Thursday, 29 May 2014

Come stitch with us next Saturday

It's that time again! We'll be back at the Library on Saturday 7th of June for our fun, free social sewing session, everybody is welcome. See here for details.

Edited To change the date - Heather



Sunday, 18 May 2014

May meeting - doodled leaves and more.......

What a busy meeting we had in May, Bernadette had loads to tell us helped along by Heather, Anne and Claire. Then everyone set about the task of leaf making and nobody wanted to go home!

Just to remind you of some main points:

  • Check out the National Website, any problems ask Claire  

  • Cocomad Saturday 5th July Cotteridge Park 'Festival of the Forest'

  • We have a rota for helpers on the day lots of people signed up but there will be room for everyone on the day - we will need help selling and stitching with visitors.
  • We are going to have a bit of a Christmas element to some of the things we are selling so we are asking members to make a Christmas card or Christmas Coasters/decorations.   We are not asking for cards generally as we have quite a few left from last time.
  • We also want individual small items to sell, perhaps a framed picture, even better if it on the event theme but not essential. You can donate the leaf from today's meeting which fits in nicely with the Festival of the Forest theme, Just bring them along to the June meeting cards will be provided.

N.B. We aim to sell things for £5 or less so please do not give anything you are not happy at being sold at this price.

Any questions please ask Bernadette, Angela, Jayne or Merial.

  • Regional Day tickets were handed out check with Clare if you didn't get yours

  • Our July meeting will be the Summer Party, we will have some guests from the Avoncroft Young embroiderers and all will get a gift. Members Tickets will be available next month.

  • If anyone has a stitched name badge remember to wear it , those of us who don't - get busy!

  • we agreed the committee is to purchase a set of Colouricious DVDs which will be available for members use

  • We are looking at purchasing work lights, can you spot any in the pictures (sorry no prizes) 

  • Heather had the lovely idea of as all going down the aisle with her on her weeding day, in the form of a felt flower for her bouquet - lots of people signed up to help.

  • Clare produced a list for the Tolkein project, if you chose something please let Clare know so she can keep her list up to date

And here are lots of photos of people hard at work on doodled leafs as well as some show and tell: 








Guess who won the Blue Bag; a Margaret Richards original

designing for a leaf doodle



Spot the new Regional banner




From show and tell Betty's Four Seasons cushions and her sketch book 

Anne's delightful bag

And a Sun flower to shine on us also by Anne Watts


See you all in June for our Ecclesiastical Embroidery speaker Felicity Howatson and an Indigo raffle prize. 

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Stitch Retreats


Stitch. Relax. Create.

Residential textile courses.
3rd-5th October 2014, Wyboston Lakes Hotel near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire with:
  • Anne Kelly - "Birds"
  • Pauline Verrinder "Wire to Form"
  • Yvonne Brown "Textile Surfaces for Cutwork"
5th-7th December 2014 at Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham, Lincolnshire with:
  • Ineke Berlyn "Print and Stitch"
  • Angie Hughes "Black Velvet Extravaganza"
  • Mandy Puttullo "Enchanted Forest Textile Collage"

23rd-25th January 2015, Wyboston Lakes Hotel nr St. Neots, Cambridgeshire with:
  •  Janet Clare "Beauties Wall Hanging"
  • Hilary Beattie "From Gelli to Canvas"
  • Alexandra Waylett "Pebble Fabric Clutch Bag¨
For more information and to book a place on these workshops please visit my website at www.stitchretreats.co.uk - Nichola Keeble.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Members Meeting 12 May and Cocomad

Hi

Don't forget we are going to be hand sewing doodled leaf motifs this month

We will provide plain fabric to stitch on. Please bring with you:
  • Your usual sewing kit and some embroidery threads and perhaps some beads that would go together.
  • If you can also bring a small hoop and an erasable pen or a pencil
  • Finally please bring an A5 piece of backing - Vilene or felt
There will also be lots of talk about Cocomad so just to remind you;

Cocomad Saturday 5th July Cotteridge Park 'Festival of the Forest'

We will be having a stall on the day and would like to ask for help if you can as follows:
  • We will have a rota for helpers on the day please sign up if you are able - we will need help selling and stitching with visitors.
  • We are going to have a bit of a Christmas element to some of the things we are selling so we are asking members to make a Christmas card or Christmas Coasters/decorations. If you can help, we have blank cards or coasters and frames - they will be available at the next branch meeting.  We are not asking for cards generally as we have quite a few left from last time.
  • We also want individual small items to sell, perhaps a framed picture, even better if it on the event theme but not essential. 

N.B. We aim to sell things for £5 or less so please do not give anything you are not happy at being sold at this price.

Any questions please ask Bernadette, Angela, Jayne or Merial.
Thanks

The colour for this month's raffle bag is blue - please try to bring a little something along to the branch meeting on the night.


If you have not been to a branch meeting before, visitors can come down for a free first session. We meet at the Friends Meeting House on Watford Road in Cotteridge at 7 for 7.30 PM. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

May at the Library

There were 20 of us at the library this month. 11 current members of the branch and 9 visitors. We had our first male visitor, Stuart, who was working on Japanese patchwork from the book 'Omiyage' by Kumiko Sudo. Stuart plans to come to the May branch meeting.


Elizabeth stitched applique flowers onto on a quilted cushion
cover for her cat!  We can also see Bron's goldwork from a kit
she bought when she attended a Carol Holmes workshop at
Uttoxeter last week
Bron and Megan, grandmother and granddaughter, from Telford, came along again and are making it a regular feature in their diary. Megan stitched a letter M and was also working on felt Bunnies. Bron is planning to join Telford branch of the Embroiderers' Guild. 
Megan with a felt bunny



























 Anne H talked about framing needlepoint with Jeannette and got her started on cross stitch. 
Anne has had an operation on her hand but it doesn't stop her stitching she was working a cross stitch of the Alhambra.





















Sue from Stoke plans to join us every month. She brought a gift of Aida for our library materials bag. She started canvas work with the help of Angela. Jenny also joined us again. She was making bunnies out of felt.

A variety of needle crafts were going on. Marie crocheted and Anne W taught another visitor to knit and stitched her own traditional patchwork. Siobhan was doing Mountmellick embroidery, Emma stitched on a cartoon character and her mom was starting a 14 count canvas picture. Clare was making a version of Goldwork poplar trees but ever the rebel they were in silver.

Lizzie came with her little boy who played happily whilst mom stitched. 


We are now a fixture in the library calendar and the group is very informal and friendly. come along to stitch or do other needle-crafts. Bring a project you want advice about - someone will always be happy to give informal guidance. Join us to learn to stitch or learn a technique, come along to share your knowledge or just for a social stitch.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Quilt and Stitch Viliage 2014

The Uttoxeter show was a lovely event with many interesting exhibits, workshops and competitions as well as plenty of chances to shop!

Two members came away with rosettes at the Uttoxeter Quilt and Stitch village
In the  ‘Lest We Forget’ category Anne Anne Watts had a 2nd place


Margaret Richards had  3rd place for 2 pieces of work


Anne also had a 2nd for this Autumnal piece

I was able to try my hand at Louise Claire's foiling workshop www.louiseclaire.co.uk where I was able to try foiling a variety of different bits and bobs :

Bron who is one of our library friends did a Goldwork workshop with Carol Holmes and was working on her kit on Saturday.
Eclectica group including Anne Watts, Marion Plumb and June Parkinson were exhibiting: 
Look at the blog entry for details of Eclectica exhibiting at Forgemill


If you want to see more try the web site quiltandstitchvillage and you can link into the face book page BritishQuiltAndStitchVillage

Friday, 2 May 2014

Eclectica exhibition at Forge Mill

 A chance to see work by the Eclectica group which includes branch members Marion Plumb, June Parkinson and Anne Watts. Follow the link for directions and more about Forge Mill



STRUCTURE

A new body of work by Eclectica Textile Group 
inspired by structural forms in the natural world 
and the man made environment

9 May – 8 June 2014

at
Forge Mill Needle Museum
Needle Mill Lane
Riverside, Redditch B98 9HY

Opening hours
 Monday-Friday 11.00-4.30
Saturday and Sunday 11.00-4.00



Thursday, 1 May 2014

Come Stitch With Us on Saturday

It's that time again! We'll be back at the Library on Saturday for our fun, free social sewing session, everybody is welcome. See here for details.