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!




















Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April Meeting and Geroge Hook

A fasinating and amusing talk by George Hook all about the Mother of Pearl Button and Jewellery making in Birmingham. A number of members said that this was not the first time they had heard George speak but were still kept interested and amused.

George told us how he is MD of the Largest Mother of Pearl company in the West Midlands, he then tried to bring this down by saying he is the only employee at the only company in the West Midlands!

We heard about the history of the company as well as the history of the business bringing it right upto date.
We were privileged to be able to pass around many items that George described and they were interesting and beautiful in their various states.


George told us that we can visit for a factory tour for open days, if you are interested here is the link: motherofpearl There is no charge and the tour lasts 60 to 90 minutes. - Do book in advance.

We had a selection of work for Show and Tell including some items going on to the exhibition which starts next week at Artrix.





some more Teabags- don't forget to bring any more in in May.


We launched Stitch of the Quarter which is Fishbone and we are looking forward to seeing lots of lovely examples next month.

And another great raffle, this month it was green and thanks for buying your tickets from me!

It's back to Janette next month for the colour is Blue and our speaker is Michala Gyetvai, there is also still time to book Michalas' workshop so don't forget to see Margaret.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Artrix Exhibition and Drop in



Our exhibition is hung and ready for viewing from Wednesday.  Follow the link for details Artrix.




Birmingham Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild: Looking Back - Looking Forward
Do join us for a 'drop in' from 10am  until 1pm on Saturday and you can add to the leaf tree.
Everyone welcome.
The address is: ARTRIX 
SLIDESLOW DRIVE
BROMSGROVE

B60 1GN

Tea Bag project

Didn't we have a lovely time with the project back in February.


Remember there is still time to finish or even make more - Bernadette will be completing the hangings after the May meeting and sending them of to Cas magpieofthemind.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Rachel Faulkner - PopIN UK

Apologise to Rachel I was was too late to put put details of other workshops but there is still time for this one on Monday.
Batik Workshop - Monday 24th April 
By Julieth Ivanov
10:30 - 12pm /1 - 3:30pm

For more information contact pop up shop at 
Mobile: +447392234462
Or visit twitter page at 






these are Rachel's lovely felt brooches which some of you may have seen at the meeting last week.




There is still plenty of time to visit the pop up so if you are around the city do give it a try.

 Pop up fusion store in Oasis Square. 
The shop will be open till July. There will also be other artists selling work from Bournville college students and independent artists.
Exhibition will be at the same address on Thursday 11th May at 6pm

Saturday, 8 April 2017

April Meeting - George Hook - Mother of Pearl

This month we welcome George Hook from George Hook and Company to talk to us about the business that has been part of his family since 1824, sure to be an interesting experience. You may remember that prizes for 2016 regional day came from George's company. Do have a look at the web site george hook.


As with all meetings there will be Show and Share.  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.
Dont forget to bring along travelling books, or make arrangements fro someone to bring yours along if you can't make the meeting.

This months Raffle is green, so if you can please do bring a small contribution for the bag and as a one time only I will be selling the tickets, so if you don't know yet who produces this blurb, do come and tell me about my awful spelling and punctuation, I promise to take no notice at all!

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, 6 April 2017

Requirements lists - workshops May and June

Anne Haigh May 27 - Canvas Work:
You can use any colours you have in your stash to create your own colour scheme and I’ll also show you an easy way to add colour to white canvas.
You will need:
  • Sewing kit including tapestry needles – size 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 are good sizes, scissors etc.
  • Threads: e.g. stranded cotton, soft cotton, tapestry or crewel wool, perle threads, thicker metallic threads, funky threads etc. Choose a favourite colour scheme, any colour scheme will work. e.g. a rainbow, shades of a single colour, complementary colours, primary colours, monochrome.
  • Canvas if you have it - 10, 12 or 14 count will be best . A piece about 8 x 10inches (roughly A4) will be plenty but you can work smaller e.g. travelling book size – but allow space to hold the canvas while you work.
  • A hoop or frame and clamp/stand to hold it if you prefer to work with a frame. Siesta frames are good for canvas work and if you’re at the NEC on 16-19th March you will be able to find them you need two pairs of bars to make a square. E.g. 8” and 10” or smaller sets if you want to work on a smaller piece. You will need drawing pins to attach the canvas to the frame. (I have no affiliation to Siesta frames – but like them because they are cheap but good. 8x10 set is £3.50 according to their website.)
  • Coloured Pencils or felt tips, if you have them but not essential.
  • Masking tape to bind edge of canvas
  • Baking Parchment
  • If you have a stitch reference book e.g. The Stitch Bible then bring that but I aim to have handouts of the stitches for you to follow.
  • Notebook and pen if you want to take notes
I will bring with me some threads and canvas as well as materials for the design/colouring canvas. I would appreciate a contribution to the cost of these materials if you use any. Maximum will be £5.



 Mikala Gyetvai  Experimenting with threads and fibresJune 24:

A sewing kit
A sewing machine for free hand embroidery ( not essential if you prefer hand stitching)
A hand held embellisher tool and brush if you have one ( I have 10 of these available to use that I will bring)
A range of threads machine and hand 
loose merino wool and silk fibres if you have them  (I will bring a selection to use)
Pieces of wool fabric or blanket and calico
A small sketchbook with coloured pencils or crayons, anything you like using to make sketches

Images that inspire you, landscape, still life, figures, abstract...anything!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Michala Gyetvai at The Birmingham school of Jewellery

Michal is our May speaker and is running a workshop for us in June.  Michala will be at The Birmingham school of Jewellery, Vittoria Street Gallery, for a Meet the Maker event this Thursday 6th April, 5pm to 7pm.
There will be various makers from The Made in the Middle exhibition talking about their work including other textile artists.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Rachel Faulkner - PopIN UK


Our member Rachel Faulkner has been busy preparing pieces for a shop and exhibition that her college is involved in and has told us more about it, if you are in the area do drop in to the 'Pop Up'.

"It's showing work from my course 'Foundation degree for Contemporary Art Practice'. Both first year and second (I'm second year) will be selling and displaying work. There will be a range of different art forms on display from textiles, paintings to photography etc." 

Launch of shop: Thursday 6th April at 6pm at the Oasis Fashion store in town. Pop up fusion store. in Oasis Square. The shop will be open till July. There will also be other artists selling work from Bournville college students and independent artists.
Exhibition will be at the same address on Thursday 11th May at 6pm
 
 
PopIN UK
2 Priory Square
The Square Shopping Centre
Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7LG
United Kingdom
Mobile: +447392234462



Shop open now with independent artists and designers.
Launch Party for Pop Up Shop for Foundation degree students
  Thursday 6th April 6 - 7pm

Afterwards open normal time 10-5pm until end of July
Thursday 6th April 10-5pm until end of July
There will be photography, textiles, fine art items etc. for sale 
There will be workshops on photography, Printmaking, Painting effects for Interior design and Batik:
(Cost for workshops and more info to follow).


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Library Saturday April 1

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. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Branch Exhibition at Artrix 26th April to 21st May
Celebrating 40 years as a branch “Looking Forward Looking Back”

What we want to include.
We would like as many members as possible to get involved in this opportunity so please think about submitting one or more exhibits. The exhibition will showcase work inspired by branch membership. We are looking for pieces across our 40 years, including of course more recent work. There is no need to make something especially therefore. Many of us have existing beautiful pieces. We thought that we would also show our Capability Brown pieces, so please let us have those if possible. This also gives us the opportunity to show the YE piece that was part of our exhibition at Charlecote and much admired. Brand new pieces are of course also welcome and the theme of Fading Beauty will be included as one section and a potential inspiration.
The exhibition space
There is lots of wall hanging space at the venue so we can accommodate large as well as small pieces. There will be some display space for standing items as well, in cabinets, although less of this.
Insurance and selling items
We are insured by the Guild for up to £25,000 in total so we will need you to give us an insurance value for your work. It is also possible to sell your items through the venue. If you want to do so you will need to let us know the price you are asking. The venue will take a commission of 20%.
Submitting pieces
Pieces must be submitted by our meeting on 10th April. Please do submit more than one piece, and remembering the title, these can be older pieces just say on your information sheet  approximately when it was created.

If we do have more pieces than space then the organising committee will make selections so it is possible that not all work will be displayed.

They must have your name on the back and be carefully packaged with your name on the packaging as well, so that we can keep them safe when we return them. Also please keep a photograph of your work, if name should become detached you may need to identify a piece.

Please make sure that the packages are easy to open and re pack - don't use rolls of sticky tape or tight string as the work will need to be opened and repacked both for planning the display and for hanging.

We are asking you include an information sheet (attached) with your name, the title of the piece and brief details about the inspiration for the work and the methods you used. This information will be used on cards for each piece of work and on laminated information packs that visitors can refer to as they look around. 
Stitching sessions at the Venue
We plan to have drop in stitching sessions on Saturday 29th April and Saturday 13th May when we will hopefully add more leaves to the Library tree. Please put those dates in your diary and join us if you can.
Tell your friends
Please help us spread the word we will have something that you can share with others by the next branch meeting. Artix is open for visitors 10 till 4 Monday to Saturday.




The attachments for your work

Information Sheet to Accompany Each Piece Sent for Exhibition


Your Name


Title of the Work


Estimated Value


Sale Price if Relevant (If not please mark NFS)


Some information about the piece including the date completed, your inspiration, and the methods you used. Any links to specific branch related activities should be included.




















Saturday, 11 March 2017

March Meeting - Practical Activity

Those of you that attended the Regional Day last year may recall Cas Holmes talking about          Tea-Flora-Tales and on Monday we are  joining in with this interesting project.


The project makes use of the Tea Bag Papers that we often pick up in hotels etc. so if you have any or come across some please do bring along in March as well as your sewing kit and any small pieces of floral fabric,lace, buttons, ribbons or motifs keeping to a floral theme for decorating your piece. Remember the finished work will only be the size of a small postcard.

If you don't have any don't worry there will be lots to share on the night.
To see more about the project follow the link magpieofthemind



You don't need the tea bag only the wrappers




As with all meetings there will be Show and Share don’t forget Stitch of the Quarter is chain stitch.  Also there is a chance to borrow (for a very small fee) from the DVD and Stamp library.


We have had a vary generous donation for the sales table from  Shelia Yates, through her daughter Lorinda so you are sure to something irresistible.

There is also the chance to sign up for upcoming Day Schools with Margaret if you fancy attending a day:  June 24th is Textile Art with Mikala Gyetvai. 

Hopefully everyone who had signed up will have already been told that Nicola Jarvis has let us down so the March work shop is cancelled. Our apologies, to make up for this we have a booking instead at Cotteridge on 27th May when 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 March meeting.

25th November is a workshop with Richard Box who was so entertaining and interesting at the last meeting.

This is our second swap of Travelling Books let Meriel know if there are any problems.
This months Raffle is yellow so if you can please do bring a small contribution for the bag and don't forget to see Janette for your tickets.

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! 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A festival and workshops to consider visiting in April and May 2017 in Stroud, Gloucs.



Lots of familiar names are exhibiting and doing workshops - see below.

Select Festival, Stroud, Gloucestershire, presented by 
SIT select.
29th April – 28th May 2017
Textile Study Group DIS/rupt exhibition 
Museum in the Park, Stroud     1st – 21st  May
Lansdown Hall Gallery, Stroud  3rd - 21st May 
Official Opening Friday 5 May.

There will be a lively programme of half day, full day and two day 
workshops and gallery events during the festival, with tutors –
Bobby Britnell, Sarah Burgess, Alice Fox, Ruth Issett, Alison King, 
Sian Martin, Dorothy Tucker, & Julia Triston
Symposium, DIS/rupting Tradition – New Textile Languages Saturday 6th May. 
A fascinating and thought-provoking day with speakers June Hill,
Alice Kettle, Dr Melanie Miller and Michelle Stephens

For full Select Festival programme, booking and further information go to:
www.sitselect.org
www.textilestudygroup.co.uk

www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Library Saturday March 4

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.