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!




















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.