The Embroiderers' Guild is a national charity dedicated to educating people of all ages about the world of embroidery - from the sheer pleasure of stitching to the design, creativity and production of unique inspirational works.
We hope to show you that even though we are called a "Guild" there is nothing stuffy or exclusive about us! We welcome beginners and those who already stitch or are interested in textiles and textile art. Everyone is welcome and a very warm welcome awaits!
We create opportunities for members that other organisations do not... for example, the ability to take part in exciting and rewarding projects such as World's Longest Embroidery, Magna Carta, and The Whitewalker from Game of Thrones to name but a few.
The Embroiderers Guild is an Educational Charity dedicated to educating people of all ages about the world of embroidery - from the sheer pleasure of stitching to the design, creativity and production of unique inspirational works.
We work to:
- promote and encourage the art of embroidery and related crafts.
- encourage the creation of fine articles incorporating the use of, or associated with, embroidery.
- educate the public in the history and art of embroidery.
- undertake or support research in embroidery.
- 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.
The Guild has a long history. It was founded in 1906, when sixteen ex-students of the Royal School of Needlework got together to found a society to ‘deal entirely with Embroidery, and with the first object of keeping up a high standard of work and design.’
In the years since, the Guild has continued to be a champion for Embroidery in all its forms, working to preserve its history, encourage its practice, and supporting generations of innovation and creativity.
Today, we find that - despite the growing evidence that stitching, and doing other craftwork is good for you – crafting and creativity are being left out of the school curriculum. College and university provisions are dwindling, Adult Education is on the decline and courses like City and Guilds are getting harder and harder to find. So, the role of the Guild is becoming more important and more relevant than ever.
Even though we are called a "Guild" there is nothing stuffy or exclusive about us! We welcome and celebrate embroiderers and textile artists of all ages and abilities, from the beginner to the expert: whether simply interested in looking at textile art in all its forms, learning to stitch, a lifelong practitioner, or a professional artist and teacher. Find out how to support us here. (membership/donation link)
We support Students and Graduates working in textile art through the award of grants and scholarships, including the Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery & Design in Textile Art.
We also provide on-line events and workshops, alongside a suite of distance learning courses.