Monday, 29 June 2015

Regional Day

Thanks to Leamington for a great Regional Day, our final regional day before we host the 2016 event.

Our speakers were both interesting and entertaining, in the morning we heard from Professor Giorgio Riello from Warwick University.  He told of his his day working on the Sewing Bee with Claudia Winkleman, as a none TV owner he knew little about the show or Claudia but greatly enjoyed the day spent recording. Giorgio has written a book 'Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World'. This was a fascinating journey through the history of how cotton came, relatively recently to Europe and it's impact on our dress as well household use and as a decorative fabric.

The afternoon Madeira Lecture was from Nicola Jarvis from the Royal School of Needlework.  Nicola explained the process of Goldwork, techniques and materials used.  We saw fabulous pictures of Goldwork designs from the past and present both in fashion and ecclesiastical garments.  The two speakers bought the history and modern day together.

Young Embroiderers' competition entries


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Leamington's Travelling Book
 Still looking for inspiration for our Summer Competition?
Some Folio Pictures on loan from the Guild collection 







 Bernadette inviting members to 2016 Regional Day in Birmingham

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Tantalising Textile Tag Books with Angie Hughes


Angie Hughes led us through the process of creating our lovely tag books.  The day was relaxed and fun and the results were as varied and lovely as the day spent creating them. Lots of new techniques and rediscovering others.

Thanks Angie for a great day.

Angie demonstrating





Hard at work!












Our finished (and almost finished) work















 Angie's lovely finished examples

And it's time to clear up.................

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Competition Time

Don't forget to get your competition entry ready for the July meeting.

The title is 'Inspired by the Folios' but please do interpret  this as widely as you choose.



 Here's a bit of a reminder of what we saw last September:-








If you haven't entered before or for a long time it is a great chance to show your work to fellow members. The theme can be interpreted as widely as you like and knowing our members this will bring in a very wide range of work.

It might be a piece you have had tucked away for years or an item you have created especially for this competition. Any work is accepted, a long as it has some stitching - hand or machine; it can be a framed picture or a 3D extravaganza, a cushion or a bag.   

Voting is simple - dishes will be provided and a coin of any value counts as one vote (and swells our funds). Members can vote as many times as they wish and the entry with the most coins is announced during the meeting and the cup is handed over.


A few more pictures from Leamington Regional Day Folios:





Thursday, 25 June 2015

CoCo Mad 4 July

We are nearly ready for CoCo Mad but there is still chance for you to be involved.

Come along on the day and you can join in the fun for as long as you wish or just come by to say hi.

If you have items to donate for sale please do bring them to Cotteridge park and see the stand or email  birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com and we will see if we can arrange to pick items up from you.

We have lovely raffle prizes as well as items for sale
Raffle Prizes

Items for sale


We have a lucky dip for children and adults which includes hand made items as well as some fun things.  There are wonderful items made by members including cards, cushions and a scotty dog!
Kits of  'pictures to stitch', canvas work cards and friendship bracelets to buy. We also have 'Sew Lucky Bags' intrigued - come and see!

There are also activities for all ages and it's great for members to join in the 'showing how'.




Friday, 19 June 2015

An exhibiton of art textiles designed and made by students of Edwina Mackinnon and Ineke Berlyn




Open Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. £3 to include tea/coffee and cake. An exhibiton of art textiles designed and made by students of Edwina Mackinnon and Ineke Berlyn. The work displays all aspects of the process involved from sketchbooks, dyed and printed textiles to the completed item.


For more details of Avoncroft and how to get there follow the link avoncroft

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

June meeting

At our June meeting we had a lovely reminder of playing with grandma's button box.  Our speaker Jenny told us of her 40 year obsession of collecting buttons.  This was combined with a social history lesson taking us back to the Bronze Age jet buttons that have been found and which are now in the British Museum.

We journeyed through the ages seeing changing fashions in dress and how buttons influenced and were influenced by fashion. We came via Matthew Boulton up to the present day hearing about the buttons on the uniforms at Prince William's wedding to Katherine Middleton.





A selection of  Jenny's buttons



Thanks to Jenny for a fascinating talk.

The raffle this month was Turquoise. Thanks to all who contributed.