Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April Meeting and Geroge Hook

A fasinating and amusing talk by George Hook all about the Mother of Pearl Button and Jewellery making in Birmingham. A number of members said that this was not the first time they had heard George speak but were still kept interested and amused.

George told us how he is MD of the Largest Mother of Pearl company in the West Midlands, he then tried to bring this down by saying he is the only employee at the only company in the West Midlands!

We heard about the history of the company as well as the history of the business bringing it right upto date.
We were privileged to be able to pass around many items that George described and they were interesting and beautiful in their various states.

George told us that we can visit for a factory tour for open days, if you are interested here is the link: motherofpearl There is no charge and the tour lasts 60 to 90 minutes. - Do book in advance.

We had a selection of work for Show and Tell including some items going on to the exhibition which starts next week at Artrix.

some more Teabags- don't forget to bring any more in in May.

We launched Stitch of the Quarter which is Fishbone and we are looking forward to seeing lots of lovely examples next month.

And another great raffle, this month it was green and thanks for buying your tickets from me!

It's back to Janette next month for the colour is Blue and our speaker is Michala Gyetvai, there is also still time to book Michalas' workshop so don't forget to see Margaret.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Artrix Exhibition and Drop in

Our exhibition is hung and ready for viewing from Wednesday.  Follow the link for details Artrix.

Birmingham Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild: Looking Back - Looking Forward
Do join us for a 'drop in' from 10am  until 1pm on Saturday and you can add to the leaf tree.
Everyone welcome.
The address is: ARTRIX 

B60 1GN

Tea Bag project

Didn't we have a lovely time with the project back in February.

Remember there is still time to finish or even make more - Bernadette will be completing the hangings after the May meeting and sending them of to Cas magpieofthemind.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Rachel Faulkner - PopIN UK

Apologise to Rachel I was was too late to put put details of other workshops but there is still time for this one on Monday.
Batik Workshop - Monday 24th April 
By Julieth Ivanov
10:30 - 12pm /1 - 3:30pm

For more information contact pop up shop at 
Mobile: +447392234462
Or visit twitter page at 

these are Rachel's lovely felt brooches which some of you may have seen at the meeting last week.

There is still plenty of time to visit the pop up so if you are around the city do give it a try.

 Pop up fusion store in Oasis Square. 
The shop will be open till July. There will also be other artists selling work from Bournville college students and independent artists.
Exhibition will be at the same address on Thursday 11th May at 6pm

Saturday, 8 April 2017

April Meeting - George Hook - Mother of Pearl

This month we welcome George Hook from George Hook and Company to talk to us about the business that has been part of his family since 1824, sure to be an interesting experience. You may remember that prizes for 2016 regional day came from George's company. Do have a look at the web site george hook.

As with all meetings there will be Show and Share.  Also there is a chance to borrow (for a very small fee) from the DVD and Stamp library.

Why not sign up for upcoming Day Schools with Margaret. If you fancy attending a day: 

27th May 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 meeting and is on this blog 
June 24th is 'Experimenting with threads and fibres' with Mikala Gyetvai. 
Requirements list will be at the meeting and is on this blog. 
25 November is a workshop with Richard Box who was so entertaining and interesting at the February meeting.
Dont forget to bring along travelling books, or make arrangements fro someone to bring yours along if you can't make the meeting.

This months Raffle is green, so if you can please do bring a small contribution for the bag and as a one time only I will be selling the tickets, so if you don't know yet who produces this blurb, do come and tell me about my awful spelling and punctuation, I promise to take no notice at all!

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, 6 April 2017

Requirements lists - workshops May and June

Anne Haigh May 27 - Canvas Work:
You can use any colours you have in your stash to create your own colour scheme and I’ll also show you an easy way to add colour to white canvas.
You will need:
  • Sewing kit including tapestry needles – size 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 are good sizes, scissors etc.
  • Threads: e.g. stranded cotton, soft cotton, tapestry or crewel wool, perle threads, thicker metallic threads, funky threads etc. Choose a favourite colour scheme, any colour scheme will work. e.g. a rainbow, shades of a single colour, complementary colours, primary colours, monochrome.
  • Canvas if you have it - 10, 12 or 14 count will be best . A piece about 8 x 10inches (roughly A4) will be plenty but you can work smaller e.g. travelling book size – but allow space to hold the canvas while you work.
  • A hoop or frame and clamp/stand to hold it if you prefer to work with a frame. Siesta frames are good for canvas work and if you’re at the NEC on 16-19th March you will be able to find them you need two pairs of bars to make a square. E.g. 8” and 10” or smaller sets if you want to work on a smaller piece. You will need drawing pins to attach the canvas to the frame. (I have no affiliation to Siesta frames – but like them because they are cheap but good. 8x10 set is £3.50 according to their website.)
  • Coloured Pencils or felt tips, if you have them but not essential.
  • Masking tape to bind edge of canvas
  • Baking Parchment
  • If you have a stitch reference book e.g. The Stitch Bible then bring that but I aim to have handouts of the stitches for you to follow.
  • Notebook and pen if you want to take notes
I will bring with me some threads and canvas as well as materials for the design/colouring canvas. I would appreciate a contribution to the cost of these materials if you use any. Maximum will be £5.

 Mikala Gyetvai  Experimenting with threads and fibresJune 24:

A sewing kit
A sewing machine for free hand embroidery ( not essential if you prefer hand stitching)
A hand held embellisher tool and brush if you have one ( I have 10 of these available to use that I will bring)
A range of threads machine and hand 
loose merino wool and silk fibres if you have them  (I will bring a selection to use)
Pieces of wool fabric or blanket and calico
A small sketchbook with coloured pencils or crayons, anything you like using to make sketches

Images that inspire you, landscape, still life, figures, abstract...anything!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Michala Gyetvai at The Birmingham school of Jewellery

Michal is our May speaker and is running a workshop for us in June.  Michala will be at The Birmingham school of Jewellery, Vittoria Street Gallery, for a Meet the Maker event this Thursday 6th April, 5pm to 7pm.
There will be various makers from The Made in the Middle exhibition talking about their work including other textile artists.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Rachel Faulkner - PopIN UK

Our member Rachel Faulkner has been busy preparing pieces for a shop and exhibition that her college is involved in and has told us more about it, if you are in the area do drop in to the 'Pop Up'.

"It's showing work from my course 'Foundation degree for Contemporary Art Practice'. Both first year and second (I'm second year) will be selling and displaying work. There will be a range of different art forms on display from textiles, paintings to photography etc." 

Launch of shop: Thursday 6th April at 6pm at the Oasis Fashion store in town. Pop up fusion store. in Oasis Square. The shop will be open till July. There will also be other artists selling work from Bournville college students and independent artists.
Exhibition will be at the same address on Thursday 11th May at 6pm
2 Priory Square
The Square Shopping Centre
Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7LG
United Kingdom
Mobile: +447392234462

Shop open now with independent artists and designers.
Launch Party for Pop Up Shop for Foundation degree students
  Thursday 6th April 6 - 7pm

Afterwards open normal time 10-5pm until end of July
Thursday 6th April 10-5pm until end of July
There will be photography, textiles, fine art items etc. for sale 
There will be workshops on photography, Printmaking, Painting effects for Interior design and Batik:
(Cost for workshops and more info to follow).