News & Events

Here you will find details of Guild events (What's on) whether organised centrally or by a region or branch and events, workshops, seminars, exhibitions sent to us by other organisations.

In addition, this section also includes news items from the Guild, its regions and branches. The international stitch community are welcome to send us information that they believe will be of interest to Guild members in the UK.

Other organisations are also welcome to send information for these listings but we ask that at least one person in the organisation be a member of the Guild or, in the case of commercial organisations, they make a donation.

Information coming to us from Guild Members should include their membership number in the title line of the email.

We regret that we can only accept information by email. Thank you.

The Great British Sewing Bee LIVE 21-24 September 2017 at Excel London

The Great British Sewing Bee LiveThis exciting new event takes place over four days from 21st - 24th September 2017 at ExCel London. The perfect event for anyone with a love of dressmaking, textiles, fashion, tailoring - or even if you are just a massive fan of the TV programme. From hobbyists to professionals to enthusiastic beginners - there is something for everyone.

Here are just a few things you can expect to see:

  • The Great British Sewing Bee Super Theatre with TV judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young and past contestants from the TV show
  • Hundreds of practical workshops for all abilities
  • 200+ exhibiting companies
  • Garments from the last four series of the Great British Sewing Bee
  • Vintage fashion galleries
  • Fashion catwalk shows
  • Dressmaking drop-in clinics
  • Live demos


The Embroiderers' Guild stand

Book today and take advantage of the ticket offer. Save £1.50 on adult tickets bought in advance (normally £16.50) and enter code EXH1 when prompted.

Visit for more information and to book tickets.

The Beautiful Stitch: Textile Treasures of the Embroiderers' Guild

1st July - 28th October 2017. Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP

The Beautiful StitchThe Embroiderers’ Guild, now settled into its new home at Bucks County Museum, owns a nationally important collection of costume and textiles from around the world.

Highlights from this unique and inspiring collection will form the basis of a major exhibition at the County Museum in Aylesbury through the summer of 2017.

Opening on 1 July to 28 October, the exhibition will focus on the diverse and ever-changing nature of embroidery across time and place, and will include some of the finest pieces from the Guild’s stunning collections of historical and contemporary embroidery: from Chinese shoes to American Indian gloves, from 18th century whitework to 21st century artwork, and from miniature stitches to the world’s longest embroidery!

Paddy KillerEntry to the exhibition is free. For more information about the exhibition and its accompanying textile residency and workshops please see the dedicated webpage: The Beautiful Stitch: Textile Treasures of the Embroiderers' Guild

Headwear from AfghanistanSee also the webpage at the Bucks County Museum website

Game of Thrones - The Hardhome Embroidery

The Hardhome EmbroideryFollowing on from the success of the Magna Carta embroidery and the Guild's role in its production, the UK representatives of the HBO Home Entertainment TV Network contacted the Embroiderers' Guild with the view to creating a special artwork in stitch to form the backdrop to mark the release of the 'Game of Thrones' Series 5 DVD & Blue Ray boxed set.

Game of Thrones exhibition at Bucks Co. MuseumThe Embroiderers' Guild led the design and production of the piece and invited stitch partners The Royal School of Needlework, Hand & Lock and Fine Cell Work to participate. The final image was selected by HBO in December. It features one of the most intense battle scenes in TV history - the massacre of Hardhome. The first design and production meeting took place just before Christmas 2015, stitching started in mid January 2016 and the piece, measuring 5 metres in length and 4 metres high (nearly 17ft x 13ft 6 inches), was completed during the second week of March 2016… an outstanding achievement by all concerned.

We have received some fantastic feedback from visitors to the various locations where the embroidery has been on display - here are the comments from a visitor to the recent Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate:

"I recently had the real pleasure and indeed astonishment at seeing the Hardhome Embroidery when it was on show at the Harrogate K & S show. What a truly wonderful piece of work! I spent a long time soaking in its qualities and love it all. It comes alive and is amazingly intricate and convincing". Emeritus Professor Aberystwyth University

Dates for future exhibitions in 2017 featuring the Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery will be advised on this page

See full details of this fascinating project, led by the Embroiderers' Guild, on our Game of Thrones webpage (click here)

The Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery will be on display at:

Guildford Castle, Castle Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3SX

7th July - September 2017

The Textile SocietyThe Textile Society - London Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

Sunday 8th October 2017 10.30 - 4.30 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE

Admission £6, Students & Members £4. Profits from the London and Manchester fiars support the Textile Society's student bursaries and museum awards

Visit the fair for a fantastic range of vintage fashion, antique textiles and costume sourced from around the world. You'll find textiles from the 18th century right up to the swinging 60s and 70s. Furnishings including pre-1950s rugs, unique fashion accessories. Tables and tables of colour and cloth. Exp0lore the fair for second-hand books, ephemera and even get advice on textile conservation. Refreshments available.

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