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Stepping Up and Out' - in Nottingham and beyond

posted by Erica Thomson   [ updated ]

The Entry form and Exhibition information sheets are now attached on the Home Page and also the Stepping Up and Out page

Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery Stitching Course

posted 22 Jan 2018, 00:46 by Suella Postles

Exploring Embroidery

Nottingham Contemporary Stitching Adult Course

06 Feb 2018 - 27 Feb 2018

Come and explore the techniques of contemporary embroidery with us this February. 

Guided by Associate Artist Charlotte Tupper, together we’ll discover the methods and techniques of this beautiful art form and support you to learn new skills to create your own original artworks.

We’ll be exploring and responding to the works in our current exhibition, From Ear to Ear to Eye, giving you a great opportunity to examine contemporary art and discover or reignite your creative side!

No experience needed, all abilities welcome.

Attend the 4-week course or just drop in for weekly sessions. All materials and free refreshments provided. Call us on 0115 948 9750 for info.

Sessions cost:
£15/ per session
Save £15 when you book for the entire course: £45 for 4 sessions

Session 1: Tue 6 Feb, 10am – 1pm. Book Now
Session 2: Tue 13 Feb, 10am -1pm. Book Now
Session 3: Tue 20 Feb, 10am – 1pm. Book Now
Session 4: Tue 27 Feb, 10am – 1pm. Book Now

Nottingham Contemporary
  • Weekday Cross
  • Nottingham
  • NG1 2GB

+44 (0)115 948 9750


+44 (0)115 948 9755

Regional Day competition "Inspiration and Ideas"

posted 15 Jan 2018, 09:40 by Suella Postles

Regional Day competition "Inspiration and Ideas"

Carolyn Merry is organising the Competition this year - here is her message to all members -

Happy New Year to everyone,
As we take down decorations, avoid holiday adverts and try to keep resolutions please think about making an entry for the Members Competition on Regional Day May 13th 2018 at The Becket School, West Bridgford.

As we all start to pick up our usual routines can you find a space to begin or complete something for inclusion in this event? I do hope so.

Entries by groups or individuals are welcome, please let me know if a group entry is planned (so we can ensure suitable prizes). Entries from Young Embroiderers would be very welcome too.

We have been asked to clarify the criteria for the judging of the Regional Day Members’ Competition. This competition is
traditionally judged by the Speaker of the Day and the Representative from HQ, with the Regional Chair overseeing

No criteria has ever been set down for this Competition other than a response to the title given. The amount of
‘embroidery’ within a piece and what that ‘embroidery’ is has always been up to a member’s interpretation.
Contemporary textile art now covers a vast range of techniques and is not necessarily all stitchery.

Good design and impact also have to be taken into account.

The ‘Inspiration and Ideas’ for the Competition written by Carolyn Merry is only that. It is up to members to choose
whether they follow these or take their own route to a piece of work. These suggestions are not referred to by the ju
To involve members more it has been decided by the Regional Committee to revise the three prizes awarded to:
First. Highly Commended. Members’ Choice.


Please get in touch if any further information is required.

Carolyn Merry

Quorn Country Crafts opening in East Leake

posted 8 Jan 2018, 00:39 by Suella Postles

The opening event is on Saturday 20th January, they would love to see you all there if you can make it, there will be goodie bags, a raffle, a sale and much much more.

Gotham Road,
East Leake

01509 211604 

Lace Unravelled project

posted 4 Jan 2018, 23:26 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 4 Jan 2018, 23:26 ]

Do you know your clawkers from your cams, or your jennying from your Jacquard? If the answer is yes and you worked, or are still working in the lace industry, we need you!

So why not come along and see items from the Nottingham Museums lace collection (recently designated a collection of national importance), have a chat and find out more about the Lace Unravelled project? Ground floor, fully accessible, parking available.

Saturday 3rd Feb , 10am-4pm Broadway Cinema, Broad Street Nottingham NG1 3AL


posted 4 Jan 2018, 09:51 by Suella Postles

Saturday 24 February, 10am-4pm
Visual Arts Studio
£50 (£40 concessions)

Join Tanya Bentham of Threads of Time as she shows you how to make your own piece of beautiful Viking embroidery using traditional methods and techniques. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience of embroidery. Suitable for ages 16+

Programmed as part of Viking: Rediscover The Legend exhibition.


Local Historical Costumier om BBC4

posted 27 Dec 2017, 05:39 by Suella Postles

Coralie: I’ve read in the Nottingham Post today that a local historical costumier called Ninya Mikhaila will be featured in the following TV series. Her website is www.ninyamikhaila.com
It starts on Wednesday 3rd January at 8.30pm called "A Stitch in Time" and will air on BBC4!  There will be six episodes, showing weekly at the same time.

Embroiderers' Guild on-line courses

posted 2 Dec 2017, 10:01 by Suella Postles

EG ON LINE COURSES (thanks to Janet Austin – Derbyshire Branch – for this information)

The Embroiderers’ Guild offers many opportunities for learning, from short stand-alone courses to a long- term course of study

EG distance learning course The current courses on offer are:

Inspired to create hand embroidery - 1 - Moving On

Inspired to create machine embroidery - 2 - Moving On

Inspired to create hand embroidery - 3 - Another Dimension

Inspired to create machine embroidery - 4 - Another Dimension

Beyond the Stitch - 5 -A course to go farther https://embroiderersguild.com/index.php?page_no=227&page_menu=eg-distance-learning-course-details

EG short courses Here you will find the start of a collection of short courses aimed at the widest range of embroiderers. Some are topic based allowing the student to develop a new skill in a new arena. Some are project based enabling the production of a unique item to enjoy. Some are experimental techniques for you to develop to your own particular interests. Some later ones will be study based, researching a topic and turning your results into a piece of work or a handmade book. https://embroiderersguild.com/index.php?page_no=888&page_menu=embroiderers-guild-short-courses  

EG course – Beyond the Stitch

How thread and fabric colours affect each other. Romanian stitch, buttonhole and lock stitch. Far more experimentation with stitches is expected at this level.

Procion dyeing. Participants who feel they are familiar with this can opt to do an extended session 7

Line and tone. Grading stitches from black to white. Extracting line drawings from an illustration and converting them to stitched samples. Straight line curves.

A study of negative space. Woven and blanket stitch wheels. Stitch identification challenge.

Low relief textures. Exploring paint effects on paper to use later in session 12 and melting plastics.

Identifying different fabrics and textural manipulation. Faux chenille, pleating, layering and silk painting. Using painted Bondaweb.

Painted backgrounds. Transfer dyeing including using resists.

Experimenting with newer materials. Xpandaprint, Tyvek, embossing powders and plastic films.

Raising the surface by padding. English and Italian quilting with Trapunto. Creating 3D surfaces.

Applique, reverse applique, shadow work. Patterns for making 3D structures.

Planning and researching the final project in depth and making up.

Constructing a handmade book or folder to present the course sample.


Other courses – see https://embroiderersguild.com/index.php?page_no=460&page_menu=other-courses  for details

'Stepping Up and Out' with 'Sew and So'

posted 28 Nov 2017, 22:58 by Suella Postles

'Stepping Up and Out' with 'Sew and So'

Sew and So was originally introduced to provide an extra meeting for members participating in the Kickstart programme, but is now open to all.

With our next exhibition approaching fast, why not come along to the next Sew and So meeting being held between 11 – 1pm on Saturday 9th December? (bring along some lunch and stay on for the afternoon speaker!).

Some of our members have little or no experience of exhibiting their work and may feel daunted by the prospect. Sew and So offers the perfect opportunity to share ideas; get help, support and advice on current work; techniques;enjoy mini workshops; socialise and maybe even stitch!

We shall discuss the group project 'Doors And Gates” and look at ways to use the small canvas, and the use of Bondaweb (or similar products).

There is a small charge of £3 per session – I look forward to seeing you there.

 Judith Burnett

Auction Information - Ewbanks Auctioneers Surrey

posted 7 Nov 2017, 02:19 by Suella Postles

Hello WBEG Members​,
Forwarding a message from Terry - you'll find the items here - 

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Terry Murphy <terry@embroiderersguild.com>
Date: 30 October 2017 at 11:26
Subject: Auction Information - Ewbanks Auctioneers

This email is being sent to all Trustees, all Regional Chairs and the Secretary of the Smocking Branch. Regional Chairs are asked to forward the email to Branch Chairs for onward transmission to members. Thank you.

Ewbanks Auctioneers will be selling a small number of embroidery items in their sale scheduled for 9th November. The pieces being auctioned are from the the original batch of EG pieces passed to Ewbanks in 2016. They are mainly items that were sold at the time but the buyer did not complete the process. A few are items that did not make it into the original sale. My understanding is that there is one smocking item.​ There are no new Guild Collection items in this sale.  

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