Latest News     9th September 2018



6th Oct 2018 at 2pm. Patcham Community Centre


Beautiful Butterflies

Although it was a very hot day, members enjoyed the July 7th meeting and avoided watching the football! Plus, the roads were unusually quiet so travelling to Patcham was easy.

Material was cut, Bondaweb was used and the Sizzix Machine went into action, creating perfect butterflies. These were then attached to the base fabric and the creative work began, thread chosen and stitching started. 



  Creating butterflies by using the Sizzix Machine to cut  several butterflies with a die.

  Some members cut out 5 or 6 butterflies.

  You need to have Bondaweb on the back of the material so that it cuts cleanly.

  Bondaweb is like a double sided sellotape for material.




Now the fun begins. After ironing the butterflies onto the base material, stitching began. A variety of stitches were used after consulting Mary Thomas' Dictionary of Stitches and the examples Carolyn used to demonstrate. The challenge was to see if more than seven different stitches could be used! Some people started with blanket stitch around the edge of the butterfly, whilst others began with the 'fun bit', creating the decoration. More butterflies were taken home to decorate with machine embroidery or to attach to a hair band




 Progress was made and the results were all  different. There were a variety of embroidered butterflies. Some will be finished as patchwork, others will be framed  Cushion covers, book covers, and shopping bags were  begun. One set of butterflies is even flying away to be finished in Spain. 




Next Meeting


 The AGM is on Oct 6th at 2pm. This is an important meeting. We elect our committee for the following year. This includes Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Program Secretary. The committee consists of not less than 7 members, some of the existing committee will be standing down so we are looking for new committee members to join the team. If you would like to put your name forward please email our secretary Janet Summerton :-

Once the official business is over we will have the opportunity to explore three of the Guild's portfolios. This is a chance to get "hands-on" with some museum quality art.

November Meeting 

November 3rd at 2pm. We will be working on "Wheels within Wheels" the chance to learn new techniques and stitches.

December Meeting 

We are getting together with Patcham Arts for an excellent event on 1st December 10am to 4.30pm. They will be showing "Art for Christmas" and we will have the opportunity to slim down our "fabric stash"! (so we can make room for more!). We will have one downstairs room at the Community Centre in the morning and as soon as the ballet class finishes we can roll back the divider to allow us to use the whole ground floor. It will be widely advertised by both ourselves and the Patcham Arts team. It is an opportunity to raise money.

The plan is to split the profit from sales, 50/50 with the seller and the Brighton Guild. The Guild needs to raise funds and to covers its costs.

If you would like to have/share a table please contact Frances :-

Full details nearer the event, but start sorting out your cupboards and put the date in your diary!