughly soaked, peel off top net. Spread cling film over the threads and press down. It is a good idea not to make your silk paper wider than the cling film, otherwise you will have difficulty lifting it off.

  • Turn over the cling film, with the threads and bottom net, and carefully remove the second net. 
  • Rub your hands lightly over the silk to make sure it is wet. It shouldn't stick to your fingers.
  • Put a clothes peg on each corner of the cling film then you can carry it to wherever you are going to dry it. 

  • Be careful if you put it on a line as the weight of the wet silk can drag it off the cling film.
  • If you are drying it in the sun, it will take a couple of hours to dry, if you are drying it without heat it may take 24 hours.

When finished you can use this new fabric paper to embellish your work, stitch or weave into it or why not experiment drying it shaped to make bowls or dishes (don't try your cereal in them though 
 not guaranteed to be waterproof or suitable for dishwasher oven or microwave). 

Friday, 13 May 2016

May Meeting

We had a busy night on Monday, thanks to all the thread winders and leaf stitchers and Betty for sterling work leaf cutting.

Margaret gave a wonderful demonstration of how to make silk paper and a huge thanks for all of the work that she has done so far making many sheets for Regional Day goody bags.

Need more- we will be publishing Margaret's special recipe here shortly.

And the final demonstration of the evening; -
 How many embroiderers does it take to put up a display stand?

Just wait to see them covered with displays of everyone's best work!

Tonight's raffle was Blue, there were 2 stunning bags created by members and lots of lovely goodies to fill them. 

See you for more fun and a talk ‘what if… what next’ by Jude Lovatt from Wolverhampton branch.
the meeting is Monday June 13 and the raffle is Turquoise.