Tuesday, 9 August 2016

National Stitch Day

We were joined at the Library of Birmingham by the Lady Mayoress Deed Curry.
Lady Mayoress with our chair Bernadette Wilkinson

Deed told us of her interest in stitch which went back to her childhood and behond as she completed  Degree in Fashion and Textile Design, specialising in Embroidery at Birmingham Polytechnic and subsequently worked for Birmingham Costume Hire a company supplying costumes to theatres, film companies and schools all over the country. 

Deed  then joined us and our visitors creating leaves to add to the branches of your tree - created by Margaret Richards and using silks from those donated to us from the old library.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Library Saturday August 6 National Stitch Day

It's National Stitch day and we are delighted to be joined by Birmingham's Lady Mayoress .

We will be in our normal space in the Library of Birmingham 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 from 9am).  Everyone is welcome to join us decorating leaves to add to our tree - bring you sewing kit if you have one but don't worry we can supply you with everything you need to join in.

All are welcome to join us and find out more about the activities of the Birmingham Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Yarningham - new event at Stirchley Baths

There is a a new event this weekend (16th & 17th July) at the Stirchley Baths - Yarningham, organised by Birmingham's Stitches and Ho's knitting group. It's a 2 day festival with lots of dyers and independent producers, as well as a workshop programme, which may be of interest to Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild members and friends.

Stirchley Baths is a short walk from Bournville train station, and day tickets are £5 plus booking fee in advance, or £7 on the door.

For more info, see their website: http://www.stitchesandhos.co.uk/yarningham/4591459403

Friday, 8 July 2016

July Meeting Monday 11th

On Monday we look forward to hearing from Marion Plumb, one of our members and we all know we can look forward to an interesting and entertaining talk with the intriguing title 'The hidden world of the Geisha'

Remember the summer competition 'Colour Carnival', everyone will have chance to vote and the cup is polished ready to hand on.

The raffle is pink and the bags made my members are sure to be masterpieces so don't forget to bring a small contribution along and to buy tickets on the night.

If you're new to the Guild, visitors are welcome, and the first session is free, with a charge of £4 thereafter. Please see here for details of where we meet. See you there!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Summer Competition

There is still time to work on you entry for this years summer competition 'Colour Carnival' so get stitching and bring your entry along on July 11.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Library Saturday July 2nd

It's library time again and we  are 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 felt, binca and other activities for both adults and children.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cas Holmes Workshop

The day started with a challenge, before we even got there 'one small bag'!  The only one to achieve this was Cas, who demonstrated much to our embarrassment just what you can achieve from one small bag.

Despite this we had a great day learning the skills of keeping a journal and creating our own first pages with inspiration from the garden of Northfield Meeting House.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Branch meeting June 13th

We had an interesting meeting hearing from Jude Lovatt about her own work and experience. Jude shared many examples of her designs and techniques and inspired us to get creative.

The raffle was turquoise and we had beautiful bags created by members and filled with lots of goodies in the matching colour scheme.  As always thanks to all for creating bags and providing the contents as well as buying the all important tickets!!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Regional Day 2016

There were many cakes and biscuits for regional day, including this fabulous centre piece from Angela.

We had a super day hearing from Terry Murphy who spoke openly about the challenges facing the guild and shared stories of his time as CEO.  He was an engaging speaker and everyone enjoyed listening to a snap shot of life in HO.

The Lunch break was a great opportunity to mix and chat with friends old and new, shop, look at the work on display from members throughout the region and vote in the members choice competition.  It also gave Cas Holmes a chance to select competition winners and we were delighted to have two branch members walking of with prizes - Meriel with her collage and Marion Brown and her delightful stump work bird, I hope they will bring them along to the July meeting for those who didn't get chance to go on the day to have a look.

After lunch we all enjoyed a fascinating talk from our guest speaker Cas Holmes who shared with us many interesting snippets of her career and her work and her true respect for the environment and how she, whenever she can, uses, reuses and makes the most of all she can find in her local environment.  Those of us were lucky enough to attend Cas's workshop the following day became even more aware this being encouraged to use what is around us as we develop our journals.

There will be lots more photographs to share from our 'official' photographer, these are just a few to wet your appetite.

Setting up

Thanks to all who contributed in many ways to a fabulous day, whether you made a cake, shifted tables and chairs, hung banners, sold from book stalls, raffle tickets or other merchandise, wore a sash and helped make all of our guests feel welcome or one of the many other taks and chores.