Monday, 11 December 2017

Branch Notices December 2017

Embroiderers' Guild Birmingham Branch Notices Dec 2017


We are so sorry that we could not safely hold our Christmas party as planned. It seemed better to make that choice than to risk members setting out in such difficult conditions. The competition and gold raffle will happen in January instead, as will the cakes, drinks and savoury treats, so we will have a Happy New Year Party instead. Please bring competition entries in January instead. We will also hold the January raffle that night so please in January bring whatever you had planned for Gold and anything for a red bag too.

We will organise another meeting to hear from Deed as we don’t want to miss out on this.
Forty years as a branch, ruby squares and other ideas. If anyone still hasn’t picked up their canvas please get one in January. The deadline for handing completed pieces in will be the April Meeting
We continue to meet at the Library first Saturday of the month and will be there in 2018 on January 6th.  

The new regional steering group is organising a meeting with the three officers from each branch in February. We will be going and will discuss this at the committee beforehand. Please contact Bernadette, Meriel or Anne if you have any issues/good ideas you would like us to take along.

Don’t forget Day Schools and sign up with Margaret if you fancy attending a day. The recent workshop with Richard Box was hugely enjoyable. The next Day school is March 24th Alternative Textile Quilting with Maria Thomas. June 30th is Margaret Fairhead: River reflections in black and white. If you have never been to a workshop do think about having a go - the cost remains £25 which is a real bargain compared with the rate charged for other workshops commercially organised and we have a great time.

We have agreed the 5 most positive attributes of our branch based on your feedback to be promoted by the central guild and for us to use locally they are:
  • ·         We are a friendly welcoming group, like-minded and at the same time very individual, and always hope to attract new people to join us.
  • ·         The meetings are varied and  can feature often inspirational speakers and opportunities to engage in activities together
  • ·         The branch membership collectively is a font of good ideas and expertise with a real willingness to share
  • ·         We regularly run high quality and good value for money workshops
  • ·         We provide opportunities for members to learn new skills, to take part in projects as a group and to display their work to others

The central guild is organising a commemoration of the ending of World War One 100 hearts war stories. All guild members are invited to take part by making a heart. Materials will be provided at a cost of £12.50 and you are invited then to make your own personal interpretation which will be displayed as widely as possible. All the details are on the Guild Website please have a look and thing about taking part. Some hard copies of the information will be there in January for those who can’t access this on line.

Don’t forget to let someone from the committee know if you would be interested in joining a small working group to look at the possibility of a Birmingham based  Young Embroiderers group to supplement our existing very successful group.
Open day on Easter Saturday is cancelled. After further canvassing of availability we have decided this is not viable watch this space for an alternative.

Our January meeting is on 8th Jan with one of our annual favourites - a tale of two members with Clare Wilkins and Bev Archer

The January Raffle colour is red. Please bring a contribution as explained above and we look forward to celebrating the New Year with you all.

Thanks to all of you who have helped and signed up to help with the tea rota and raffle bags.

We hope you have a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to sharing lots of positive experiences together as a guild in 2018 and having a New Year celebration with you instead of the December party.


Bernadette Wilkinson on behalf of the committee.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

December meeting cancelled

Just to let you know, the meeting for Monday 11th December has been cancelled due to the current bad weather.

We will hold the competition at our January meeting on  Monday January 8th 2018 and have a belated Christmas party on the same date. 

Hope you all stay safe and warm.


Monday, 4 December 2017

December Meeting

December Meeting


Our meeting on 11th December is our Christmas party with festive fare and a chance to enjoy a talk from our very own Deed Curry. Deed will be sharing her experiences working in costume and life as Lady Mayoress. It promises to be a fascinating insight.


The raffle bag colour for this month is gold so bring in your contributions and let's get that  piano groaning with golden goodies. Janette will be ready to sell you that special golden raffle ticket! 

We'll have our sales table up and running so come and have a look for useful additions to your winter stitching supplies.

And last but definitely not least,don't forget your entries for our Christmas competition.   As you'll know, our twice-yearly competitions are always a great chance to show your work to fellow members. The theme this Christmas is 'Using Decorative Needlework Requirements'.That theme can be interpreted as widely as you like and knowing our members this will bring in a very wide range of work. And of course there's the chance to take home some beautiful silverware in the shape of our coveted competition trophy.  There's still time to rustle up something exquisite!


See you all at 7 for 7.30!.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Library 2nd December


We will be 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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in.




Saturday, 25 November 2017

Poppy Fun with Richard Box

Perfect poppies?

Mr Richard Box came to us today on a chilly November morning to entertain and inform.

He brought us all the gift of little individual packs of perfect colours and threads so we could re-create his fabulous stitch collages for ourselves. 

We laughed, we got sticky and we all went home with almost-finished masterpieces. What a great day.







Friday, 17 November 2017

November Meeting 2017

November Meeting

Decorative and Useful 



Many thanks must go to Gill Gregory for such an entertaining and informative glimpse into the world of retail with her fascinating talk about her shop, Crafts ‘n’ Sew On. 

There was clearly a lot of love in the room for Gill as so many Guild members were former customers of her shop on the Pershore Road in Stirchley.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could still  pop in there for all our embroidery shopping? 

But now that we've had such a fascinating insight into the ups and (often hilarious) downs of owning an embroidery shop, there must be someone out there who wants to start one of their own? 


Ruby Squares

Don't forget to pick up your canvas and get busy creating a ruby square for our 40th anniversary display. If you haven't yet collected a canvas they'll still be available at our December meeting. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

November Meeting Monday 13th welcoming the Decorative not Useful - Gill Gregory

Tonight we will hear from our own Gill Gregory who will be talking about her experiences working with the Decorative not Useful.

This is bound to be fascinating  and great preparation for the December competition 'using decorative needlework requirements'

The raffle tonight is silver - please do see Janette for tickets and if you can, bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.  

Do see Margaret and ask about upcoming workshops, Richard Box is a sell out so don't risk missing the next day school with Maria Thomas on March 24.  At only £25 to members they are great value and are always fun filled days.  If you haven't been to a day school before why not put your toe in the water, they are accessible for all levels of ability and it's a good chance to get to know fellow members.

Also tonight we will be giving you all the opportunity to sign up for the Great Tea Rota please see Lorna on your way in for this fabulous opportunity to show off your baking and tea making skills.

See you all at 7 for 7.30. 


If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, and the first session is free and we will tell you about ongoing fees. Please see here for details of where we meet. See you there!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Ruby anniversary & Ruby Squares

We are celebrating forty years as a branch next year and to mark this event we are all producing Ruby Squares.  The canvas squares are being provided so if you haven't already please pick one up at the next meeting.

The squares are all 6x6 inches, the rest is up to you!

To attach the finished piece to the frame consider working on fabric 10x10 inches, if you are not sure how to attach the finished piece to the frame make sure you leave at least a 2" border and bring the finished work to a meeting, help will be at hand.

The suggested DMC threads are 814-817, but this is only a guide please use whatever you threads and resources you wish.

Here a couple of examples, (sorry the colours don't show too well due to the lighting and camera but you get the idea!)



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Library Saturday 4 November

We will be 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).  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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in, there will be a chance to add a butterfly to our beautiful Butterfly Garden. 

Friday, 20 October 2017

Richard Box Requirement list



Don't forget to see Margaret at the November meeting to see if there are any last minute spaces for this workshop on November 25th.




Monday, 16 October 2017

October 2017 - AGM, Christmas cards and all that!!

Bernadette led us through the AGM, Officers and Committee members were confirmed.  The minutes will be available shortly.

Meriel led us through an exciting project for making Christmas cards, yes it is that time already.  Thanks Meriel for a great session.
















We were able to see a couple of Examples of Ruby Squares, now its over to you - to be as creative as you like.  Any members who did not pick up there canvass can collect one next month, you only have until February so lets get busy!

The fabulous Bronze raffle was won by Janet Lee and Jean Haynes - well done and thanks as ever to the creators of the bags and all of those who contributed.


We saw examples of finished work from Westhope, well done to Meriel Hutton and Anne Watts.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Electrica Exhibition

Three of our members Marion Plumb, Anne Watts and Angie Attwood are Exhibiting their work with Electrica at Solihull  Core Gallery.
For more details see Electrica


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

September meeting and Maria Thomas

A great opportunity to listen to Maria and see some splendid examples of her work.

Don't forget to signup for the dayschool 'Paper, Fabric and Found object Runner or Strip Quilt' with Maria  March 24 - do see Margaret at the next meeting.






Monday, 9 October 2017

Westhope 2017


Looking at this smiley line up I would say a good time was had by all.  Looking forward to seeing some fab work at show and share in the coming weeks!








Saturday, 7 October 2017

Monday 9 October Meeting and AGM, Christmas cards and sign up for Richard Box workshop

Busy night ahead and we will start the AGM 7.30 promptly.

We will have the chance to work on a Christmas card and have some great ideas to take away and produce many more for friends and family. The requirements were posted on Thursday, just scroll down or click on the 'requirements' on the right hand tab to go straight to it.





The raffle tonight is bronze- please do see Janette for tickets and if you can, bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.  Don't forget all of the bag contents are generously given by members and winners continue to have a great deal of enjoyment from the content .  

Tonight we will be looking for members to sign up to  create a bag for next  year, it is great to be involved and if you have previously then do have another go, there are lots of colours to get through.

The raffle tonight will still be BRONZE, the change to black/white will be 2018 - sorry for any confusion.

Our members survey said 20 members out of 21 'loved' Richard Box, so what a great chance to sign up for Richard's day school on October 25.  Do see Margaret and ask about upcoming workshops - at only £25 they are great value and are always fun filled days.  If you haven't been to a day school before why not put your toe in the water, they are accessible for all levels of ability and it's a good chance to get to know fellow members.

See you all at 7 for 7.30. 


If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, and the first session is free and we will tell you about ongoing fees. Please see here for details of where we meet. See you there!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Results of Members Survey 2016/2017

Thanks for those of you who completed the survey recently.  We do take notice of the results and try to change things for you, it isn't always quick, you may be surprised to know that most speakers and workshops are booked a year or more in advance.
In the past we have changed  AGM format so that speakers are not there for the business, purchased a speaker system so that you can hear more clearly and tried to vary the day schools to give more people the opportunity to attend something of interest to them.
This years 2 top favourites were a 'Tale of 2 Members' (well done Marion and Heather) and Richard Box- both of these will  be returning.  A Tale of 2 members in 2018 will feature Clare Wilkins and Bev Archer. Richard Box is running a Day School for us 25 November – so get a move on and book soon.
Also there was lots of love for the Birmingham Ballet Costumes, Mother of Pearl Buttons with George Hook and Textile Art with Michala Gyetvai. 
Edwina McKinnon Dyeing and Anne's Canvas work Day Schools were also loved by most of those who attended.
Guild Folios was less popular, we are 'resting' this in 2017/18 and will look at the format, if anyone has suggestions on how this can be improved please see any of the committee as it is a privilege to take the opportunity to see pieces close up. 
You weren't so sure about Teabags, that was a one off and we won't be repeating it but some exciting new projects are coming along.  
The committee will also look at how we work with CoCoMad, this is a great fundraiser for us and does help to keep fees down and benefit members but does need all to be involved.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Saturday 7 October

We will be 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).  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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in, there will be a chance to add a butterfly to our beautiful Butterfly Garden. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Christmas Card project

Many of you will have seen some samples of the lovely cards we will have chance to make on Monday evening.






Here is a reminder of the requirements list:

CHRISTMAS CARD REQUIREMENTS LIST
CARD 1 – Hand sewing only


REQUIREMENTS: Sewing kit and scissors for cutting paper
Card blank (available from Meriel @ 20p)
Scrap paper/lightweight card (for backing) approx. 3’’ x 6’’
Small piece of dark blue fabric – light weight approx. 3’’ x 3’’
Scrap of white textured wallpaper or thick paper towel 2” x 3”
Glue stick
Scraps of white fabric, lace, net, silver and or other metallic thread
Silver star (Meriel will bring some)
Double-sided tape





CHRISTMAS CARD REQUIREMENTS LIST
CARD 2 – Machine or hand sewing (You do not need to bring your machine, these can easily be finished at home later.)


REQUIREMENTS: Sewing kit and scissors for cutting paper
Card blank (available from Meriel @ 20p)
Scrap paper/lightweight card (for backing) approx. 3’’ x 6’’
Blue paper approx. 3” x 6”
Piece of textured white wall paper or thick paper towel 4” x 3”
Glue stick
Metallic threads for sewing tree
Silver stars (will be available from Meriel)
Double-sided tape




CHRISTMAS CARD REQUIREMENTS LIST
CARD 3 – Machine sewing  
NB. The machine sewing is almost the last element and easily done at home
REQUIREMENTS: Card blank (available from Meriel @ 20p)
Scrap paper/lightweight card (for backing) approx. 3’’ x 6’’
Small piece of dark blue fabric – light weight approx. 3’’ x 3’’
Scrap of white, light blue or pale grey fabric for distant hills
Foreground fabric approx. 4” x 3”
Glue stick or small amount of hemming or Bonda web equivalent.
Thread & metallic fabric waste (eg gleanings from sewing-room floor!)
Fine netting in white/pale grey.
Silver machine thread to top stitich.
Silver stars (will be available from Meriel)
Double-sided tape.





Monday, 11 September 2017

September Meeting is Monday 11th

The last blog post about the September meeting has the wrong date. 

It is tonight, Monday 11th September at the usual time of 7pm in Cotteridge. 

Any problems please contact one of the committee. Phone numbers are on the programme card. 


Friday, 8 September 2017

September meeting Tuesday 12 September


Tonight we have a guest speaker Maria Thomas talking about 'My Journey through Stitch' - Maria is running a Day School for us in March so it will be a good chance to find out more about her.

Did you complete your landscape from the summer party, do bring it along to Show and Share, it will be a great chance to see the different finished items, you can bring along any other project so if you have been especially busy stitching through the summer lets all share.

Travelling Books is relaunched in October, there are still a couple of spaces so see Meriel if you want to join in.

The raffle tonight is purple - please do see Janette for tickets and if you can bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.  Also remember to sign up to create a bag, if you haven't had a chance yet it is great to be involved and if you have then do have another go, there are lots of colours to get through.

The raffle in October will still be BRONZE, the change to black/white will be 2018 - sorry for any confusion.

Membership Renewal:

If you haven't already renewed don't forget payment is needed by 15 September to guarentee  the £2 saving. 


Forms were attached to the email sent to all members:

The Guild have put the HQ membership up to £35 this year but if you pay your membership before 30th September you’ll only have to pay £33 for the main membership (same as last year). 

Both the Branch fee and the Regional fee are staying the same as last year so paying in September means you’d face no increase if you’re with Birmingham’s branch. 

The total fee to join before 30/09/2017 is £47 which can be paid at the September meeting on 11/09/2017 or by post/bank transfer to Anne by 15/09/2017 to give  time to process it all and pay HQ. 

After this it is £49. The branch will not be able to offer the discount once the HQ offer has ended

Anne needs membership forms completed including the gift aid section if you pay tax and are happy for us to gift aid your fee.  It is much easier to complete the HMRC forms if the membership form is fully completed by you. 

Anne will have spare copies of the form at September’s meeting and if you pay by cheque at the meeting or bank transfer by 15/09/2017 you will get the early bird discount. Obviously you can pay before then  if you are away in September.  

We can’t guarantee being able to process renewals and payments after 15/09/2017 in time to get the details to HQ for the early bird discount so please pay by this date to get the discount.


See you all at 7 for 7.30. 


If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, and the first session is free and we will tell you about ongoing fees. Please see here for details of where we meet. See you there!




Thursday, 31 August 2017

Library Saturday 2 September

We will be 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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in, there will be a chance to add a butterfly to our beautiful Butterfly Garden. 

Important information if you are travelling by bus:


If you come by bus to Broad Street please be aware that the bus is not stopping by the library, you need to get off the stop BEFORE Symphony hall. Check your bus on the journeyplanner  website.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Early Bird Membership 2017 fees


Don't forget if you want to take advantage of the £2 saving you need to renew at or before the September meeting. 


Forms were attached to the email sent to all members:

The Guild have put the HQ membership up to £35 this year but if you pay your membership before 30th September you’ll only have to pay £33 for the main membership (same as last year). 

Both the Branch fee and the Regional fee are staying the same as last year so paying in September means you’d face no increase if you’re with Birmingham’s branch. 

The total fee to join before 30/09/2017 is £47 which can be paid at the September meeting on 11/09/2017 or by post/bank transfer to Anne by 15/09/2017 to give  time to process it all and pay HQ. 

After this it is £49. The branch will not be able to offer the discount once the HQ offer has ended

Anne needs membership forms completed including the gift aid section if you pay tax and are happy for us to gift aid your fee.  It is much easier to complete the HMRC forms if the membership form is fully completed by you. 

Anne will have spare copies of the form at September’s meeting and if you pay by cheque at the meeting or bank transfer by 15/09/2017 you will get the early bird discount. Obviously you can pay before then  if you are away in September.  

We can’t guarantee being able to process renewals and payments after 15/09/2017 in time to get the details to HQ for the early bird discount so please pay by this date to get the discount

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

National Stitch Day -Butterfly Garden.

Butterfly Garden.
We had a lovely time stitching  butterflies at The Library of Birmingham. 16 members and 2 visitors stitched felt butterflies for a flower garden.
When one of our members, Sheila Yates, died, the branch got some pieces made by her and by Lily Waldron. Lily was a founder member of the branch and very active until she died a few years ago.
Among the things that we got from Sheila, was a large assortment of machine embroidered flowers that Lily had made.
Margaret Richards made these into a garden hanging to put our butterflies on.
Everyone did their own thing with the butterflies and they all look great on the garden hanging.
There is lots more scope to add more butterflies so if you want to contribute then please do, there will be butterflies available at the next meeting and at future library days.