Saturday, 13 May 2017

Birmingham Embroiderers' Guild Exhibition at Artrix

The Birmingham EG exhibition is on for another week at Artrix so if you haven't been yet, it is well worth a visit. Lots of interesting work on display showcasing a very diverse range of techniques and media. The display covers the corridors on three floors as well as some 3D work in display cases. Well done to everyone at Birmingham for all your hard work mounting the display.











These fabulous birds by Marion Brown have to be my favourite pieces!


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

May news


This exhibition is now on in Birmingham. If you would like to join a few other EG members and visit the exhibition together on Friday 5th May, please email Anne -  anne@thumpston.co.uk  and let her know. We will meet at the entrance to Snowhill Station at 1pm.

LOOKING BACK , LOOKING FORWARD
This exhibition of work by Birmingham EG is now on at the Artrix Art centre in Bromsgrove (very easy to drive to from Solihull). If you are interested in visiting as a group on Saturday 13th May to view the exhibition and stitch a while with some of the Birmingham members, please email Anne . Transport sharing could be arranged.

Maria Thomas - our May Speaker
Our speaker this month was Maria Thomas, a local textile artist. She gave a very lively talk, with a colourful display of her very individual and personal work. Her work reflects the everyday associations within daily life - motherhood, shopping, domestic chores and the ups and downs of family life. She creates fabric collages, using patchwork and quilting techniques, to create visual memories of her experiences. Thank you maria for such an interesting talk and display of work.
Here are a few pictures of the work on display.










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 solihullembroiderersguild@gmail.com 

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)

THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD COLLECTION July - October
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

 



CHARLECOTE EMBROIDERY GIVEN TO CHARLECOTE IN CELEBRATION OF CAPABILITY BROWN

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.

GLIMPSES OF THE ROARING TWENTIES

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 www.ichfevents.co.uk

1 Year of Stitches 2017

This is a challenge started by Sara Barnes at brwnpaperbag.com . 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 www.quiltandstitchvillage.com  . 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 makemywayblog.wordpress.com

 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.