Monday, 17 December 2012

Stitch of the Month - Running Stitch

This month's stitch, chosen by Marilyn, is Running Stitch. While it is a very simple stitch, it can be used in many effective ways and variations.

fabric collage ready

Peregrine Blue on Flickr has used running stitch in a very simple manner on this collage to add texture.

fabric collage ready

Running stitch can be pulled or drawn, causing the fabric to ripple in an interesting way, as with the above closeup of Peregrine Blue's collage.

Running stitch embroidery of an elephant

It can also be used to build up a picture, as in this elephant, also from Peregrine Blue.

TAST Running Stitch

Luci F has used simple running/straight stitches to emphasise parts of this printed design, adding texture.

stitched resists
stitched resists

Lovefibre used running stitch to form a resist on these pieces of fabric before dyeing them. They've come out fantastically - she has more photos on her photostream.

Another great use of running stitches is in traditional Kantha work. For an interesting take on Kantha, see this post on Linda Kemshall's blog.

Craftster Hoopla Swap R4 To Kanawinkie (6)

You could also try a seed stitch, lots of running stitches scattered over a surface. I've used them in a very regular fashion on the top of this piece.

How about whipping or interlacing a line of running stitch? You could vary the thread you use for the whipping or interlacing, to add variety. We'd love to see what you do with running stitch, you could post pictures on our Facebook page, or bring things along to our next meeting.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Crazy Quilt Stitching Inspiration

If you're enjoying finishing up your crazy patchwork cushion, and looking for some inspiration for the embroidery, then Sharon Boggon (who runs the fabulous 'In A Minute Ago' stitch dictionary) is an avid embroiderer and crazy quilter. She has posted a series on her blog detailing a crazy quilt she has made. Sharon includes descriptions and photos of each seam on her blog, so it would be well worth taking a look at for inspiration - Crazy Quilt Details and Crazy Quilt Seam Treatments.

There's also a great Pinterest board full of inspiring pictures here.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Beautiful Mini Cushions

The Birmingham branch are lucky to have June Parkinson as a member, and on Monday she joined us to teach us how to make sumptuious mini cushions. June brought along a couple of examples of lovely finished cusions, and then set us going on making our own, from the pattern provided.

They were surprisingly easy to make, and everyone made good progress. I went home and finished the piecing for mine, and I plan to do lots of lovely hand embroidery over the Christmas break:

Crazy patch

Monday, 3 December 2012

Reminder: December Members Session Requirements List

Just a reminder that the requirements list for next week's members session is available here:

http://birminghamembroiderersguild.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/requirements-list-for-december-2012.html

Please note - as some materials and the patterns are being provided for this session, we would be grateful if each member could contribute 50p towards the cost of materials and photocopying. Thank you!

Friday, 30 November 2012

Westhope Weekend

The branch are hoping to go to Westhope College again next year, for a residential two day weekend course. We are considering the 13th to 15th of September, 2013.

The college are looking at potential tutors and costs etc , so we are not able to provide any more information at the moment, but we've asked for a tutor who can lead a course which is hand embroidery only or something that can be either machine or hand.

If you are interested in coming to Westhope on the above dates, could you please either email birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com, or see Anne at the December session.

Thanks

Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn Talk and Workshop

The Wrekin Branch have booked Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn for a two day workshop next year, and have asked local branches to publicise it.
 
The workshop will be on March 15 and 16, 2013. It will be held at St John's Church and Community Centre, Saltwells Drive, Muxton, Telford TF2 8RJ. The cost is £80 and includes a ticket for the talk on Friday evening by Jan and Jean.
 
If you are interested in reserving a place, you will need to send a cheque, payable to Wrekin Branch, for £20 to the secretary Pam Tait, please email birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com for the address.
 
The balance will be due by the end of January.
Those wishing to attend the talk only on the Friday evening can buy a ticket for £5.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Experiments with Pattern with Steph Redfern

This weekend, 15 Guild members met at the Friends' Meeting House in Cotteridge for a dayschool with Steph Redfern.

Steph is an artist with a long career in ceramics, who moved into textiles about nine years ago, and is now a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. She brought along examples of her finished work, and her design process, and took us through creating pattern from inspirational images.
Steph Redfern Dayschool
One of Steph's finished pieces, using repeated leaf shapes

Steph Redfern Dayschool
One of Steph's design boards
We all set to work, with a wide range of inspiring images that varied from pictures of pylons to sweet shops, and everything in between, using the techniques that Steph taught us to build up repeating designs.

We layered fabrics and assembled our designs, then started adding simple stitch to bring the elements together.
Steph Redfern Dayschool
Hard at work adding stitch!
Everyone got going on pieces that looked great, and will give us a project to work on in these winter evenings.

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Anne H started with an image of a hinge, and ended up with this very lively piece.
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Linda's Lovely Dancing Mushrooms
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Jane's piece, inspired by pebbles
For some more images of our designs, press Play on this slideshow:


One of our members, Angie, really enjoyed herself, and said this about the day: "Lovely one day workshop with Stephanie, such an inspiring and gifted artist, got us all off to a great start on new individual projects inspired by simple shapes and pattern. Really enjoyed myself and the company, and look forward to seeing everyone's pieces when finished."

Steph also had a good time - she wrote about her experience on her blog. Have you been inspired by pattern and created any embroidery? If so, feel free to leave us a comment, either here, or on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Programme of Events and Workshops 2013

We have a fantastic year of embroidery talks and workshops ahead of us in 2013: 
Visitors are welcome to any of the talks, feel free to just come along. Bookings are required for dayschools, if you would like to come along, please see Margaret Richards at a session, or email birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com for more information.

# represents a change from the advertised programme, due to circumstances out of our control.

Updated to add hyperlinks to session writeups.

Monday, 26 November 2012

January 2013 Session - Members Making Evening - Ideas Needed

During 2013, the branch are hoping to participate in a number of local festivals, leading embroidery workshops and selling items to raise money for Branch Funds.

We are planning to kick start this process by dedicating our January meeting to gathering ideas of embroidered items that members could make and contribute to a stall for the branch.

We need your support with this! Could you please have a think about some projects that you could make, that would sell for £10 or under, and would be willing to make for the Branch? In January we would like people to bring along their idea and the resources to start making them.

Therefore, if you have an idea, could you please bring along to the January session:
  • Any examples you have of the finished item you would like to make
  • The materials to make the item
  • If it is a small item (e.g. a brooch, greetings cards, etc.) enough supplies to show someone else how to make it, so they can sit with you and create one/some
Could everyone please bring:
  • Sewing kit (needles, thread, scissors, embroidery hoop if you use one)
  • A small selection of fabric (e.g. cotton, felt, sheers) and embellishments, if you have them to hand
We are aiming to do our first festival in late Spring/early Summer, so we really need your help to make sure we have a lively and engaging stall that helps people see the wide range of fantastic skill within our group.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Stitch of the Month: Cross Stitch

Thank you to Marilyn, who is doing a sterling job producing Stitch of the Month stitches for us all to enjoy.

This month, she has chosen cross stitch, which is a stitch many of us will be familiar with from its uses as a counted stitch, however it can also be used in a free-form manner to great effect.

Despite being quite simple to work, it can be used to build up a beautifully textured surface by varying the size of the stitch and the thread used to work it. It is also useful (along with other linear stitches) to couch down thicker threads/wools:

TAST Week 12 - Couching - Detail
(By Luci F on Flickr)

There are a number of beautiful images which depict Cross Stitch used in a range of interesting ways, however as they are copyrighted, I'm not able to reproduce the images here, so please go and check out these links for some inspirational uses of the stitches:
Cross stitch has a number of variations, including Alternating cross stitch, Rice stitch, Double cross stitch, Long arm cross stitch and Montenegrin (Links all go to Sharon B's stitch Dictionary)

Have you used cross stitch in your work, either counted or free-form? If so, please share a picture with us, either here or over on our Facebook group. We look forward to seeing how you get on!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Show and Tell November 2012

We had couple of beautiful items at this month's Show and Tell. Both Angie and Pam decided to bring in projects they had previously worked on that included French Knots, as the Stitch of the Month.

Angie shared this gorgeous tailored neck collar, made out of felted merino wool and organza, embellished with French Knots and machine stitching:
Show and Tell November 2012 1

The colours are gorgeous, and the textures of the felt, organza and knots work really well together.

Angie made it for her City and Guilds course, where she had to provide a costing for the piece. As French Knots are quite time consuming to work, she switched to machine cable stitch, with a few French Knots, on the back of the piece:
Show and Tell November 2012 3

Pam also shared a project which featured gorgeous use of French Knots to build up texture. She created this beautiful picture based on a mossy waterfall she had seen while on holiday in the USA:
Show and Tell November 2012 8

The whole top of the piece is heavily textured with French knots, wools and scrim in beautiful colours to depict the moss:
Show and Tell November 2012 7

Thank you to both Pam and Angie for sharing your work with us - we look forward to seeing more next time!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

2012 Message from the Chairman, Christine Poole

Below is a message to all Guild Members, from Christine Poole, our Chairman:

To all Members of the Embroiderers Guild

It is difficult to believe that a year has passed since I last wrote to you - as Vice-Chairman and Acting Chairman of the Guild.


It has been another busy year – for me, for the Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer, the Guild staff and for you, the Members.

In April the Council welcomed two new Regional Chairmen – East Midlands and North West – and said sad farewells to the two retiring Regional Chairmen.  The Trustees and Executive Committee remain the same and we have placed details on the Trustee Bank website with the intention of attracting new Trustees who have skills and contacts to help us in our move forward.  The CEO and the Guild’s staff continue to work with us. 


Now as Chairman I have had the opportunity to meet many of you at your Regional Days, AGMs and Exhibitions, as well as at Branch meetings and exhibitions.  We have shared laughter and concerns.  As I appreciate, through membership of the Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Committee, Regional Chairmen and their Committees, together with their Branches, work hard in planning very successful Regional Days, AGMs, Exhibitions and Summer Schools.  The Regions, their Chairmen and Committees play an increasingly important part in the life of the Guild and its Chairman.  Your support of them is invaluable, through attendance at events and membership of committees.


Members have been able to visit the Guild.  The Finest Stitches Exhibition (items from the Collection) has visited various venues around the country and locations are being sourced for exhibitions in 2013.  Folios continue to be renovated and borrowed by Branches and Regions – if you haven’t done so already and would like to, please contact Annette Collinge, who continues to manage and oversee the Collection but is now assisted by the newly formed Folio Committee. 

Again the Guild has received welcome support from Twisted Thread (Knitting & Stitching Shows, Festival of Quilts), Coats (Regional Day competition prizes), Madeira (Regional Day sponsored lectures) and the Worshipful Company of Broderers (Broderers Prize).  It is important that these relationships, as well as new ones, are acknowledged by the Guild, its Regions, Branches and Members.  

As I write this, the Guild is responding, albeit at comparatively short notice, to a request from Twisted Thread/Upper Street to contribute for the first time to the First Steps Lounge at Knitting & Stitching Harrogate.  The Learning Curve is for the more experienced stitchers; First Steps for those starting out and may lead to the recruitment of Young Embroiderers’ and new Members.  Volunteers have come forward from the Yorkshire & The Humber, North West and North East Regions.  The idea is to hold one hour drop in sessions to attract young people and beginners, to introduce them to some basic stitches by way of easy projects that can be completed in an hour or so, or later at home.  I hope that some of you are going or will have been to Harrogate and seen for yourselves.  I look upon the Guild’s participation as a way forward in our partnership with Upper Street but be aware, if this is successful I may well be seeking more volunteers in the future for both Alexandra Palace and for Harrogate!

I hope also that you will have taken the opportunity, either at Alexandra Palace or at Harrogate, to visit the Graduate Showcase, speak with the Graduates and invite them to speak at your Branch or Regional meetings. 

Again I am looking forward to the Guild’s AGM in April, this time in Cheltenham – Springtime in the Cotswolds.  I am sure you will have been captivated by the colourful flyer produced by the organising Regions (South West and Wales) and that I will see you there – for all or part of the weekend’s programme of activities.  As you may have gathered by now, I do enjoy spending time with you.

My thanks go to the Guild’s members of staff.  They took me on as Vice-Chairman-elect a couple of years ago and have given me the benefit of their unstinting support, patience, advice and guidance throughout my time as Vice Chairman, Acting Chairman, Chairman-elect and now Chairman.  They dissuade me from reinventing any wheels, ease frustrations and provide encouragement in what I try to do.  But I am not alone in this - you will be aware of their help and support through your contact with them.


You all have worked very hard this year – registering, stewarding, planning, contributing in different ways – all for the love of what you do.  All you do is valued.  For many of us complete relaxation will not come until after the Season’s festivities are over but this is the time for me to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful Christmas and the very best for the New Year.  I am looking forward to seeing many more of you in 2013.

Christine

Christine Poole
Chairman of the Guild

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Great Grandma's Workbox with Felicity Howatson

On Monday, Birmimgham Embroiderers' Guild welcomed Felicity Howatson (of Solublefilm.co.uk) to speak about her Great Grandma's Workbox, an utterly beautiful treasure trove of embroidery history:
Great Grandma's Workbox with Felicity Howatson, November 2012 4
 
Felicity was a wonderful speaker, telling us tales of how the box started its life in the late 1700s with her great grandmother in India, being passed down through the family, with everyone adding their own precious tools to it. As she spoke, she handed round the items, letting us see them up close; a wonderful experience.
 
One of the treasures the box contained was this beautiful tape measure, with little kittens carved into it (in a technique similar to scrimshaw), still extending and retracting even after all this time.

Great Grandma's Workbox with Felicity Howatson, November 2012 13

Everything in the box was beautiful, as well as having a purpose. We would love to use bobbin covers such as these, designed just to make plain wooden bobbins look more attractive:
Great Grandma's Workbox with Felicity Howatson, November 2012 15

And these tools with lovely carved mother of pearl handles, acquired at various times (the button hook was used to fasten the many tiny buttons on Felicity's mother's wedding dress), yet looking so beautiful together:
Great Grandma's Workbox with Felicity Howatson, November 2012 21

She also brought some lovely textiles expertly worked by her family, and generously allowed us to look at these too:
Great Grandma's Workbox with Felicity Howatson, November 2012 11

To take a look at some more things in Felicity's workbox, press Play on this slideshow:


As her day job, Felicity is an Ecclesiastical Embroiderer, and she brought along one of her (very impressive) works, which is shortly to live in the V&A:
Great Grandma's Workbox with Felicity Howatson, November 2012 17

Felicity uses the soluble film that she has created quite extensively in her Ecclesiastical embroidery, for example to get accurate details on faces. It also works well to make 3D forms such as masks and bowls - Felicity shared a couple more of her soluble film projects with us, and we purchased some film and kits, to try out at home in future.



It was a thoroughly enjoyable session. Next month we are having a members workshop, making Mini Cushions with June. See you there!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Goldwork In Spain

I (Heather) recently went on holiday to Spain, and on the last day we spent some time in Mijas (near Malaga) before going to the airport. It's a typical Spanish town, lots of gorgeous architecture and tree covered hills under a beautiful blue sky.

Mijas, Spain, October 2012 (2)

On the edge of town, facing the sea is a lovely little shrine, the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña, a 17th century cave partially hewn out of the rocks:
Mijas, Spain, October 2012 (4)

Tucked away inside this tiny chapel were some beautiful examples of goldwork embroidery on robes. The details were brilliant, and I had to take some photos to share with you.
Mijas, Spain, October 2012 (22)

Mijas, Spain, October 2012 (23)

For some more images, press play on this slideshow:


And here's a slideshow of the shrine and the area surrounding it:

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at this lovely embroidery - have you ever discovered any crafts on holiday?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Stitch of the Month: French and Bullion Knots

This month's stitches are French and Bullion Knots, which work well either in isolation, or in combination with other stitches.

French Knots
French knots form little round dots on the surface of the fabric; for some good instructions see Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary - French Knots.

They look good massed into a group, like this, this and this lovely rainbow:
french knots
(From Thetangledthread on Flickr)

These two gorgeous samples explore colour mixing and pontillism really well:
french knots

colour blending
(Both from Lovefibre on Flickr)

French Knots can be used effectively to build up a design, as in this lovely floral picture:
French knot detail
(From Follow the White Bunny on Flickr)

They also look really nice in whitework, like these two examples: on Stitchin Fingers and Flickr, or worked in amongst beads for interesting texture, like this. You could also try varying the type and number of threads you stitch with, to produce larger or smaller knots.

A little tip for you - if you struggle to work French Knots, try Colonial Knots. They look very similar to French knots, but are less prone to disappearing to the back of the fabric!

Bullion Knots
Bullion knots are longer knots, often known as caterpillar, grub or worm stitches for a good reason:
Craftster Hoopla Swap R4 To Kanawinkie (4)
(By Heather - the Bullion knots are the blue and green squiggly sections, e.g. below the blue button)

Don't let the names put you off, they are a great stitch to work, and as the above example shows, they look great massed into heaps making big textured piles of stitch. To work a Bullion Knot, see these instructions from Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary.

They look good worked in a range of different threads, as in this example, with very high sheen thread, or these thick wooly knots. By adding a lot of wraps they can be made to be very tall and loopy

As with French Knots, Bullion Knots also work well to build up a design, lending themselves to textured floral designs:
trèfle
(From Coeurdefreesia on Flickr)

As they are comparitively long, Bullion knots can also be worked in between other stitches, and contribute well to highly textured pieces, as in the top left corner of this lovely piece of Moon-inspired embroidery:
High Texture Hand Embroidery of the Moon - Detail
(From average_jane_crafter on Flickr)

I hope all these lovely images have left you inspired to try out some French and Bullion knots - I look forward to seeing what you've come up with at the next session, or pop over to our Facebook page and share your thoughts.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Requirements List for December 2012 Members Workshop

As well as getting to see the bunting we sewed last year, this December 10th, June Parkinson will be leading a Members Workshopmaking Sumptuous Mini Cushions, which sounds like great fun.

June has asked people to bring:


  • A normal sewing kit
  • Good sharp scissors
  • Pencil & ruler
  • A few pieces of various fabrics between 4'' and 8''
  • Normal sewing thread (black and beige).

June will bring (individual for everyone) pattern, backing fabric, (back material for cushion]  and lots of pieces of suitable fabric.

Friday, 12 October 2012

How to use this Blog - Part 4: Commenting and Sharing

Hi all,

Today we're going to look at how you can leave comments on a post, and how to share interesting posts with your friends.

If you've seen a post that is interesting, we'd love for you to leave us a comment with your thoughts. To do this, click the word 'Comments' below the blog post. This will either say 'No Comments' or have a number of comments, depending on whether anyone else has replied:
Leave us a comment

Alternatively, if you'd like to share the post with a friend, either via email, Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus, just click the buttons below the post:
Share via social networks
If you are unsure which button to click, simply move the mouse cursor over the pictures, and a little box will pop up telling you what the button will do. Please feel free to share our posts with your friends!

And that's the end of our Blog How To Guide. I hope it has been helpful, if you want any help with any of these topics, please see Heather at a meeting.

In case you've missed any of the posts in this series, here are links to the first three:

Thanks!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

How to use this Blog - Part 3: Finding Specific Posts

Hello, and welcome back to the third installment in this guide to getting the most out of the Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild blog. Today we are going to take a look at how to find specific posts.

If you are reading the blog, and want to look at older posts, you can simply scroll to the bottom of a page, and click the 'Older Posts' link to go back through older blog posts:
Bottom of page

Alternatively, if you are searching for a specific thing, you can use the labels applied to each post to find the topic you are looking for. To find posts on a particular topic area, look for the 'Labels' section on the right hand side bar of the blog:
Using Labels to Navigate around the blog

This is a list of all the topics which we have written about. Click a label that interests you to see all posts on that topic.

This may be particularly useful if you're looking for something like a requirements list or the current stitch of the month, as these items will always have labels applied.

We also have some links at the top of the blog to frequently visited pages; our Welcome message, directions, the programme, and the main guild website. To view these, simply click the links at the top of the side bar:
Find Out More

That's it for this post about navigating around the blog. Tomorrow's post will be Part 4: commenting and sharing posts.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

How to use this Blog - Part 2: The Update Emails

Hello! The next installment in our guide to getting the most out of this blog covers the update emails. If you've already subscribed to receive updates, then you will receive an email that looks like this when a post is made:
Sample Email

You can either read the blog post in your email inbox, or click the title of the post ('Then, Now and Yet To Be' in the above example) to take you to the blog, where you can view the latest post and look through older articles.

You may find that the pictures are not showing up in the email. If so, and you want to view pictures, you need to look for a link that says something like 'Display Images', and click it.
Display Images

If you always want to view images in blog emails, there may be an option that says 'Always display images...' Selecting that option will ensure that images from the blog are not blocked in future.

Finally, while we hope that you find the blog interesting and informative, there may come a time when you want to stop receiving update emails. To do this, find any update email, scroll to the bottom, and click the 'unsubscribe now' link:
Unsubscribe
You may need to confirm that you wish to unsubscribe. If you select the link by mistake, don't worry, just go back to the blog and follow the sign up process again.

That's all for the latest installment in helping you get the most out of the blog. Coming up tomorrow is Part 3: Finding Specific Posts

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How to use this blog - Part 1: Staying Up to Date

I've had some suggestions that a guide might be helpful for getting the most out of the guild's blog, so I have put together a few posts, which I hope will prove useful:

How to stay up to date with blog posts
If you want to know whenever a post is made on the blog, the easiest thing to do is to subscribe by email. If you enter your email address, then whenever the blog is updated, you'll receive an email displaying the latest blog post. Alternatively you can click the link to go and view the rest of the blog.

To do this, simply look for the 'Follow By Email' section, over on the right sidebar of the blog.
Subscribe By Email

You will be taken to a screen that looks like this:
Captcha

You need to verify that you are a human! To do this, type the scrambled letters in red into the box at the bottom of the screen, then press the 'Complete Subscription Request' button. If you struggle to read the word, click the Wheelchair button, and an audio file will play instead.

Once you've done this, the blog will send you an email, asking you to confirm that you want to receive updates. This is to prevent other people signing up on your behalf:
Inbox

Click the link in the email to confirm that you want to receive updates:
Confirmation Email

Alternatively, if you already use an RSS reader, like Google Reader, clicking on the 'Subscribe To... Posts' button will allow you to grab the feed address to paste into your reader:

RSS

If you don't know what RSS readers are, don't worry - just subscribe by email to stay in touch.

If you need a hand with any of this, simply see Heather at a meeting. Thanks!

Coming next - Part 2: The Update Emails

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Simple Shapes, Simple Stitches, Experiments with Pattern Requirements List

On November 24th we will be welcoming Steph Redfern to Birmingham Embroiderers Guild to lead a day school entitled Simple Shapes, Simple Stitches, Experiments with Pattern. Steph is a very talented embroiderer and textile artist, and you can see more of her work on her blog. We will be doing lots of hand stitching, and Steph has asked us to bring along the following items:


  • Personal visual reference in the form of photographs or books, relevant to the course. For this course simple bold images to use as pattern or simple images would be ideal.
  • Fabrics, for instance plain and patterned fabrics, felt, metallic and sheer fabrics. Papers and mixed media if wanted.
  • Threads, needles, sharp scissors [suitable for fabric cutting], beads and any other interesting materials that could be used forembellishment.
  • Pencils and paper, tracing paper, a glue stick, paper scissors.
  • Bondaweb

  • If wanted - inks, acrylic paints and brushes/sponges/palette/print blocks for fabric painting. Although fabric painting is not part of the course these items may be useful to customise fabric for your project.


The day looks set to be a very interesting one. If you would like to book a place, please see Margaret Richards at a meeting, or email birmnghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

October Meeting: AGM and Stephanie Redfern

Hi All,

Just a little reminder that our October session is this Monday, the 8th of October. It is the branch AGM, so will be a chance to elect new committee members, and find out more about the running of your local branch.

As well as the AGM, Stephanie Redfern is coming to speak to us about Simple Stitches, Themes and Threads, ahead of her dayschool next month. She's a very talented artist and embroiderer,and it looks set to be a great evening. You can take a look at Steph's website here: http://www.sredtextiles.co.uk/

It is also time to renew Guild membership, would members please try to bring a completed membership form and their cheque book or cash - renewal fees are £39 for the year. If you don't have the membership form, you can download one from here.

As always, new members are very welcome to come along - details of the venue and times are here: http://birminghamembroiderersguild.blogspot.com/2011/05/meeting-venue.html

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Places Available on a Sheer Delights Workshop in Solihull

Anne from the Solihull Branch has asked me to let you know that there are places on a workshop that is being run by Genesis textile group.

The workshop is on the 27th October with Shirley Aldridge, entitled ‘Sheer Delights’. It involves mono printing and transfer printing on to sheer fabrics. These will then be used to layer with other fabrics to create textile pieces with stitched embellishments. Shirley is an excellent tutor, having taught C & G for many years and is a member of Textile Connections.


If you are interested in finding out more, please email birminghamembroiderersguild@blogspot.com and I will pass your enquiry on to Anne.


Thursday, 27 September 2012

Acrylic Wax for Image Transfers

Margaret has asked me to pass this tip from Annette on to you all about a way of finishing your image transfers. You can use Acrylic wax to Bring out the detail in your image and add a subtle shine. For my image taken from a boiler, the transfer was a bit unclear, and still looked papery, even though I had rubbed it as much as I felt able:

Acrylic wax on image transfers

The next photo is after the wax has been applied. It is noticeably clearer, and I think, when combined with a good quality transfer will really lift it. The acrylic wax I used is by Crafty Notions, and is available from Rainbow Silks, among others.
Acrylic wax on image transfers