Monday, 11 September 2017

September Meeting is Monday 11th

The last blog post about the September meeting has the wrong date. 

It is tonight, Monday 11th September at the usual time of 7pm in Cotteridge. 

Any problems please contact one of the committee. Phone numbers are on the programme card. 


Friday, 8 September 2017

September meeting Tuesday 12 September


Tonight we have a guest speaker Maria Thomas talking about 'My Journey through Stitch' - Maria is running a Day School for us in March so it will be a good chance to find out more about her.

Did you complete your landscape from the summer party, do bring it along to Show and Share, it will be a great chance to see the different finished items, you can bring along any other project so if you have been especially busy stitching through the summer lets all share.

Travelling Books is relaunched in October, there are still a couple of spaces so see Meriel if you want to join in.

The raffle tonight is purple - please do see Janette for tickets and if you can bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.  Also remember to sign up to create a bag, if you haven't had a chance yet it is great to be involved and if you have then do have another go, there are lots of colours to get through.

The raffle in October will still be BRONZE, the change to black/white will be 2018 - sorry for any confusion.

Membership Renewal:

If you haven't already renewed don't forget payment is needed by 15 September to guarentee  the £2 saving. 


Forms were attached to the email sent to all members:

The Guild have put the HQ membership up to £35 this year but if you pay your membership before 30th September you’ll only have to pay £33 for the main membership (same as last year). 

Both the Branch fee and the Regional fee are staying the same as last year so paying in September means you’d face no increase if you’re with Birmingham’s branch. 

The total fee to join before 30/09/2017 is £47 which can be paid at the September meeting on 11/09/2017 or by post/bank transfer to Anne by 15/09/2017 to give  time to process it all and pay HQ. 

After this it is £49. The branch will not be able to offer the discount once the HQ offer has ended

Anne needs membership forms completed including the gift aid section if you pay tax and are happy for us to gift aid your fee.  It is much easier to complete the HMRC forms if the membership form is fully completed by you. 

Anne will have spare copies of the form at September’s meeting and if you pay by cheque at the meeting or bank transfer by 15/09/2017 you will get the early bird discount. Obviously you can pay before then  if you are away in September.  

We can’t guarantee being able to process renewals and payments after 15/09/2017 in time to get the details to HQ for the early bird discount so please pay by this date to get the discount.


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!




Thursday, 31 August 2017

Library Saturday 2 September

We will be 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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in, there will be a chance to add a butterfly to our beautiful Butterfly Garden. 

Important information if you are travelling by bus:


If you come by bus to Broad Street please be aware that the bus is not stopping by the library, you need to get off the stop BEFORE Symphony hall. Check your bus on the journeyplanner  website.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Early Bird Membership 2017 fees


Don't forget if you want to take advantage of the £2 saving you need to renew at or before the September meeting. 


Forms were attached to the email sent to all members:

The Guild have put the HQ membership up to £35 this year but if you pay your membership before 30th September you’ll only have to pay £33 for the main membership (same as last year). 

Both the Branch fee and the Regional fee are staying the same as last year so paying in September means you’d face no increase if you’re with Birmingham’s branch. 

The total fee to join before 30/09/2017 is £47 which can be paid at the September meeting on 11/09/2017 or by post/bank transfer to Anne by 15/09/2017 to give  time to process it all and pay HQ. 

After this it is £49. The branch will not be able to offer the discount once the HQ offer has ended

Anne needs membership forms completed including the gift aid section if you pay tax and are happy for us to gift aid your fee.  It is much easier to complete the HMRC forms if the membership form is fully completed by you. 

Anne will have spare copies of the form at September’s meeting and if you pay by cheque at the meeting or bank transfer by 15/09/2017 you will get the early bird discount. Obviously you can pay before then  if you are away in September.  

We can’t guarantee being able to process renewals and payments after 15/09/2017 in time to get the details to HQ for the early bird discount so please pay by this date to get the discount

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

National Stitch Day -Butterfly Garden.

Butterfly Garden.
We had a lovely time stitching  butterflies at The Library of Birmingham. 16 members and 2 visitors stitched felt butterflies for a flower garden.
When one of our members, Sheila Yates, died, the branch got some pieces made by her and by Lily Waldron. Lily was a founder member of the branch and very active until she died a few years ago.
Among the things that we got from Sheila, was a large assortment of machine embroidered flowers that Lily had made.
Margaret Richards made these into a garden hanging to put our butterflies on.
Everyone did their own thing with the butterflies and they all look great on the garden hanging.
There is lots more scope to add more butterflies so if you want to contribute then please do, there will be butterflies available at the next meeting and at future library days.










Thursday, 3 August 2017

Library Saturday August 5 National Stitch Day

It's National Stitch day and  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). 

Remember our leaves decorating the tree last year;
2016Stitch day 

For 2017 our theme is butterflies so do come along and decorate a butterfly for our amazing Butterfly Garden.




People of all ages and skills are welcome to join us, add a butterfly to the garden and find out more about the activities of the Birmingham Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild.

We will have everything you need but you if you can do bring your sewing kit along.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Summer Party Monday 10 July lots to do......


For our summer party there will be cake so skip pudding and bring an appetite! 

To go along with cake and the other items there is a stitching activity from June Parkinson.  Do bring along your sewing kit, an old CD and a piece of fabric suitable for a landscapes background, we will have spares if you don't have anything suitable.

Remember to bring your competition entries for 'Out of the Box' - we can all cast our votes using a coin of any value, the voting will be at a mid point in the evening.

This will be the night for signing up for the next round of travelling books ready to start in the Autumn, Meriel will have the list do have a go even if you haven't before and if your not sure chat to other members who have given it a go, they will tell you how much fun it is.

There will be instruction for the new 'stitch of the quarter' you can always incorporate this into travelling books or just an excuse for bringing something along to show and share at a future meeting.

There is not a sales table this month but if you didn't manage to get along to Cocomad there will be a chance to pick up some left over items.

This year’s Regional AGM is on 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017 at the Stafford Beacon Centre Stafford ST18 OGB. Doors open 9am A.G.M. 10am Regional day begins 11am Tea and cake 3.30pmHanny Newton is the speaker and the cost is £23 with Lunch £18 without. We are organising lift sharing. As you know the date for booking through the branch has passed but you can turn up on the day. Let Clare know if you want a lift or can offer one.

Westhope balance payment is needed by tonight please if there is a problem for anyone have a word with Anne Haigh.

The new programme will be available and you can get in early with a chance to book day schools - see Margaret to sign up.

The raffle tonight is pink - please do see Janette for tickets and if you can bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.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!








Thursday, 29 June 2017

Saturday 1 July busy day....

Don't forget Cocomad from 12 noon, unless you are on the rota to help set up when you need to go earlier.  Cocomad is a great local event for us to support and we hope to see lots of you there to help or just to say hello.

Here is the link to find out more Cocomad 2017

We will also be 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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in. 


Monday, 19 June 2017

workshop Saturday June 24


We have heard from the caretaker at Cotteridge:
Just to let you know that we have been given notification that National Grid intend to complete the gas works in connection with the bungalow refurbishments on the weekend of 24th - 25th June. Most of the work will actually take place in the road outside the main entrance, but we have no way of knowing (despite many enquiries) whether access to the carpark will be restricted, until the men are on site. We expect that pedestrian access would remain possible through the side gate in any case.
I thought it best to warn you that parking might be a problem for your group on Saturday 24th, although last time when they did work all the way up the entrance car parking was not impeded.

I will update if we hear any more

Thursday, 8 June 2017

June Meeting Travelling books, Stitch for CoCoMad and more.....

This is the last month on the current round of Travelling Books. Bring in your books to swap back to the the 'owner' and to get yours back. If you already have your own book please bring it in tonight for us all to see. If you cant make it on Monday please contact someone else on you r list to arrange a hand over.

Sign up for the next round of Travelling Books will be in July.

We are having a stitch evening to make some goodies for CoCoMad. Items will be cut out ready for you to embellish, please bring your  basic sewing kit there will be lots of embellishments available but do bring  anything you want to use as from your stash (sequins, beads bits of lace etc.). 

Start to get ready for the Summer competition, in honour of our speaker from February the Theme is 'Out of the Box'  let your imagination run wild on that one!

If you are going to Regional Day its time to pay £18 plus £5 if you want the optional lunch.  Clare is collecting the money, please pay by cheque or bank transfer as we do have to pay to bank cash.
The raffle tonight is turquoise please do see Janette for tickets and if you can bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.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!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

June 3 at the Library of Birmingham


We will be 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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in. 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Canvas Work Day School

On Saturday we had an excellent day led by our own Anne Haigh.

Anne patiently explained the art and demonstrated a variety of stitches for us to practice and create our own bar codes designs. We could see how we can develop our newly learned skills – it's not just about cross stitch!  
Demonstrating



Anne's exhibition piece



Lots of concentration





















Lots for Show and Tell

Friday, 19 May 2017

Artrix - Last Chance

Don't forget it is your last chance to see the exhibition- it finishes on 21 May so do try to pop in if you haven't already seen the exhibition. 


The address is: ARTRIX 
SLIDESLOW DRIVE
BROMSGROVE

B60 1GN

Rachel Faulkner - Exhibition ***CANCELLED***

Rachel has let us know that the exhibition has finished early.

Sorry if you were planning a trip, Rachel hopes to be able to bring her piece along to a future meeting for us to see.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

We inspire poetry!

This is a poem someone wrote for us at Artrix having been inspired by our exhibition.

It was a complete surprise when the poet gave it to us at our open morning.

Reproduced as written.

embroidered into our lives
are the fractals of our mind
weaving consciousness into reality
and borders crossed
a reason of thought makes it possible
the ether is the library that lends us
the fabric of matter;
to be given from light vibration and frequency 
caged but not bound
we are free but contained
only by the restraints of imagination
each thought is a picture


that exists somewhere
stitched together with love
sewn into the fabric
of space
time
and
energy.

Nick The Hat, musician and poet, 13/05/2017, 'Psychicbread'

Friday, 12 May 2017

Rachel Faulkner - Exhibition


More information about Rachel's college exhibition and don't forget the pop-up shop is still there.


A sneaky preview of Rachel's Exhibition piece

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Artrix drop in Saturday 13 May

We have another drop in day at Artrix this week.   Follow the link for details of Artrix.



Do join us  from 10am  until 1pm on Saturday and you can add to the leaf tree, a butterfly to the garden or bring your own work for coffee and a chat.
Everyone welcome.
The address is: ARTRIX 
SLIDESLOW DRIVE
BROMSGROVE

B60 1GN

Saturday, 6 May 2017

May Meeting and Michala Gyetvai

This month we welcome Michala Gyetvai do follow the link to see Michala's web site.

This is sure to wet appetites for the day school June 24.


As with all meetings there will be Show and Share - if you are stuck for inspiration why not try out stitch of the quarter which is Fishbone.

Also there is a chance to borrow (for a very small fee) from the DVD and Stamp library.


Why not sign up for upcoming Day Schools with Margaret. If you fancy attending a day: 

27th May Anne Haigh will lead a Canvas Work Day this will be at a reduced cost of around £15 as Anne is being very generous with her time. Requirements list will be at the meeting and is on this blog 
June 24th is 'Experimenting with threads and fibres' with Mikala Gyetvai. 
Requirements list will be at the meeting and is on this blog. 
25 November is a workshop with Richard Box who was so entertaining and interesting at the February meeting.
Don't forget to bring along travelling books, or make arrangements for someone to bring yours along if you can't make the meeting.

Artrix
Can you help pick up the exhibition pieces on Monday May 22nd, we are looking for a couple of people who can drive to Artix and help Janet Lee with packing up, the work will have been removed from the wall for us.  Please see Janet for details.

If you haven't been along yet do take the opportunity to see your own wrok and that of other members.


This months Raffle is blue-  so if you can please do bring a small contribution for the bag and see Janette for a ticket.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

May 6 at the Library of Birmingham

We will be 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 fabric and threads available if you want to join in. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Artrix Exhibition and Drop in

We had a fun 'drop in on Saturday and will be back again on Saturday 13 May for more.

You can go along at anytime to see the exhibition (and go to the cafe for refreshment) follow the link for details of Artrix opening times.

It's great to see the work hung for viewing, the photographs really don't do it justice, and you realise what a talented bunch of people are in our branch!