Our series of Thread Talks continues, with new speakers being booked for 2022.
Tickets are now also available for Talking Threads – a series of interviews where two artists will exchange insights into how they work and what inspires them.
For details of both Thread Talks and Talking Threads, visit our events page: News and Events
Visitors to both Knitting and Stitching Shows this year (At Alexander Palace, and in Harrogate) were delighted to see part of the Guild collection on display alongside pieces from the ‘Exquisite Containers’ Members’ Challenge.
Outcome of the Regional Review
In March when the Trustees of the Embroiderers’ Guild announced that the Guild would be changing its relationship with branches, we also stated that we would be reviewing how the regions could best support the Guild, its members and affiliated groups. Since then, several of our regional committees have decided to become Independent. As a result of the recent regional review and the change in the number of active Embroiderers’ Guild regions, the Board of Trustees has decided to dispense with the regional structure as it stands at the moment. Members of all current regional committees will be invited to join an Events Team. The Events Team will expect to work with others to organise face to face events such as summer schools as well as online events for the future. If you would be interested in organising a Guild event or becoming a member of the Events Team, then please contact Julie Stenning
Projects in Progress
Digitising Embroidery (and The Embroideress)
The initial work on digitising the back catalogue of Embroidery magazine (along with the full set of The Embroideress) has now been completed.
Colleges, Universities and other institutions will shortly be able to purchase subscriptions to the archive for their research staff and students.
We are currently looking at options for offering subscriptions to individuals, and expect to be able to make an announcement about this in the New Year.
Essential maintenance work at Bucks County Museum has meant that the exhibition of embroidered Birds from the collection has had to close slightly earlier than planned.
However, we are in discussions with the Museum around potential exhibitions in 2022. Watch this space for more information in the New Year.
In the meantime, work continues on the development of new Folios, and a list of those currently available (and where to enquire about borrowing one) can be found on our Folios page.
The Trustees have taken the difficult decision to further reduce the staffing of the Embroiderers’ Guild to reflect the changes that have taken place this year. Pat, Louise and Isla will all be leaving the Guild before Christmas. We, the Board, will miss them hugely and want to say a heartfelt thank you for all the support and help they have given us over many years. They have also provided sterling support to all members and we know that you will all want to thank them for their time, patience and hard work. For the time being the Trustees will take on the administrative workload and we ask members to bear with us while we make the transition