The Embroiderers’ Guild

An educational charity with over a 100 years of knowledge, skills and experience


Who are the Embroiderers’ Guild?


The Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in any area of embroidery or textile art.

We are proud to be recognized as the voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art


No longer just the domain of fabric and thread, textile art now embraces (amongst other things)
the world of mixed media, dyeing with rust and plants, print and videos.

We hold a historical collection, aid research, support students of all ages, and publish  “Embroidery” magazine. 

The Embroiderers' Guild exists to build awareness of stitch and textile art.

We educate, encourage, inspire, and promote the achievement of excellence.  


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What We Stand For 

Vision

*  To promote and encourage the art of embroidery and related crafts;

*  To encourage the creation of fine articles incorporating the use of, or associated with, embroidery;

*  To educate the public in the history and art of embroidery;

*  To undertake or support research in embroidery;

*  To collect, document, preserve, exhibit and interpret examples of fine embroidery, which are of historical or educational merit, and to make such articles available to the public.

Our Next 10 Years

*  To grow the number of Guild branches across the UK  <br>

*  To offer an interactive online branch called ThreadIT <br>

*  To participate in community projects for the benefit of all <br>

*  To bring Stitch and Textile Art to a wider audience<br>

*  To recognise and support exceptional teaching.

Our Members 

*  Meet face to face normally every month,

* Hear speakers on a wide range of stitch & textile subjects 

*  Learn and share new skills and knowledge with each other

*  Take part  in national, local and regional challenges and exhibitions

*  Bring their knowledge and skills to a wider audience

Our Branches and Groups

*  160  branches across 10 regions in UK

  • Members are welcome from across the world

  • Members join local branches or ThreadIt our online community

  • Junior Embroiderers and Textile Students have their own groups

  • Take part in local, regional and national exhibitions

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall  with Maidstone and District Branch in 2015
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall  at the unveiling of the Embroidery Representation of the poem by Robert Byron called "All These I Learnt put together by Maidstone and District Branch in January 2020

What we offer


1 Run and facilitate Creative Projects at national, regional and Branch levels to encourage inspiration, stretching of skills and techniques to all members - across 6000 members. Some examples 100 Hearts, hospital wall, Schools longest embroidery


4 Branch Membership to meet with others to share common interest, be encouraged to try new approaches, stretch your skills and techniques, take part in national projects and exhibitions


2 look after and show our Guild Collection of pieces across the last 100 years - and show up the value of embroidery and textile art's relevance into the future.


5 ThreadIt Membership - an online community who meets to share common interest, be encouraged to try new approaches, stretch their skills and techniques, take part in national projects and exhibitions


3 Create and facilitate workshops, courses programmes to teach essential skills and techniques, run graduate programmes.


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