Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Warwickshire Open Studios and Textileplus

Warwickshire Open Studios will be starting on Saturday 16th July and will be on until Sunday 1st July. There are 138 venues across the Warwickshire area with a variety of visual arts and crafts for you to view. For more information about venues and opening times go to www,warwickshireopenstudios.org 

Below are the details of TEXTILEPLUS who will be exhibiting some of their latest stitched textile pieces. I can highly recommend a visit to see their work. Its always inspiring and you are sure to receive a warm welcome. 


Sunday, 3 June 2018

2018 Update

The blog has been quiet in recent months, but that does't mean that Solihull Branch members have not been busy ! This is an important year for our Branch as not only are we celebrating 40 years of happy stitching, we are also hosting this year's Regional Day in September and will be having a Branch exhibition in October/November. So here is a quick "catch up" of what has been going on in recent months.

In  December 2017 we had an exhibition at the LNQ Christmas Makeit Fair. There was a display of members' work celebrating our 40th Ruby anniversary, with a variety of pieces produced over the last 40 years. We have also stitched over 40 Ruby Squares, which made a stunning backdrop for the exhibition.

We also set up the West Midlands E.G. stand with information about all the E.G. Branches throughout the West Midlands and provided a drop in workshop making Christmas decorations.

 This decoration was stitched by a lovely and talented young girl who was at the show with her parents - owners of the Romaisaa Craft Room Stall.

Carolyn Gayton hosted a Christmas themed Goldwork workshop for our members in November. Carolyn's workshops are always popular and the pieces produced this time were truly delightful.

In January 2018, we began our preparations for Regional Day 2018. We spent our January meetings making Ruby brooches which will be given out to those attending the Regional Day celebrations. Here is just a sneak preview of a few of the brooches.

In February we had a great talk from textile artist Jenny O'Leary who specialises in using batik methods in her textile work. She brought along a wonderful display of her work and gave a very interesting and informative talk and demonstation

In March our speaker was Marilyn Pipe who gave a very interesting talk about her textile journey and brought along a vast array of her work, including some fabulous bags made from paper!
March is also the month when the Embroidery, Fashion and Stitch Show comes to the NEC. This gave us a chance to display our Ruby Squares on the Embroiderers' Guild stand and a number of members also helped with the popular drop in workshops which we provide for any of the visitors to the show - a chance for a sit down, some social stitching and a chat about textiles ! Also on the stand was an amazing exhibition of The Page 17 project which was a nationwide exhibition of members' work . Some truly amazing pieces of work. Probably the best display of the whole show.

First, some pictures from Marilyn Pipe's talk:

Some pictures from the NEC show:

The drop in workshops were based upon heart designs, the Embroiderers' Guild theme for this year. A heart sampler or a hand felted key ring fob.

Our Ruby Squares were much admired

Some of the Page 17 Exhibition

In April, our speaker was Deborah O'Hare who talked us through some of her methods of creating her colourful art quilts. I couldn't resist purchasing her new book which had lots more information and projects inside.

 In May, our speaker was Heather Wilson, whose talk had everyone enchanted with her unusual creations and intricate art work. A very entertaining speaker.

Judith Rowley came to Solihull on the 12th may to lead a workshop entitled "Kantha, More Than Just Running Stitch". We spent a very relaxing and social day learning more about this stitching technique.

During May, we held a special Ruby Celebration dinner at a local hotel, with 40 members attending, including several members who have actually been Solihull E.G. members for the entire 40 years. Many thanks to the three members who organised this event. It was a great evening, enjoyed by all.