Photo-2-Stitch – with Louise Gault – 28th May & 15th October 2022

Harborne Village WI has been awarded an educational grant from the West Midlands Federation of WIs to enable us to get together, be inspired, get creative, explore new skills to find a style and make our own WI banner to display at meetings and to take along to events.

Louise Gault, textile artist will show us how to transform photographs into stitched collages, using different embroidery techniques and we’ll sew the panels together to create our own unique banner.

We hope to finish the banner in time for our 5th anniversary in February 2023!

The event is FREE for members as all tuition and venue hire has been covered by the grant.


Please bring along:

  1. an A5 sized photograph.

    Take a photo of something you love about your local area, this could capture local history, the impact of industrialisation or climate change on the natural environment. The photograph can be black and white and can be printed on plain paper.

  2. a small pair of embroidery / craft scissors
  3. a packed lunch.

We’d love to create our banner from recycled fabrics in the WI colour palette. Sample colours are below. The fabric should be medium weight.


WI Colour Palette

Proposed pattern for our WI banner. 

There are four central A4  panels surrounded by 30 individual A5 sized panels.

WI Banner

Before the first workshop could you offer to, 

  • volunteer to take photographs of Harborne’s iconic landmarks?
  • donate medium weight fabric in WI colour palette?
  • visit local charity shops and source suitable fabrics?
  • visit Harborne Library and search archives for the history of The WI in Harborne from the 1970s onwards?



Update - Finished Panels

There’s still time to contribute a panel for our unique WI banner! Here’s a photo of the panels we have so far, and they are fabulous! 

Would you like to volunteer and contribute to creating our banner? If you would like to assist with creating our WI banner, maybe with design, suggesting techniques on how best to stitch the panels together (hand or machine) or using applique letters for the name of our WI we’d love to hear from you. 
Please get in touch via e-mail, our WhatsApp group or in-person at one of our meetings.