Monday, 19 February 2018

Requirements list for the Maria Thomas Day School (March 24th 2018)

Requirements for Maria Thomas workshop: March 24th 2018

Work with re-cycled fabric, paper ephemera and hand-stitching to create a quilted runner.

This workshop focuses on manipulating the traditional techniques of cathedral windows, English patchwork, applique and Indian Kantha and Shisha stitch into a delightful and contemporary outcome.

Suggestions for creating the paper, fabric and found objects runner:

Bottle lids hammered flat, old buttons, odd bits of haberdashery, lace, ribbons. Mixed re-cycled fabric scraps – old embroidered linen, velvet and lightweight thin cotton – plain or patterned. Re-cycled papers – graphic food and household products packaging, old dress pattern sleeves, lined envelopes, broken books, old maps….. A favourite image photocopied.

Pins, fabric and paper scissors, hand and machine threads, sewing machine.

PVA glue and spreader, white emulsion paint, large paint brushes 1” and 2”, hair dryer.

(Irons and ironing boards will be available)

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

February 12th meeting

Our meeting on Monday promises to be just the thing for a chilly February as we welcome Sarah Hunt who is sharing her year-long adventure travelling around South and Central America. Sarah has a particular interest in the traditional textiles of each region she visited and will be bringing with her an inspiring range of the local textiles and tools.

Staying with the bright and colourful theme, our raffle  this month is Orange. Do bring what you can find to add to the beautiful hand-crafted prizewinners' bags and don't forget to buy your raffle tickets before the meeting starts.

Heather will  be having a one-off sale of stitching goodies (and embellisher!) to raise money for her new home so do check out her stall to see if there is anything you would like.

And for final inspiration, here's a photo of Angela sharing her embroidery expertise with Margaret!

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!)

Sunday, 28 January 2018



March 24th 2018
Maria Thomas:            Alternative Textile Quilting  

June 30th 2018
Margaret Fairhead:    River reflections in Black and White  

October 27th

Nicola Jarvis:                Crewel Work

February 3rd 2018: Library meet-up

Sunday, 14 January 2018

January meeting photos

Some highlights from our January meeting...

Solihull Claire Muir Workshop

Solihull Guild have spaces left on a workshop with Claire Muir if you are interested contact me at and I will pass the details on, or respond through their Face Book page SolihullEmbroiderersGuild.

Create fabulous flowers by free-machine embroidery, producing individual petals onto a soluble fabric. Pieces of silk or organza are stitched into the petals vefore supporting wires are added along the centre of each petal. Bead and crystal embellishements and wire and feather centres finish off each creation.
Some free machine embroidery experience is advisable.
£35 members of Embroiderers Guild, £40 non-members
Please message to book a place  

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Monday 8th January meeting and Library meet-up

Welcome back and wishing a very Happy New Year to everyone. 

With the December snow behind us we have a packed programme for our January meeting:

Our main event is our annual Tale of Two Members and this year we welcome Clare Wilkins and Bev Archer. Claire and Bev will share with us their lives in stitch and we are bound to find out more about them along the way.

At the same time we can enjoy our postponed December party with cakes, drinks and savoury treats. 

The Christmas competition will also take place so don't forget to bring your entries on the theme of  'Using Decorative Needlework Requirements'. We will also be holding December's gold raffle and January's red raffle together so please bring any red and gold contributions you may have and see Janette for your raffle tickets.

And finally, our usual meet-up at the Library of Birmingham takes place this Saturday on January 6th. This is always a lovely opportunity to have a chat, get to know each other a bit better and of course get some stitching done. Hope to see you there, if you can make it. We will be in our usual spot on the mezzanine floor of the cafe.

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!.