Friday, 17 November 2017

November Meeting

Decorative and Useful 


Many thanks must go to Gill Gregory for such an entertaining and informative glimpse into the world of retail with her fascinating talk about her shop, Craft N Sew On. 

There was clearly a lot of love in the room for Gill as so many Guild members were former customers of her shop on the Pershore Road in Stirchley.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could still  pop in there for all our embroidery shopping? 

But now that we've had such a fascinating insight into the ups and (often hilarious) downs of owning an embroidery shop, there must be someone out there who wants to start one of their own? 


Ruby Squares

Don't forget to pick up your canvas and get busy creating a ruby square for our 40th anniversary display. If you haven't yet collected a canvas they'll still be available at our December meeting. 
 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

November Meeting Monday 13th welcoming the Decorative not Useful - Gill Gregory

Tonight we will hear from our own Gill Gregory who will be talking about her experiences working with the Decorative not Useful.

This is bound to be fascinating  and great preparation for the December competition 'using decorative needlework requirements'

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

Do see Margaret and ask about upcoming workshops, Richard Box is a sell out so don't risk missing the next day school with Maria Thomas on March 24.  At only £25 to members they are great value and are always fun filled days.  If you haven't been to a day school before why not put your toe in the water, they are accessible for all levels of ability and it's a good chance to get to know fellow members.

Also tonight we will be giving you all the opportunity to sign up for the Great Tea Rota please see Lorna on your way in for this fabulous opportunity to show off your baking and tea making skills.

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!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Ruby anniversary & Ruby Squares

We are celebrating forty years as a branch next year and to mark this event we are all producing Ruby Squares.  The canvas squares are being provided so if you haven't already please pick one up at the next meeting.

The squares are all 6x6 inches, the rest is up to you!

To attach the finished piece to the frame consider working on fabric 10x10 inches, if you are not sure how to attach the finished piece to the frame make sure you leave at least a 2" border and bring the finished work to a meeting, help will be at hand.

The suggested DMC threads are 814-817, but this is only a guide please use whatever you threads and resources you wish.

Here a couple of examples, (sorry the colours don't show too well due to the lighting and camera but you get the idea!)



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Library Saturday 4 November

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).  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. 

Friday, 20 October 2017

Richard Box Requirement list



Don't forget to see Margaret at the November meeting to see if there are any last minute spaces for this workshop on November 25th.




Monday, 16 October 2017

October 2017 - AGM, Christmas cards and all that!!

Bernadette led us through the AGM, Officers and Committee members were confirmed.  The minutes will be available shortly.

Meriel led us through an exciting project for making Christmas cards, yes it is that time already.  Thanks Meriel for a great session.
















We were able to see a couple of Examples of Ruby Squares, now its over to you - to be as creative as you like.  Any members who did not pick up there canvass can collect one next month, you only have until February so lets get busy!

The fabulous Bronze raffle was won by Janet Lee and Jean Haynes - well done and thanks as ever to the creators of the bags and all of those who contributed.


We saw examples of finished work from Westhope, well done to Meriel Hutton and Anne Watts.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Electrica Exhibition

Three of our members Marion Plumb, Anne Watts and Angie Attwood are Exhibiting their work with Electrica at Solihull  Core Gallery.
For more details see Electrica


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

September meeting and Maria Thomas

A great opportunity to listen to Maria and see some splendid examples of her work.

Don't forget to signup for the dayschool 'Paper, Fabric and Found object Runner or Strip Quilt' with Maria  March 24 - do see Margaret at the next meeting.






Monday, 9 October 2017

Westhope 2017


Looking at this smiley line up I would say a good time was had by all.  Looking forward to seeing some fab work at show and share in the coming weeks!








Saturday, 7 October 2017

Monday 9 October Meeting and AGM, Christmas cards and sign up for Richard Box workshop

Busy night ahead and we will start the AGM 7.30 promptly.

We will have the chance to work on a Christmas card and have some great ideas to take away and produce many more for friends and family. The requirements were posted on Thursday, just scroll down or click on the 'requirements' on the right hand tab to go straight to it.





The raffle tonight is bronze- please do see Janette for tickets and if you can, bring along a contribution for the raffle which continues to be popular and fun.  Don't forget all of the bag contents are generously given by members and winners continue to have a great deal of enjoyment from the content .  

Tonight we will be looking for members to sign up to  create a bag for next  year, it is great to be involved and if you have previously then do have another go, there are lots of colours to get through.

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

Our members survey said 20 members out of 21 'loved' Richard Box, so what a great chance to sign up for Richard's day school on October 25.  Do see Margaret and ask about upcoming workshops - at only £25 they are great value and are always fun filled days.  If you haven't been to a day school before why not put your toe in the water, they are accessible for all levels of ability and it's a good chance to get to know fellow members.

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!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Results of Members Survey 2016/2017

Thanks for those of you who completed the survey recently.  We do take notice of the results and try to change things for you, it isn't always quick, you may be surprised to know that most speakers and workshops are booked a year or more in advance.
In the past we have changed  AGM format so that speakers are not there for the business, purchased a speaker system so that you can hear more clearly and tried to vary the day schools to give more people the opportunity to attend something of interest to them.
This years 2 top favourites were a 'Tale of 2 Members' (well done Marion and Heather) and Richard Box- both of these will  be returning.  A Tale of 2 members in 2018 will feature Clare Wilkins and Bev Archer. Richard Box is running a Day School for us 25 November – so get a move on and book soon.
Also there was lots of love for the Birmingham Ballet Costumes, Mother of Pearl Buttons with George Hook and Textile Art with Michala Gyetvai. 
Edwina McKinnon Dyeing and Anne's Canvas work Day Schools were also loved by most of those who attended.
Guild Folios was less popular, we are 'resting' this in 2017/18 and will look at the format, if anyone has suggestions on how this can be improved please see any of the committee as it is a privilege to take the opportunity to see pieces close up. 
You weren't so sure about Teabags, that was a one off and we won't be repeating it but some exciting new projects are coming along.  
The committee will also look at how we work with CoCoMad, this is a great fundraiser for us and does help to keep fees down and benefit members but does need all to be involved.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Saturday 7 October

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).  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. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Christmas Card project

Many of you will have seen some samples of the lovely cards we will have chance to make on Monday evening.






Here is a reminder of the requirements list:

CHRISTMAS CARD REQUIREMENTS LIST
CARD 1 – Hand sewing only


REQUIREMENTS: Sewing kit and scissors for cutting paper
Card blank (available from Meriel @ 20p)
Scrap paper/lightweight card (for backing) approx. 3’’ x 6’’
Small piece of dark blue fabric – light weight approx. 3’’ x 3’’
Scrap of white textured wallpaper or thick paper towel 2” x 3”
Glue stick
Scraps of white fabric, lace, net, silver and or other metallic thread
Silver star (Meriel will bring some)
Double-sided tape





CHRISTMAS CARD REQUIREMENTS LIST
CARD 2 – Machine or hand sewing (You do not need to bring your machine, these can easily be finished at home later.)


REQUIREMENTS: Sewing kit and scissors for cutting paper
Card blank (available from Meriel @ 20p)
Scrap paper/lightweight card (for backing) approx. 3’’ x 6’’
Blue paper approx. 3” x 6”
Piece of textured white wall paper or thick paper towel 4” x 3”
Glue stick
Metallic threads for sewing tree
Silver stars (will be available from Meriel)
Double-sided tape




CHRISTMAS CARD REQUIREMENTS LIST
CARD 3 – Machine sewing  
NB. The machine sewing is almost the last element and easily done at home
REQUIREMENTS: Card blank (available from Meriel @ 20p)
Scrap paper/lightweight card (for backing) approx. 3’’ x 6’’
Small piece of dark blue fabric – light weight approx. 3’’ x 3’’
Scrap of white, light blue or pale grey fabric for distant hills
Foreground fabric approx. 4” x 3”
Glue stick or small amount of hemming or Bonda web equivalent.
Thread & metallic fabric waste (eg gleanings from sewing-room floor!)
Fine netting in white/pale grey.
Silver machine thread to top stitich.
Silver stars (will be available from Meriel)
Double-sided tape.





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.