Reminder emails and letters for those members due to renew in August and September are being sent out. Members can renew their subscription on-line, using their debit or credit card, or can download a renewal form if they wish to pay by cheque. Please use the link provided in your email to complete your renewal if paying on-online. Members who have not provided us with an email address (and those where the email provided has returned an error) are being sent a letter with the form included.
Over the next three months we will be entering the names of every member who renews, alongside those who join us this year, into a regular prize draw. The winners will be sent a pack of Aurifil threads!
Renewing (and new) members will qualify for a discount when taking out a subscription to ‘Stitch’ magazine, and be able to take up our 7 for the price of 6 offer when subscribing to ‘Embroidery’ magazine.
Both of these offers will be made available in the ‘members’ only' area of our website shortly. This is currently under construction, and we will let members know when it becomes available.
Our series of Thread Talks are underway with more being planned. Coming soon: Talking Threads - a series of interviews where two artists will exchange insights into how they work and what inspires them.
For details about current Thread Talks visit our events page (The EG presents: THREAD TALKS | Embroiderers Guild)
Independent Stich groups who may be looking for topics for their programme in the coming year, should watch this space. We are currently developing a set of talks/presentations suitable for a half day or evening session, either on-line or in person. These talks will be based around the Guild collection and the contents of our folios.
We will be present at two Knitting and Stitching shows this year – the first at Alexandra Palace in October, and the second in Harrogate in November. We will have two stands at each show, one of which will hold our exhibition of ‘Exquisite Containers’ - featuring the pieces from this year’s Members’ Challenge, some items from the Collection, and some fascinating acquisitions which we’ve acquired this year!
On our second stand, you will be able to find out more about the Guild’s projects and plans, subscribe to Embroidery magazine (back issues will also be available) and join us – if you’re not already a member! Our ‘Must Haves’ are a must see this year – a cornucopia of threads and materials at bargain prices for your next creative project.
Details of both shows can be found here: The Knitting & Stitching Show
Projects in Progress
We have taken the first steps towards enabling Members to browse the entire back catalogue of ‘Embroidery' Almost ninety years’ worth of magazines, including the full set of The Embroideress, have now been sent to be digitised.
Once that work is complete, each issue will be indexed and loaded into an archive service provided by a company called ‘Exact Editions’. When everything is ready, we will post a link to this archive in the 'members' only' area of our website. Members will then be able to explore our magazines at their leisure.
We are really excited about this project. Colleges, Universities and Libraries around the world will be able to subscribe to our Embroidery Archive – making it available to students and scholars of all ages for study, research, and inspiration.
The Beryl Dean gallery at Bucks County Museum is currently filled with embroidered birds, showcasing some gorgeous examples of work from the collection. The exhibition will be available until the end of this year and is well worth a visit. The museum is taking appropriate Covid precautions, and visitors are welcome.
It may be slightly longer before we can host more intimate collection visits at the museum store in Halton, but we will let members know when that becomes available. In the meantime, it is now possible to borrow folios from us again. We are adding to the folio catalogue this year and are busy putting together folios focused on both named embroiderers and further history and technique titles.
Affiliated ISGs can apply to borrow one or more folios, as can individual members. You will be asked to pay for postage and to add a small deposit, which will be refunded once the folio is returned. Non-affiliated groups can also apply and are welcome to do so, but they will be asked to pay a borrowing fee alongside the postage and the deposit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding out what’s available.
If you are a lecturer or teacher working with textile students, we would be interested in working with you to trial the use of our folios in the classroom. Contact email@example.com if you would like to explore this idea further.
This year’s members’ project is ‘Collections.’ Members will find details in Contact magazine.
The Members’ Challenge for 2021/2022 is MY LOCKOWN YEAR
This has been a year like no other. Please try to put into embroidery some of the ideas and experiences that you have had during lockdown. Create a mind map, start researching, and visit and research some of the categories of the challenge:
- Life in lockdown – what life has meant to you, personally.
- A special place you go to when things are hard.
- A new-found relationship with something or someone that you have discovered.
- A new hobby.
- Seeds of Hope – seed packets, catalogues, vegetables, fruit – your garden.
- Guilty pleasures – chocolates, sweets, cakes, baking.
- Still connected – family and friends.
- Memories – places or occasions, that you have revisited in your mind.
- Moments in time past that you have revisited simply because you have the time to do so.
- Out of the darkness into the light.
- Climate of change – what does the future hold.
- Books – new and old.
And in the background...
We are continuing to work closely with Bucks County Museum, looking at possibilities for further collaboration, planning future exhibitions, and discussing ways of opening the collection up to members on-line.
We are looking at how we work with our other partners, such as Aurifil, Warner’s publications, and Search Press. Warners have been helping us with setting up the members discounts for Stitch and Embroidery, as well as providing us with good advice about copyright. Did you know that members can claim a discount on Search Press publications? Look for the code in Contact magazine!
Some regional activities for next year are being planned but are dependent on having willing volunteers to make them happen. More volunteers are needed both at regional and national level. We are pleased to be working with those who have already stepped forward – supporting us by working with the collection, undertaking research, administration and - of course – volunteering to assist with the stands at the Knitting and Stitching shows. If you are a member and interested in helping out, take a look at the volunteer page at the back of the latest issue of Contact.
Finally we are undertaking a health check of all our on-line offerings (website, members room, ThreadIT and Courses).
Once that has been done, we will be able to identify our longer-term development plan:
- reviewing our on-line courses, aiming to improve access and navigation,
- making changes to the members’ room, similarly improving access and navigation
- adding new features (like the Embroidery Archive) to the members’ room as they become available
- Updating and improving ThreadIT.
You may also spot some changes on this public website. This will be a work in progress for a while, but we while we plan a more extensive revision we want to update and improve what we can - adding a few more things to look at and making things easier to find.
Note: We have decided to suspend the addition of content to ThreadIT while we get a few technical issues sorted out, but ThreadIT members will still be able to login and access all the ThreadIT content while we do so.