Friday, 1 December 2017

Ruby Squares at Makit

Don't forget to come and see us at the Makit Fair tomorrow - Saturday 2nd december. We have lots of work on display, including our Ruby Squares. there are also lots of other displays and traders at the venue. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

November News 2017

Our November meeting was a very busy meeting. Emma from The Wool Shed gave us a fascinating talk about her passion for hand made cloth and took us on a tour of  India where she spent a number of years researching and working with India's talented textile craft workers. A very informative and colourful talk with lots of samples of textiles from India and hand dyed yarn from The Woolshed

 We collected  in  all the work for our display at  The Makit LQ &N Christmas Fair next month and with over 100 textile pieces to put up for display (including our wonderful Ruby Squares), we are hoping for a fantastic exhibition. Everyone, please come along and support. The fair is well worth a visit with lots to see and buy. Time to stock up on all those stitching supplies and buy a few Christmas presents.

Here are just a few pictures of some of our exhibits - there are lots more pieces to see at the Fair.

More Goldwork with Carolyn Gayton 

On Saturday, Carolyn came along to tutor our Saturday workshop and there was a definite Christmas theme! She brought some of her beautiful Christmas card designs for members to stitch. The candle design seemed to be particularly popular. Carolyn's goldwork workshops always prove to be popular and today was no exception,

Sarah chose to stitch one of Carolyn's kits 

Joy chose the ivy design


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Compton Verney Textile Fair

Compton Verney Textile Fair is on this coming weekend and is well worth a visit. There will be lots to see at the fair, including displays from Solihull EG and Leamington EG and our very own Kathryn Pettitt will also be there with a stand of her own work. There is also lots to see at the Museum - including The Lost Words exhibition, and a very good restaurant on site. If you need some fresh air, the grounds are lovely to walk around at this time of year. 

 Please come and support and come and say hello to the Solihull members who will be on hand to tell you more about our group.

The Lost Words Exhibition open now

This enchanting exhibition combines the creative talents of writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s power to spark the imagination.

Monday, 23 October 2017


We are now busy preparing for our forthcoming exhibition at the popular stitching fair held each Christmas at Cranmore Park - THE MAKIT LACEMAKING, QUILTING & NEEDLEWORK FAIR. This is a great chance to stock up on lots of textile supplies, buy some Christmas presents and see whats new in the stitching world. There are also demonstrations and exhibitions to see and this year Solihull Embroiderers' Guild will be Exhibiting some fabulous Ruby Squares made by members to celebrate 40 years of stitching. Each square is unique, as every member has chosen a favourite technique to use. Some are traditional, some contemporary, some use hand stitching others have incorporated machine stitching or mixed media. The only proviso was that each square must must be 70% red. When all the squares are put together, the result is truly stunning!
We will also be exhibiting a Retrospective of members' work spanning the past 40 years and there will be a 'Stitch and Take' activity for you to join in with if you need a quiet sit down for a while. Please do come along and say hello. There will be members there to chat to and information about our group and other groups across the West Midlands. 
All the details about the Makit Fair are below, including an extensive list of traders, groups and guilds who will be there. Parking on site is free and Early Bird tickets are available.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

ECLECTICA EXHIBITION 18th October - 6th November

Eclectica are a group of 9 local textile artists - a number of them are Guild members and will be familiar to many of you. They will be exhibiting their latest work at the Courtyard Gallery in Solihull library this month . This promises to be a colourful and inspiring exhibition and well worth a visit.
If you would like to meet the artists, they will be in the Gallery on Saturday 21st  October between 11am and 3pm.

Group members are:
Marion Plumb
Angie Attwood
Stephanie Redfern
Rita Weston
Sarah Edwards
Janet Rose
Janet Carpenter
Catherine Brierley
Anne Watts

For more information about the group, visit their web site

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Regional Day 2017

On Saturday South Cheshire branch hosted the West Midlands Regional Day 2017. A number of Solihull members went along, not only to enjoy a sociable and fun day but also to see just how these days are put together. We will be organising the Regional Day next year so now we know the high standard we must aspire to !

The day began with the Regional AGM, with attendance being much improved from last year as a result of combining the Regional AGM with the Regional Day activities. This has to be a great result.
The day then progressed with news from Head Quarters, the presentation of 25 year badges , time to view the competition entries, shop with the traders or buy some second hand books, fabric and thread packs .

Tickets for the raffle went well with such great prizes - a sewing machine, a Lowery stand, a workshop voucher, thread and fabric packs and some Pink pig sketch books.
The entries for the competition were very varied with prizes for hand stitching, machine stitching, the Speakers' Choice and also prizes for the JETs entries (young embroiderers). The title for the competition was PATHWAYS for adult entries and CONTRASTS for the JETs entries.

Speakers Choice winner

Hand stitch winner

Machine stitch winner

Some more of the competition entries:

After a splendid buffet lunch the guest speaker for the afternoon was Hanny Newton. She is just beginning her professional career in embroidery and textiles and is refreshingly passionate and enthusiastic about her chosen technique of goldwork. Her work is very contemporary whilst still using some traditional techniques. Hanny was able to inform us of some very exciting developments in her career, with the opportunity to work on a new project at the British Museum this October. She will be creating an interactive public art piece as part of the Museum's Scythians exhibition.For more information visit

Hanny working on one of her pieces for the British Museum project

A piece inspired by the Scythian art work at the British Museum

Some more sample of Hanny's goldwork

Many thanks to South Cheshire Branch for organising such a successful Regional Day. Its all down to Solihull Branch now for 2018!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Nicky Dillerstone - September meeting

Earlier in the year Nicky came to Solihull to host a very successful workshop for our members , creating textile pods using fabric, threads and wire. This month she came to tell us more about her textile creations. She designs and makes unusual 3D pieces, pods and books using a variety of materials, often incorporating found objects. Many of her creations are left in the outdoor landscape to weather and be utilised by the local wildlife! Thank you Nicky for a most enjoyable and inspiring talk.

Some samples of Nicky's books without words- lots of textures, materials and apertures to look through.

Mud Skipper - based upon a shoe

A pod like creation just waiting for something to pop out!

A bodice created using a variety of fabric manipulation and machine stitching techniques


What can you do with an old sardine tin? Well Nicky will turn it into a piece of textile art!

Her latest work incorporates sea shells