Thursday, 29 September 2016

Library Saturday October 1. Note traffic restrictions!

Please note:  traffic restrictions on Broad St and roads surrounding the ICC which will impact access to the Library via road due to preparations for the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC. 

Below is the link from the council website to the changes and when things apply or don’t apply. 

The conference doesn’t start until Sundayhowever last night there were some restrictions impacting those leaving a CBSO concert. 

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. 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Charlecote - Capability Brown - Open Evening

We had lots to see, lots to chat about a little drink and some nibbles, what a great evening.  If you haven't had chance yet so try to get to Charlecote before the end of October.  

Friday, 23 September 2016

September meeting

We had an interesting evening looking at a number of Guild Folios.

We had the chance to see many of the photographs from Regional Day and we will have more on the Blog over the next few weeks............

Betty has completed her flower from the goody bag, do bring in yours when it is complete.

Congratulations were passed on to Anne and Lorna for completing their City and Guilds, we were all delighted and impressed to have chance to see their finished work- Well Done both.

And the purple Raffle Bags had lots of goodies - thanks for your continued support of the raffle.

Next meeting is October 10th for the AGM  don't forget we are starting at 7pm and Jane Arthur will talk to us from 8.  We will be at the library on October 1st.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Pay Pal scam

If you receive an email asking you to pay the guild using pay pal IGNORE IT.  It is a scam. 
Please pay any subscription etc. by cheque or bank transfer. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Westhope 2017

Places are limited please see Anne Haigh if you are interested, open to all Birmingham Branch Members only:

Embroiderers’ Guild Birmingham Branch - Westhope 2017


Dates:  8th to 10th September 2017


Location: Westhope Craft College, Westhope Nr Craven Arms, Shropshire


Tutor: Ruth Issett

Author of: A Passion for Colour; Print Pattern Colour; Colour on Cloth; Glorious Papers; Colour on Paper and Fabric; Paintsticks: Marvellous Markal




Artist statement

My work reflects my continuing passion and excitement for the use of colour. Working on both paper and fabric, I use dyeing, printing, painting, collage and stitch. My work is anchored in my observations of different environments. These are interpreted into colour studies, noting variations achieved using collective media and process.

Recently I have focused on developing my work from my studio in Shropshire. The quest to understand colour, its application to different surfaces and the ultimate visual effect has been paramount. Using my own dyed and printed fabrics, particularly enjoying the variation of surfaces achieved through different weaves and fibres, I have been able to complete a number of resolved pieces. These pieces are a culmination of numerous individual researched textile pieces.

After many years of working virtually full time in Adult Education, I now enjoy working freelance, focusing on my work & delivering selective teaching commitments. I continue to regularly deliver courses in the U.K. and Europe, and in the past U.S.A and Australia.

Devising specifically designed courses for more experienced students, as well as examining my working practice, I find I still have a hunger to explore colour, through various media, surface and technique.


Subject of Weekend:

Print, Dye, Stitch – printing, then painting dyes (rather than bucket or tray dyeing), and then adding stitch. Further details will be available in September/October. 


Experience Level: 

This is for those who know stitches and basic techniques and want to enhance their skills in printing and painting with dye. It is not a course for those new to stitching. 



4 sessions with Ruth – Saturday am and pm, Sunday am and pm. 


There is likely to be a materials fee payable to Ruth. A requirements list will also be provided closer to the date as it is expected that most people will already have fabric and threads that they want to bring. 



Tea/Coffee and cake on arrival on Friday evening. 

Evening meals on Friday and Saturday

Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Tea/Coffee available throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday


Dietary requirements can be catered for providing we know at least 1 month in advance. A packed lunch was provided last time for a non-stitching husband who went walking on the Saturday- again let us know at time of booking if this is required. 


Alcohol is allowed, and usually several people bring bottles of wine which is shared over the evening meals. 



There are 10 bedrooms at Westhope


There are 3 single rooms – one en-suite, two sharing a bathroom. 

There are two double rooms – one en-suite 

There are four twin rooms – two are en-suite

There is one three bed room which is ensuite



The costs will depend on how many people want to come, and are willing to share a room if there are more than 10 people wanting to come (unless they are husband/partner who we assume will share!).


Non-textile partners are welcome and will only be expected to pay for room and meals. 


If only 10 people sign up then it will be £314 per person. Less than 10 and costs rise, more than 10 and costs will fall.  The maximum number that can be catered for (due to dining room capacity) is 16 – and if all were embroiderers the price per person would be £196.25


If more people sign up and are willing to share rooms then the intention will be to give discounts to those sharing rooms, with those requesting single rooms paying extra. Room allocation will only be confirmed once we have everyone signed up, however if you prefer a single room please request this when booking a place. 


An initial deposit of £20 is required and then the remaining payments can be in instalments once the final costs are known. 


Any funds left over that can’t be easily divide amongst those attending will be used to buy wine for the evenings. 


If you’d like to book a place, please see Anne Haigh. 







Sunday, 11 September 2016

2016-2017 Programme

2nd Monday of the month except August
7 for 7.30 
The Friends Meeting House Cotteridge B30 1JB
Sept. 12 Guild Folios
Oct. 10 AGM followed by
Ice and other things’ Jane Arthur
Nov 14 Ballet costumes Birmingham Royal Ballet
Dec 12 Practical activity
Darning with a difference’ Christine Plummer
2017 Heather Ramsden-Fletcher
Jan 9 Tale of 2 Members Marion Hilbourne
Feb 13 ‘Richard’s adventures in Painting
And embroidery’ Richard Box
Mar 13 Practical activities
April 10 Mother–of–pearl buttons George Hook
May 8 Textiles and art Michala Gyetvai
June 12 Practical activities
July 10 Summer party

The Friends Meeting House Cotteridge B30 1JB 
Unless otherwise stipulated
Booking through Margaret Richards 0121 624 8588 or

Sept 17Transparent Images’ Kathleen Laurel Sage
(Northfield Friends’ Meeting House)

Nov 26 Dyeing Edwina McKinnon

Mar 25 Crewel work Nicola Jarvis

Jun 24 Textile art Michala Gyetvai

Nov 25 Fabric collage with machine and hand
embroidery Richard Box

EVENTS 2016/17
2016 Ellesmere, Shropshire
April 01 GUILD AGM
2017 Scotland
September Combined REGIONAL DAY and AGM
2017 Stafford

Dec 2016 Costume
July 2017 Out of the Box

Jan red Feb orange  Mar yellow

April green May blue June turquoise

July pink Sept purple Oct copper  

Nov silver Dec Gold

Friday, 9 September 2016

September and we are back!!

Monday September 12.  It's time to get back after the summer break and we are looking forward to our new programme.

Tonight we will see a selection of folios from the Embroiderer's Guild collection. This will give members a chance to get close up and intimate with some excellent examples of work from the collection.  Bring your camera and sketch book and be ready to be inspired.

We will also have chance to congratulate Anne and Lorna who have successfully completed their City and Guilds and have the opportunity to look at some of their work.

There will be  a sales table tonight so time to spend your hard earned cash and grab a bargain including some left over 'goody bags' from regional day to buy.

The Raffle bag is Purple so if you can do bring a small contribution - it all adds to the great fun of going through the prize bag, and it is a chance to catch up with Janette who is taking over as raffle queen.

Tonight will be the opportunity to renew your membership, if you can please print out and complete the forms from the email from Anne or there will be blanks available :

Re-joining and fees Membership fees for 2016/17 are £47. National fee is £33 this is an increase. The branch fee is £12 this is a slight increase but it is our first for 2 years. The Regional Levy is £2 if Birmingham is your primary branch. The total for those members were we are the primary branch is therefore £47. Fees are due in September. Cheques or bank transfer is preferred (not cash).
A little advance notice that the AGM will begin at 7 pm at the 10 October meeting we will then break for coffee before our speaker Jane Arthur takes over her talk 'Ice and other things'.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Library Saturday September 3.

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.

Avoncroft Young Embroiderers exhibition - Artrix Arts Centre

Avoncroft Young Embroiderers have an exhibition of their work at 
Artrix Arts Centre  in Bromsgrove, running from now until 25th 
September. On show is a varied collection of examples of work done in 
the monthly meetings plus group pieces, including 'Celebration in 
Red' and 'Peacock'. It is a lovely exhibition showcasing what the 
young people can do and is well worth coming to see.

The YE exhibition is on the top floor in the Vestibule Gallery and 
has already had a thumbs up from Alex of EG head office who was in 
putting up a major exhibition by the EG of works done for the 
Capability Brown celebrations. Pieces on show are gathered from 
textile/embroidery artists and individual members from around the 
country, including Cas Holmes and Diana Springall. Again well worth a 

On Saturday 17th September the Avoncroft YE are holding their monthly 
meeting in the foyer at Artrix as a 'Come and Stitch' day. They have 
a 'tree' plus fabric and threads and would be pleased if people would 
call in, stitch and add a leaf to the tree, which will then go on 
display as part of the exhibition.
 Follow this link for more information and directions to Artrix Arts Centre