Welcome to the Embroiderers' Guild

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10,000 Members, 195 Branches, 650 Young Embroiderers, 2 Magazines, Museum Collection, International Tours, Courses, Reference Library, Competitions, Events, 4 Annual Newsletters

The Guild has moved to
1 Kings Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 2RA.
Our new phone number is 01932 260738.

Splendid Stitches

Buckinghamshire County Museum
9. Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP

From 9th March to 6th July 2013
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00 pm

This exciting collaboration between the Embroiderers' Guild and Buckinghamshire County Museum has an emphasis on contemporary embroidery and textiles with pieces from the Museum and EG Collection.

Contemporary items from the EG Collection will include pieces by Jan Beaney, Julia Caprara, Jean Draper, Audrey Walker, Eleri Mills, and Lara Carter. There will also be historical pieces from 17th Century from a coif panel to William Morris hanging from the EG Collection.

The Museum and the Embroiderers' Guild share in the main aims of increasing access to embroidery and encouraging people to try it out. Local branches of the Embroiderers' Guild and other embroidery groups are also involved.

New Forum

To learn more about the new forum on Yahoo (Embroidery Friends) click on the link: Embroidery Friends

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Madeira UK

In 2012 a huge Thank You to Madeira UK for their continued support. Their sponsorship of the Embroiderers' Guild Regional Day lectures has been invaluable to the success of the eleven annual Regional events. We would also like to express our appreciation to Madeira for their encouragement and assistance with our Young Embroiderers new website.

Latest Tour!!

South IndiaSouth India

SOUTH INDIA: Captivating Textile, Crafts, Music & Dance 9 - 24 October, 2013
Discover the rich cultural diversities of South India and its ancient heritage of music, dance, textiles and craft traditions. More information, itinerary, and booking form >>

Annual Members' Challenge 2012/13

Parrots and Grapes panel


The Members' Challenge is for everyone
If you are new to embroidery or prefer to develop a piece using your imagination you may like to choose one of the three themes
You may decide to base your entry on one of the six categories. These invite you to explore specific aspects of the 'Parrots and Grapes' panel. More >>

The panel was stitched in 1900. It was given to the Embroiderers' Guild by Miss Williams in 1964. The background fabric is woven satin, furnishing fabric. The design is worked in coloured floss silks. The background stitches are couched threads where long lengths of thread are laid on the fabric and held in place by diagonal straight stitches. The stems are satin stitch, where straight stitches are stitched close together. The tendrils are chain stitch. Parrots, grapes and leaves are stitched in straight stitches, using different coloured threads to create a shading effect.

The Challenge is open to all members of the Embroiderers' Guild.

Embroiderers' Guild Annual Scholarships

Two Embroiderers' Guild Scholarships of £1000 each are awarded annually to embroiderers to develop the practice of embroidery. More information and application form >>

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Welcoming Athletes of the World

A tribute in stitch by members of the Embroiderers' Guild

To welcome the athletes from around the world the Embroiderers' Guild has produced a spectacular tribute in stitch by creating nearly three thousand embroidered postcard sized images depicting the life and times of over two hundred sporting nations - all members of the Olympic movement. More >>


The Embroiderers' Guild is delighted to collaborate with key partners Creative Exhibitions and Coats Crafts.

Find out about the Knitting & Stitching Shows, organised by Creative Exhibitions, where you can see the Embroiderers' Guild this autumn.
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Coats Crafts sponsor the Embroiderers' Guild's various activities and publications, including art of the STITCH. Visit their website for further information about Coats Crafts UK and Coats Crafts.
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The Guild will be attending the ICHF shows in 2013

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts
7-9 February 2013, Event City, Manchester

Creative Stitches / Hobbycrafts
7-10 March 2013, SECC, Glasgow

Fashion and Embroidery
21-24 March 2013, NEC, Birmingham


STITCH and Embroidery magazines
STITCH and Embroidery
on the web

Attention Stitch magazine readers

City & Guilds Courses through the Embroiderers' Guild
For details of the new distance learning course options please contact the Programme Director, Gill Riordan at . If you are enquiring about a course being run in your area by an Embroiderers' Guild branch please contact Annie Franz at . Thank you.

Order online from a huge range of specialist embroidery and textile titles

Members please register

We ask all members to please register in the Members' Room.

Young Embroiderers

Joining or renewing your membership to Young Embroiderers? Please click on the following link.... www.youngembroiderers.com/register. Thank you.

News for Members

  • Our new website is under construction and will be available soon.
  • Members should use their 2011/12 access code to enter the Members' Room on this site.
  • Members will need their 2012/13 Guild Membership number and Pin to access the Members' Room on the new site when it goes 'live'.

New in the Members' Room

2011 AGM video

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Watch a video of the AGM 2011 weekend in Dundee >>

Other news

Find out about Embroiderers' Guild folios

Regions and Branches
Contact List

Download from the Members' Room

please visit our sponsors

Our thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors, in particular to...

Coats for their support for branch, regional and YE events.

Madeira for Annual Madeira Lectures and prizes.

Twisted Thread for their support with exhibition space each year at Ally Pally and Harrogate.

Art in Action
international festival of arts and crafts.

If you are planning to visit the Embroiderers' Guild, please remember you need a prior appointment. Contact us on 01932 260738, or .