Saturday, 12 May 2018

Monday's meeting - 14th May

Hello to everyone

Monday's 14th May meeting is an activities evening and  we are proud to present :

    card making with Meriel       


    creating a tulip (or two) with Liz.

It would be great to have some of the cards and finished tulips for sale at the open  day on 23rd June so here's hoping for a productive evening!

The raffle bag colour this month is blue and all contributions will be gratefully received. Let's pack out those winners' bags with lots of blue goodies.

See you all on Monday!

Pretty in pink: gorgeous handmade tulips 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Museum of Cannock Chase

A date for your diary. Fans of Clare Wasserman will be keen to catch this:

Sew Crafty Festival 2018

      Museum of Cannock Chase

01543 877666

*   Museum of Cannock Chase

Saturday 16th June
      11am – 4.30pm
                                                       £3 admission
        If you stitch, knit, quilt, embroider or paint on silk, this is a day for you!
         Stalls, talks and drop-in workshops.

      Cross Stitch Exhibition in The Space by The Chase Gallery
       ‘Landscapes Within and Without’
        Exhibition by Clare Wassermann in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery
       Quilt Exhibition by Wombourne Quilters

       General admission to the museum is free, open every day, 11am - 5pm

       Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 1TD.


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Library Time - Saturday 5th May

It's library time again and we'll be in our usual spot on the mezzanine floor above the Library of Birmingham cafe on Saturday from 11am until about 2.00.

Everyone is welcome - come and bring any current projects and just enjoy a bit of stitching in company.

If you're new to embroidery or interested in the Embroiderers' Guild we would love you to join us. We always have plenty of threads if you'd like to have a try.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

News: Solihull Embroiderers Guild Workshops

Solihull Embroiderers Guild
Saturday Workshop Programme 2018

Saturday workshops are held at

The Shirley Institute, 24 Church Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2AX
There is ample car parking to the rear of the building and bus services from Birmingham and Solihull, to St James the Great Church, Stratford Road 200yards from the Institute.
Sessions run from 10.00am - 4.00pm and we ask you to arrive promptly.

There is free tea, coffee and biscuits during the day but please bring your own packed lunch.

You will need to provide some materials for yourself or may need to purchase them or a kit from the tutor to complete the workshops. A requirements
list will be provided well before the session.

Forthcoming Workshops with vacant places

12 May                               “Kantha” with Judith Rowley

This workshop will explore the world of Kantha, a traditional Bangladeshi technique of recycling old fabric to create new. We will produce a small wall hanging, creating a fabric base and embellishing with Kantha Stitching. We will look at the historical and cultural context for Kantha and explore its potential in contemporary textile art Projects in 2D and 3D.

Judith will bring a selection of Indian cotton fabrics at £1.50.

You will need to bring: tacking cotton, short darning needles, a selection of embroidery threads, fabric, scissors, pins and notebook and pencil.

Judith is a textile artist who creates textural and tactile surfaces from natural fabrics and fibres which are bonded to create bases for “painting” with hand and machine stitch.

She is an active member of Prism Textiles an independent international exhibiting group. Closer to home she exhibits with Midlands Textile Forum, Birmingham Art Circle and Textile Connection..

14 July             - “Coastal Relic” with Nicky Dillerstone

Taking the beach and coastline as inspiration you will create a free standing stitched and embellished 3D artwork.

Working in a palette of silvers, grey, creams and pale blues the emphasis will be on fine layers and textures. You will firstly create a layered fabric piece rich with stitching/beading and found objects. From that we will create a 3D curved shape with a range of wires and further layered stitching.

Other found objects such as shells and driftwood can be incorporated in the piece but this is optional. The stitching can be achieved by hand or on the machine. Galvanised wire will be used to create the curved shape.

Requirements – working within the colour spectrum you will need a range of threads; small amounts of fine fabrics, wools, cotton lawn, linen, silks, mohair, knitted pieces; beads, shells, driftwood: wire, wire cutters, round nosed pliers: needles, pins (long are best), scissors and about half a meter of muslin and hessian.

Nicky’s work shows her obsession with fabric and threads that has been constant in her life since she was very small. She makes sculptural nests and pods that can live in your house or garden quite happily, they are made from wire, wool, fabric, beads and whatever comes to hand that is weatherproof. This workshop explores the latest direction in her work based on coastal themes. This is a new workshop for both Nicky and ourselves.

6 September - “A Silk Ribbon Monogram” with Tanya Haines of The Common Thread

This is a kit based workshop, with the monogram and ribbons of your choice.

This project is a lovely introduction to the stitches used in silk ribbon embroidery. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of stitches and discover how these stitches can be used to form a number of different flowers. Then, using what you have learnt, you will choose which flowers you would like to embroider on your monogram.

Tanya will sell a basic kit at £12.50 and you will need to purchase some silk ribbons (up to 3) to complete your chosen design which will take the total kit cost to around £19.50.
The silk Ribbon Monograms are stitched on silk dupion using hand painted silk ribbons. The technique requires the malleability of silk ribbons, other fibres will not be as successful.

You will be asked to choose your Monogram letter a month before the workshop so Tanya can have them printed on the cloth.

Tanya grew up in South Africa and has been stitching and knitting since childhood, but it wasn’t until she moved to England in 1993 that a whole new world of needlework, and all that it had to offer, opened up to her. She is a hand embroiderer and has been designing and teaching traditional hand embroidery for over 23 years. She started teaching at the Woburn School of Needlework in 1994. When the owner retired she started the Bedfordshire School of Needlework, which has now become The Common Thread’s School of Needlework. Over the years she has designed pieces in order to teach students the traditional forms of Drawn and Pulled Thread work, Hardanger, Casalguidi and Reticello, as well as Silk Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork.

The cost for each workshop is £45.

If you would like to book a place at any of the workshops please contact our
Workshops Bookings secretary on

Initially a place will be reserved for you. It will be confirmed by receipt of your payment

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Stitching Away Days. Warning: there may be cake!

Angela and Sarah at Eternal Embroidery have just been in touch about their upcoming stitching retreats:  

Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire - Medieval Embroidery  
14 -15 August 2018
Betty’s Tearoom ,Harrogate - Stitching and Tea, 
21 November 2018

'Join RSN accredited tutors Angela Bishop and Sarah Homfray at these unique venues for some fun and informative stitching days. ( meals. breaks, kits included)
All abilities welcome'

Visit for details

News: Coventry Cathedral Textile Exhibition

Quinary textile group are holding an exhibition at Coventry Cathedral. It starts today (12th April) and runs until 24th May 2018. Click on the link for examples of their fascinating stitch work.

More details of the exhibition are available on the Cathedral website.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Monday's meeting - 9th April

Jude Lovatt from  wolverhampton embroiderers guild  will be our speaker tonight with her talk entitled "What If..?" so get ready to be creatively challenged!
 Jude is a great speaker so it promises to be a night to remember.

The raffle colour on Monday will be blue - remember to bring anything blue and get ready to buy your raffle tickets from Jeanette.

Day Schools
Looking ahead, the expert-led day schools ( always very popular so will be booking up fast) will be continuing this year with:

June 30th  - Margaret Fairhead
27th October - Nicola Jarvis

Speak to Margaret on Monday if you would like to reserve a place.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Come stitch with us at the Library - Saturday 7th April

It's library time again and we'll be in our usual spot on the mezzanine floor above the Library of Birmingham cafe on Saturday from 11am until about 2.00.

Everyone is welcome - come and bring any current projects and just enjoy a bit of stitching in company.

If you're new to embroidery or interested in the Embroiderers' Guild we would love you to join us. We always have plenty of threads if you'd like to have a try.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Thank you Maria!

Today's workshop with Maria Thomas was a relaxed day of piecing together memories and learning new techniques.  
Maria demonstrates her technique 

Margaret Richards

Beatrix Potter and Mrs Tiggywinkle!

Maria's cathedral windows
Maria brought along her beautiful pieces and shared her knowledge of cathedral windows patchwork and shisha stitching. As you can see from the photos, some beautiful results were achieved. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Margaret Bentley

Embroiderers’ Guild on the BBC

The Norwich branch of the Guild featured on BBC Woman’s Hour yesterday. Click here if you’d like to listen to it.

Fashion and Embroidery at the NEC 15-18 March

Some of our members are exhibiting at the NEC this week so do check them out if you are coming to the show:

Traverse textile group are exhibiting for the first time. 
Find them at stand M11.

Eclectica textile group will be there too with their exhibition
‘Cloth, Colour, Thread  with a Splash of Orange’.

Don’t forget to come and say hello at the Embroiderers’ Guild stand. You can have a chat and a sit-down and maybe even do a bit of stitching.