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 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Inspire 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Inspire Stitched Textile Group have been stitching together for ten years and will be holding an exhibition this month celebrating ten successful years. You are welcome to come along and meet members of the group and view the wide variety of work - traditional, contemporary, hand stitched, machine stitched, felted, dyed, printed,  patchwork and quilting , mixed media ....
Everyone welcome. Entrance is free and home made cakes and tea are available.

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 -  and let her know. We will meet at the entrance to Snowhill Station at 1pm.

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