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.