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The Knitting & Stitching Shows Live Workshops - Discount for Guild Members

November is an exciting month for The Knitting & Stitching Shows, who are offering lots of workshops to replace their live events and they’re offering Embroiderers Guild members 10% off live workshops when you use code EG10!

3D Embroidery Jill KipnissYou may have already heard about the Self Portrait Competition (enter by 20th) but they also have a range of live classes to take part in. Choose from 19 live workshops including embroidered floral letter with Hannah Johnson on 20th November, free motion embroidery with Molly Brown on 29th or 3D embroidery using wire with Jill Kipnis on the 28th. All the live classes are between 90 minutes and two hours and cost £20.00* (before the discount), which includes a link to watch on-demand after the session too. Click here to book live classes:

and remember to enter promo code EG10 to claim 10% off! *£1.50 booking fee applies

Jan Beaney & Jean LittlejohnIn addition to the live workshops offered by The Knitting & Stitching Shows, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn have devised a special workshop especially for K&S customers called Straight Stitches to Inspire and it’s available to buy now!

Sponsored by Art Van Go, it’s a 90 minute on-demand class aimed at inspiring you to Look, Experiment, Design and Stitch. Jan and Jean have each developed an idea and design based on the ‘tree’ theme, chosen because trees are a timeless, inspirational source of texture, colour and pattern and are accessible to all. They talk about processes and materials, threads and fabrics throughout the session. If you book before 31st December you will also get access to a LIVE Q&A with them both in January!

Click here to book


Textiles 2020 - an exhibition at Espacio Gallery from 8th December - 13th December 2020

Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG

Textiles2020: the show

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12-7, Sunday 11-4
Admittance free
Exhibition will also open online on 8 December at:

Members of the textiles2020 group spent lockdown exploring techniques and materials to create amazing work using fabric, stitch and colour.
At Espacio Gallery the group is exhibiting work on an open theme, with textile art telling personal stories of loss, childhood, historical narrative, subversive stitch, abstract form and fantasy. The exhibition will also be online at from 8 December

Hand & Lock Hand & Lock launch 'Virtual Prize Week' to celebrate global embroidery talent

November 2020

Hand & Lock PrizeThe annual Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery celebrates emerging embroidery talent from all over the world. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the prestigious competition and the company planned a week-long exhibition. Circumstances meant the exhibition had to be cancelled, but Hand & Lock conceived an alternative event called Virtual Prize Week. This November, the Prizegiving will go online and can be watched and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere in the world. As part of the four-day celebration participants can enjoy interviews with the judges and mentors, a virtual tour of the Hand & Lock studio and a discussion about the Prize brief for the coming year. Each day, images of the finalists work will be released and participants will be invited to share their thoughts in a public vote. The event will culminate with a live virtual prizegiving where the winners in each of categories will be announced.

This is the final round in the year long competition and each finalist has been busy working with their expert industry mentor to help develop their final work ahead of the live prize-giving event. This year finalists hail from South Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Poland, Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, The USA, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Each of their embroidery submissions fall into one of four categories. The 2020 Prize has awards for fashion embroidery and embroidered textile arts, and these two categories are further divided into Student and Open sub-categories. There are a further five Associate Awards celebrating technical skills, innovative materials, environmental sustainability and digital embroidery.

Hand & Lock PrizeA total of 10 life-changing awards will be presented at the Virtual Prize Week. Prizes include $4,000 to the winner in each category, £1,000 from the Royal School of Needlework, £500 from The Textile Institute, two sets of Wilcom digital embroidery software worth $1,500 each, £1,000 from the Worshipful Company of Broderers, £1,000 from the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers and 12 embroidered winners’ plaques.

Virtual Prize Week commences at 8.00am on Monday 16th November and concludes with the live prize-giving at 6.30pm on Thursday 19th November. Visit to learn more and be sure to follow the Prize on Instagram.

Please click here for a selection of royalty free high resolution images. For more information on the 2020 Prize visit

Hand & Lock, the 253 year old embroidery atelier to European fashion houses, the British Military and The Royal Family, has been running the prestigious embroidery prize since 2000 and now offers a prize fund in excess of $40,000. The Prize is an invaluable opportunity for new designers to showcase their finest creations and potentially win a share of a life changing prize fund. Previous Prize winners have been able to fund their designs, start their own businesses and go on to have great success. Each year the brief, promotional posters and flyers are distributed to over 1000 colleges and universities throughout the world.

Thyme to Create - Online Zoom Classes from £15

Thyme to CreateJoin Sonja Galsworthy, Royal School of Needlework-trained tutor and joint winner of the Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Award 2020, at her online Zoom classes (starting from £15. Classes include

  • Beginners' Embroidery
  • Satin Stitch Masterclass
  • Silk Shading
  • Canvaswork
  • Applique
  • Goldwork
  • Stumpwork
  • Beading

and more to come............. PLUS her new online sewing clubs on Thursday evenings (£10) and Monday morning (£5) - bring your unfinished projects, share your work and get inspired! Demos available on request, classes every week.

Sonja also can provide specialist equipment, kits, group classes, lectures and private tuition

See Sonja's website

or her instagram @sonjagalsworthy

or her facebook page @thymetocreate

contact Sonja by email

Sew Book Reviews

South East West Region - SEW magazine

The latest issue of the SEW magazine contains book reviews for many recently published books on textiles/threads/crafts - they include crochet, cross stitch, embroidery (modern and historical) sashiko, dyeing and bargello - and Christmas makes! Click on the link to view this comprehensive guide to the latest in print.

Poetry in Stitches

Poetry in Stitches 2020

The National Needlework Archive's ever-popular Poetry in Stitches project is embracing ‘Lockdown’ and encouraging all textile artists, young and old, amateur or professional, to use their creative talents to reflect on the Country’s difficult situation this year.

Do you love poems and making new and exciting textile pieces? - We want you to find a poem that reflects your emotions or your experiences during Lockdown and its aftermath. Once you have found a poem you like, and then create a picture which interprets the poem in a visual form.

Poems can be found on the BBC website, on the web generally (search ‘poems coronavirus’, or poems ‘lockdown’, for masses of inspiration) or you can use old poems that you feel are relevant to you now. Subjects could include grief, loss, fear, isolation, loneliness, financial problems; or more positively be about spring, down-time, family, kindness. Maybe the NHS, online shopping, volunteers, TV repeats, walking, neighbours, or online choirs – whatever means something to you about our current time? Do not include the text of the poem in your picture as the poem will be displayed with it.

Share your work with others to inspire and delight! – As with previous Poetry in Stitches series we will be sharing your pictures, together with the poems, in exhibitions; but this time our main exhibition space will be an online gallery on the NNA website. We will have a real exhibition of selected pieces of work at a later date.

For further information and registration forms visit our website
Contact us by email:

Now launched!

ThreadIT - The Virtual Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild

ThreadITFor some time now, The Guild has been working to set up a virtual community for its members. What started as a bold idea has become a reality – a dedicated online space where members can meet, converse, explore, and discover the many aspects of embroidery and the textile arts.

Like any branch, it needs the input of its members – but, unlike most, you can visit on any day, and at any time. For those who may have been unable to attend a local branch, ThreadIT provides easy access to our community, enabling them to benefit from the exchange of knowledge, skills and experience that our branches provide.
All are welcome, from tentative beginners, through to the lifetime embroiderers, and the professional textile artists.

So, what will you find if you join ThreadIT? Take a look at our dedicated webpage - Click on our ThreadIT logo above

Embroiderers' Guild Members' Challenge 2019/2020 - My Favourite Things

The awards are announced for the Embroiderers' Guild Members' Challenge for 2019/2020.

For full details please login and click on Members' Challenge 2019/2020.

The Joint Overall Winners & Winners of the Constance Howard Award were Jennie Riley and Liz Smith

Flower Pelargonium by Jennie Riley Linen Buttons by Liz Smith
Flower Pelargonium by Jennie Riley Linen Buttons by Liz Smith

PinterestDid you know we have 13 Pinterest Boards?

The Embroiderers' Guild has 13 Pinterest Boards which display a range of work from pieces in our Collection to entries to our Annual Members' Challenge and the great work of our Young Embroiderers and their own de Denne competition. The Boards include:

  • 100 Hearts100 Hearts Project
  • De Denne 'Looking Through' Young Embroiderers' Entries
  • Members Challenge 2018: UNDERFOOT
  • De Denne Challenge ‘Imprisoned Splendour’, Young Embroiderers’ Entries
  • Members Challenge 'Imprisoned Splendour'
  • Capability Brown Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibitions
  • De Denne ‘All That Glistens’, Young Embroiderers’ Entries
  • Capability Brown Project Young Embroiderers’ Exhibition Work
  • The Guild Collection
  • Nations of the World in Stitch Project
  • World War 1 Embroidery - from the Collection
  • Annual Members' Challenge 'Tree Rhythms'
  • Embroidery Magazine

Here is a link to our Pinterest boards so you can see for yourself some of the wonderful work of our members and some of the prized pieces in our Collection

Coronavirus/Covid 19 Updates

The CEO and the Board of Trustees are constantly monitoring the latest news and guidance from the Government in regard to keeping our members safe during this difficult time.

In this regard we have posted guidance on the Members' side of the website regarding the cancellation/viability of branch/regional meetings and events, and suggestions for keeping in touch with members and friends.

Please click on this link to go to these pages (you will be asked to log in as a member).

Coronavirus/Covid 19 Guidance

The same information has been posted on the branch and regional pages of the website for branch and regional officers and they will need to log in with their access codes.

Embroiderers' Guild Embroiderers' Guild AGM 2020 - Postponement

This was scheduled to be held on 25th April 2020. Government policy on social gatherings, distancing and requirement for self-isolation makes it impossible for this event to proceed as planned and notified to members.

AGM 2020 is, therefore, postponed until such time as it is permissible, practical and prudent to reschedule. We have been in touch with members who booked for the day or notified us of their intention to attend the AGM.

The decision to postpone renders it impossible for the proxy voting on the proposed Guild Subscription amount for 2020/21 and the re-appointment of the auditors to go ahead. These motions may need to be reconsidered in the light of the events that led to this postponement. Proxy votes received to date will, therefore, be destroyed.

No questions or notice of additional items of business have been received as at 27th March 2020. Please hold on to any questions you want answered or additional business you may have until you receive notice of the rescheduled meeting.

The intention is that the meeting agenda will remain as published and the rescheduled meeting will be held at the same venue i.e. The Priory Rooms, Birmingham. Please click on this link for this information Embroiderers' Guild AGM 2020

The decision to postpone was taken by the Board of Trustees.

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