Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Hearts for Cancer Research - Ineke Berlyn

We were sad to hear that Ineke has lost her fight with cancer.  At the meeting in February we had some handouts for making Hearts to raise funds for Cancer Research, hear are the instructions - the original page was A4 to give an idea of the dimensions.
more information about the project can be found at inekeberlyn.com

Saturday, 25 February 2017


Gill Gregory wrote: 

Last weekend I was invited to the launch of the Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries.
The work which was undertaken by over 200 people, is a series of stitched panels celebrating Walsall and its surrounding area.
Many of those undertaking the work had not stitched before, but you would not guess that from the standard of the finished work.
 NB. The total work, consisting of a number of panels, is (very) approximately  15 feet wide by 5 feet high
I found it inspirational, absorbing and educational and thought our members might be interested in viewing it.
As you will see  after a tour of the towns featured on the “tapestries”,  it will be on display both at Birmingham Central Library and then the NEC
More information can be found on www.creativefactory.org.uk
Thank and regards

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

ROTA Fashion Embroidery Stitch NEC 16th to 19th March

ROTA Fashion Embroidery Stitch NEC 16th to 19th March
9.30 – 12.15
12.15 – 3.00
3.00 - 5.30
Thursday 16th March

Eileen Kenny
Janet Stone
Betty Rorke
Sylvia Martin
Clare Wilkins
Phil Dalmedo

Jan Brooks
Judith Cooper

Friday 17th March

Anne Haigh
Bernadette Wilkinson
Meriel Hutton
Janette Hunter
Margaret Richards
Liz Bamfield

Ruth Dugdale
Lorna Howell
Debbie Eyre
Marion Plumb

Saturday 18th March

Emma Lenton
Marilyn Wrightson
Marion Brown
Ann Smallburn
Merle Sankey
Sue Brown

Wendy Heathfield
Anne Thumpston
Anne Dyas
Sunday 19th March

Sonia Jackson
Denise Carter
Anthea Arnot

Anne Thumpston
Heather Ramsden- Fletcher

Val Daly

Kate Clowes
These are people who have already volunteered, if you can fill any spaces please contact Clare.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Branch Exhibition at Artrix 26th April to 21st May

Branch Exhibition at Artrix 26th April to 21st May
Celebrating 40 years as a branch “Looking Forward Looking Back”

What we want to include.
We would like as many members as possible to get involved in this opportunity so please think about submitting one or more exhibits. The exhibition will showcase work inspired by branch membership. We are looking for pieces across our 40 years, including of course more recent work. There is no need to make something especially therefore. Many of us have existing beautiful pieces. We thought that we would also show our Capability Brown pieces, so please let us have those if possible. This also gives us the opportunity to show the YE piece that was part of our exhibition at Charlecote and much admired. Brand new pieces are of course also welcome and the theme of Fading Beauty will be included as one section and a potential inspiration.
The exhibition space
There is lots of wall hanging space at the venue so we can accommodate large as well as small pieces. There will be some display space for standing items as well, in cabinets, although less of this.
Insurance and selling items
We are insured by the Guild for up to £25,000 in total so we will need you to give us an insurance value for your work. It is also possible to sell your items through the venue. If you want to do so you will need to let us know the price you are asking. The venue will take a commission of 20%.
Submitting pieces
Pieces must be submitted by our meeting on 10th April. Please do submit more than one piece, and remembering the title, these can be older pieces just say on your information sheet  approximately when it was created.

If we do have more pieces than space then the organising committee will make selections so it is possible that not all work will be displayed.

They must have your name on the back and be carefully packaged with your name on the packaging as well, so that we can keep them safe when we return them. Also please keep a photograph of your work, if name should become detached you may need to identify a piece.

Please make sure that the packages are easy to open and re pack - don't use rolls of sticky tape or tight string as the work will need to be opened and repacked both for planning the display and for hanging.

We are asking you include an information sheet (attached) with your name, the title of the piece and brief details about the inspiration for the work and the methods you used. This information will be used on cards for each piece of work and on laminated information packs that visitors can refer to as they look around. 
Stitching sessions at the Venue
We plan to have drop in stitching sessions on Saturday 29th April and Saturday 13th May when we will hopefully add more leaves to the Library tree. Please put those dates in your diary and join us if you can.
Tell your friends
Please help us spread the word we will have something that you can share with others by the next branch meeting. Artix is open for visitors 10 till 4 Monday to Saturday.

The attachments for your work

Information Sheet to Accompany Each Piece Sent for Exhibition

Your Name

Title of the Work

Estimated Value

Sale Price if Relevant (If not please mark NFS)

Some information about the piece including the date completed, your inspiration, and the methods you used. Any links to specific branch related activities should be included.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Embroiderer’s Guild Birmingham Branch Notices February 2017

Embroiderer’s Guild Birmingham Branch Notices February 2017

Welcome and a special welcome to our guest speaker Richard Box we are all looking forward to hearing from you.
I am keeping the general notices brief tonight as you also have to take away notes about our exhibition in April and about our next meeting.
For those who are taking part tonight is the first time we swap Travelling Books let Meriel know if there are any problems. Don’t forget Stitch of the Quarter is chain stitch.
Branch exhibition at Artrix in Bromsgrove from 24th April this year to 22nd May. See the separate sheets for more information
Next year’s programme is available. If you haven’t already got a copy please pick one up. Don’t forget Day Schools and sign up with Margaret if you fancy attending a day. June 24th is Textile Art with Mikala Gyetvai. Hopefully everyone who had signed up will have already been told that Nicola Jarvis has let us down so the March work shop is cancelled. Our apologies but not our fault, to make up for this we have a booking instead at Cotteridge on 27th May when Anne Haigh will lead a Canvas Work Day this will be at a reduced cost of around £15 as Anne is being very generous with her time. Requirements list will be at the March meeting. Please start to sign up tonight.
March raffle colour is yellow
We continue to meet at the Library first Saturday of the month and will be there on March 4th Do join us if you can; we have a lovely time when there.
We have had some donations for the Sales table. The next Sales table will be at the March meeting so come prepared with cash and anything you want to donate.

Don’t forget Show and Share every month. It was great at the last meeting, so hope that continues.

We have had a message from the Guild about an appeal for donations to support the move of the collection to its new home. We will be discussing this as a committee in a couple of weeks. Please get in touch with one of the committee if you have any thoughts about this.

The March meeting is a stitching activity, Tea-Flora-Tales which you may remember was mentioned by Cas Holmes at the Regional Day. See over the page for more details, please come to the March meeting with your sewing kit and bits and pieces you want to include.

Bernadette Wilkinson on behalf of the committee.

February with Richard Box

Our speaker was Richard Box who inspired us talking about his background as an artist and using stitch in his work, it was inspiring to hear how Richard develops his pieces and defiantly whetted our appetite for our November workshop when we will have the opportunity to create our own Poppies piece.

The raffle - popular as ever was Orange and we ha a lovely selection of contents for the bag, we also
had an additional prize of a book donated by Richard.

Show and Share bought us some great examples of Stitch of the Quarter - Chain Stitch

Clare's folio for Show and Share

The March meeting is a stitching activity, Tea-Flora-Tales which you may remember was mentioned by Cas Holmes at the Regional Day. See over the page for more details, please come to the March meeting with your sewing kit and bits and pieces you want to include.

March raffle is yellow - see you on March 13.

Friday, 10 February 2017

February Meeting with Richard Box Febriary 13.

We are delighted that Richard is joining us in February as our Guest Speaker for his talk 'Richards adventures in paining and Embroidery, this will be followed up in November with a workshop-'Fabric collage with machine and hand embroidery.

Do have a look at Richard's website

This months Raffle is Orange so if you can please do bring a small contribution for the bag and don't forget to see Janette for your tickets.
2016  Orange Raffle

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, 2 February 2017

Library February 4th

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.