Wednesday, 15 March 2017

NEC Fashion and Embroidery Show 2017

Don't forget to visit the Fashion and Embroidery Show this week at the NEC. The Guild has a stand there with books and magazines for sale. The West Midlands EG has an exhibition of work and of course our Drop in Workshops. There is also a chance to see the enormous Game of Thrones embroidery - quite an experience! There are also lots of textile groups and artists with displays as well as plenty of traders.

The workshop tables ready for visitors

The two drop in workshops

Make sure you have a look for the Hardhome Panel

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Lots to visit around the region

2017 looks like it will be a great year for textile exhibitions and events . Listed below are just a few. I will list more later in the year.  Many can be accessed via train or bus. Others are not to far to travel to by car. If you would like to visit one of these events and would like to join together with other Guild members and make it a really social occasion, have a look at the list below for some suggestions for meeting up.

MADE IN THE MIDDLE  6th March  - 29th April                                         Free entry
Parkside Gallery, B'ham City University, 5 Cardigan St. B4 7BD
open - term time Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm , Sat 9am - 6pm  
           non term  Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm                            

Contemporary crafts from across the Midlands, 32 makers of ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, and textiles, including Michala Gyetvai, Zoe Hillyard, Karina Thomson, Jenifer Collier. Gallery situated near to Millennium Point therefore easy travel via Moor St Station.

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD  26th April - 21st May               Free entry
Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX
open Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm

An exhibition by Birmingham EG celebrating 40 years as a branch. Birmingham Branch will be holding two drop in stitch sessions at the exhibition - Saturday 29th April and Saturday 13th May.

If you would like to join some other Solihull members on Saturday 13th May, view the exhibition and join in with some social stitching , then email 

ANOTHER VIEW - PRISM TEXTILE GROUP   29th April - 13th May        Free entry
Royal Birmingham Society of Arts (RBSA), 4 Brook Street, B3 1SA
open Mon - Fri 10.30 - 5.30pm   Sat 10.30 - 5pm   Sun  1pm - 5pm

If you would like to join some other Solihull members and visit this event on Friday 5th May, meeting outside Snowhill Station at 1pm, then please email (see above)

Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Details of the first major exhibition at this new venue to be announced in May.

If you would be interested in Solihull EG arranging a visit when details are announced, please email (see above) .

INSPIRED STITCHED TEXTILE GROUP  16th - 17th June                             Free entry and
10th Anniversary Exhibition                                                                                      parking
St. Swithin's House, Barston B92 0JU
open 10am - 4pm     Refreshments available
A celebration of work created by group members over the last 10 years, This inspiring exhibition features a wide variety of stitch textile and mixed media pieces, using both contemporary and traditional techniques.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Charlecote Embroidery



Solihull and Leamington & District have given Charlecote Park a piece of textile art depicting scenes of the gardens at Charlecote as designed by Capability Brown.

It was stitched by embroiderers’ and visitors to the Park during drop in days, organised by members of Solihull and Leamington and District branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild. These days were part of the celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown, which also included an exhibition of embroidery, inspired by Brown’s work in the Park which was displayed during the spring and summer of 2016.

The inspiration used for two panels were the features in the Park thought to be employed by Capability Brown, namely the meandering river and cedar trees. These were complimented by a view of the house and a stag from the herd of fallow deer in the Park. Members of the branches prepared the panels and then visitors were encouraged to add the foliage in ‘cross stitch with attitude’. Some visitors added just a few stitches whilst other stayed and stitched for the whole afternoon. Further work was added during National Stitch Day 2016 that was organised by Leamington branch at the Park. The work was then completed by both branches and assembled into a hanging that will be displayed in the Orangery Restaurant from March 2017. When we have a confirmed date for when you will be able to view the embroidery, we will post it on this site.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Few Challenges for the New Year

If you are looking for some new inspiration for the stitching year ahead here are a few ideas.

E.G. Members' Challenge

 The tittle for the members' challenge this year is 'IMPRISONED SPLENDOUR' . The challenge is open to all members and there are a number of different award categories. The closing date for entries is Friday 27th February and entry details and a downloadable entry form can be found on the Guild web site.


This is the latest Madeira/Stitch magazine competition and all entries will be on display at the Fashion Embroidery and Stitch show at the NEC in March . All entries must be received between 6th and the 17th February. For more information and entry form look in your Stitch magazine or visit

1 Year of Stitches 2017

This is a challenge started by Sara Barnes at . The challenge is to add a few stitches to a piece of embroidery every day and share your work with other members of the group. Facebook and twitter groups have been set up to share pictures, ideas and thoughts and so far, embroiderers from across the world have signed up and are uploading pictures on a weekly basis. A couple of Solihull EG members have joined in. If you would like to take part, visit Sara's blog to find out more and feel free to share your pictures with us on this blog. Here is my first week's picture.

Quilt and Stitch Village - Uttoxetter

Each year the stitching show runs a competition for quilters and embroiderers. There are a number of categories for embroidery entries including a special theme category. This year the theme is 'Inspired by Nature'. Maybe you already have a suitable  entry from our exhibition last Autumn. For more information visit their web site  . The closing date is 31st January.

West Midlands Regional Day Members' Challenge

Our Regional Day and AGM  will be held on 23rd September this year and the title for the members' challenge is 'PATHWAYS'.

Solihull Embroiderers' RUBY celebrations

Solihull and Birmingham Branches will be celebrating their Ruby anniversary, so some Ruby themed pieces will be needed for various displays/exhibitions. So please start thinking about some designs and ideas and look out for more information in the coming months.

Bolivia to Guatemala with Sarah Hunt

We began our new year with a fantastic talk from Sarah Hunt. She and her partner had spent a year travelling around South America and Sarah had been particularly interested in the traditional textiles of each region she visited and had managed to bring back a very colourful selection of items from her travels. She spent some time volunteering with an organisation helping local communities to maintain their textile skills and also managed to 'have a go' at a number of weaving, knitting and dyeing techniques.
This was a very lively, informative and colourful talk . Thank you Sarah .
For more information about Sarah's travels, have a look at her blog

 Some of the colourful display of South American textiles. The hand woven back strap belt was actually woven by Sarah and used as part of her travelling weaving kit.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas News

Our Christmas tree is now decorated ready for 
the Methodist Church Tree Festival.Thank you to everyone who has made a decoration and to Janet for the loan of the tree. If you are in Solihull over the next few days, don't forget to visit the church to view the trees and have a cup of tea and a mince pie. Details of the opening times are below. 

Our stand at the Makit Fair looked very festive and drew plenty of attention, Lots of branch details were handed out, so hopefully we will have encouraged a few visitors to join one of our branches across the region. Thank you to members of Solihull and Birmingham who helped to make this venture a success,

Have a Happy Christmas and New Year. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meetings on January 3rd. Please check out the Programme 2017 on the pages link

Thursday, 1 December 2016




This is a new venture for Solihull Methodist Church and ,as regular users of the Church Hall, we have been asked to support. Our group will be providing a tree for the Festival and decorating it with hand made decorations. We are asking all members to lend a decoration for the tree . Please bring your decoration along to the December meeting (in a plastic bag clearly labelled with your name please). If you haven't managed to make one yet, there is still time and here are a few ideas to get you going:

A host of Angels maybe?

or a pair of stockings?

Perhaps a flock of birds?

A forest of Christmas trees?

Some of those Extreme Dorset buttons (festive style) or a Suffolk puff

Or maybe a cheery Santa or a loving heart.

There are lots of ideas out there and they don't take long to make so please bring your decoration along next week or pass it on to a committee member.

Our speaker for December is Linda Williams and she will be getting everyone into the Christmas spirit with her talk entitled 'Christmas in Tudor Times' (Sulgrave Manor). If you are not a member of Solihull Embroiderers you are welcome to come as a visitor. The afternoon talk begins at 2pm and is repeated for the evening session at 7.30pm.