Wednesday, 25 January 2017

March Practical Activity Evening - save your tea bag wrappers!!

We are planning our March Practical Activity evening.

Those of you that attended the Regional Day last year may recall Cas Holmes talking about          Tea-Flora-Tales and we are planning to join in with this interesting project.

The project makes use of the Tea Bag Papers that we often pick up in hotels etc. so if you have any or come across some for the next month or 2 please do hold on to them to bring along in March.

To see more about the project follow the link magpieofthemind

Friday, 20 January 2017

Michala Gyetvai

Michala is joining us for a talk at our May meeting and she is running a workshop on June 24.

You may be interested to know that Michala has an work in an exhibition 'Made in the Middle' at the moment it's on view at The Herbert Art Gallery in  Coventry but on the 6th March until 29th April the exhibition will be open at Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University.

For more information about Michala visit

Thursday, 12 January 2017

New Year Tale of 2 Members Travelling books and more....

We had a great start to the new year with 2 very different but equally interesting stories of members lives in stitch, as Bernadette said in the introduction this is always one to look forward to and we were not disappointed!

We heard first from Marion Hilbourne who talked about learning to stitch at school in Torquay and later sewing for her family, progressing to kits and then her undoing as she came across the Embroiderer's Guild from where she has taken inspiration, joining many day schools and attending classes.  There were many delightful examples of Marion's work for us to enjoy and aspire to.
Marion also reminded us that embroidery is not a craft but an Art Form.

Next came the Heather Ramsden -Fletcher who told a different story of being inspired by her father and after her textile GCSE (not a total success!) did little in stitch until discovered cross stitch.   Heather has never limited herself in her journey in textiles and has dabbled with knitting, crochet, felt making and a embellishing machine as  well her favorite ornament - a spinning wheel!

Heather told us about her work with Hilary Beattie, working from sketch books and developing her stitch through this form.  With her 5 year plan we look forward to seeing what will be coming in the future......

Meriel told us about travelling bools and those that have signed up now have a list of contact details for those in their group so they can keep one another informed if they are not able to attend a meeting and make arrangements to pass the books on.  Also please remember to sign your work either on the work itself or on the page in the book.

If you are interested in helping on one of the Guild stalls at Fashion Embroidery and Stitch in March make sure you contact Clare to sign up.

We have started Stitch of the quarter and many members took printouts and we look forward to seeing examples of work produced in travelling books and at future show and share.

Show and Share will now happen every month and we had a good start with these examples ...

Marion Brown produced her own mini exhibition including last months competition  runner up  (by a casting vote) of the Bull in Costume. 

Remember to bring along your work to share at future meetings.

This months raffle was red - thanks as usual for the great donations and lovely bag, with one to follow.

And some members enjoying the meeting

See you for the next meeting on February 13th when we are joined by Richard Box and the raffle is Orange.  We will be at the library as usual on Saturday 4th.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

January Meeting Monday 9th

Welcome back for the new year.

Our January meeting is bound to be entertaining as we welcome 2 of our own for a tale of two Members.  Marion Hilbourne and Heather Ramsden-Fletcher will tell us about their lives in stitch and we are bound to find out more about them along the way.

The raffle is Red so do bring along a contribution for the bag and don't forget to buy a ticket.

2016 'Red' raffle

Don't forget we are restarting Show and Share tonight please bring along any items that you want to share, there will be cards available to put your name on and brief details, other members will then know who's work it is.

We are relaunching Stitch of the Quarter and challenging ourselves with chain stitch- a nice simple 
one for those less experienced and let's see how the more experienced stitches can adapt and experiment ready for a future Show and Share.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New Year At the Library January Saturday 7th

Welcome back for the new year. 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. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

December meeting

Christine Plummer led our activity meeting 'Darning with a difference'. Everyone got down to work and there was lots of concentration as we all joined in.

The competition was on for 'Costume' following on from our November speakers from the Birmingham Royal Ballet Costume Department and it was won by Marion Plumb - well done Marion

In January we can look forward to 'A Tale of Two Members' and a red raffle- see you there.