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 Beautiful StitchThe Beautiful Stitch - The Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Gallery opens with this stunning exhibition at Bucks County Museum

The exhibition focuses on the diverse and every-changing nature of embroidery across time and place and includes some of the finest and more unusual pieces from the Guild's stunning collections of historical and contemporary embroidery.

See our webspage dedicated to the Beryl Dean Gallery for more details of our permanent exhibition. Click on this link The Beautiful Stitch

Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Works seeks a Commissions and Products Specialist. Information can be found at The role is to support commissions and allow Fine Cell Work to build its income from this source, provide project management of large commissions, and ensure timely delivery of a high quality finished item. This is a 3-day per week role - salary £25000 pro rata. Applicants should send a covering letter and CV to before the 25th October.

They are also looking for freelance charters to produce their needlepoint charts in the X Stitch Studio programme. Flexible working hours, working from home – suit a student. Interested? Contact

Fine Cell Work - Looking for Volunteers

The Embroiderers' Guild has been contacted by Rosie Greenfield of Fine Cell Work - Fine Cell Work is a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives
They are currently looking for new volunteers to teach stitching in prison groups in the Buckinghamshire, Leicester, Hertfordshire and Staffordshire areas. Their volunteers are usually highly skilled embroiderers or needlepointers and Fine Cell Work hope that this opportunity might appeal to some of our members.

As a branch in one of these areas perhaps you would be kind enough to email your members to see if any would be interested. If so please ask them to contact Rose Greenfield, Volunteers and Programmes Co-ordinator at Fine Cell Work by email -

Latest News from Cas Holmes

Plantlife by Cas HolmesA busy month this in terms of exhibitions. Three major shows starting in the last month have kept me busy with finishing work as well as organising and shipping. The big event is that I am a guest artist at the Knitting and Stitching Show in both Ally Pally, London and Harrogate...or rather some of you are. This is the final show of the collaboration Tea Flora Tales and am thankful to all of the artists, makers and schools who have contributed to this amazing project and for the support of the Embroiderers' Guild, (who also have on display their 100 Hearts project) Upper Street Events who have equally helped to raise the awareness of our need to protect Wildflowers and their habitat and the ongoing support of the charity Plantlife. (the image shows the first few pieces created at its inception at the Knitting and Stitching Show in 2012)

Textile Landscape - Painting with cloth in mixed media - a new book by Embroiderers' Guild member Cas Holmes

Textile Landscape by Cas HolmesTextile Landscape is a creative guide to landscapes in textile art using paint, mixed media and stitch and is ideal for textile artists of all levels - students, teachers and practicing artists and makers - to make unique and beautiful work inspired by the world around us.

With her rich use of colour, stitch and mixed media, Cas exploits the tactile nature of textiles to turn the traditional approach to landscapes on its head. Cas guides the reader through every stage of the creative process, demonstrating how to create unique and beautiful works of art through observation, experimenting with stitch, collage, screen printing and applique.

It also contains information on the Embroiderers' Guild and its Capability Brown exhibitions and features the work of EG member Jane Fairweather that was displayed at the Capability Brown exhibition at Berrington Hall.

Textile Landscape is published by Batsford on 6th Septemer 2018. see for stockists.

Textile Landscape Capability Brown Jane Fairweather's work
A Textile Trail in Stitch with the Embroiderers' Guild Jane Fairweather's work for Capability Brown exhibition

The D-Day Story and The Overlord Embroidery

The Overlord Embroidery at the D Day StoryThe D-Day Story located in Portsmouth, opened in March 2018. It uses the personal accounts of people who were there, original Second World War objects and stunning audio visual presentations to tell the story of the Allied landings in Normandy on 6th June 1944 and the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

Finding a home for 34 embroidered panels with a total length of 83 metres was a challenge. The embroidery toured venues in the UK, USA and Canada for 12 years as Lord Dulverton searched for a suitable location for its long-term display. In 1984 it moved into purpose-built cases in Portsmouth City Council’s new D-Day Museum. As part of the transformation of the museum into the D-Day Story, the Overlord Embroidery cases were re-glazed and new interpretive panels were added. A brand new gallery explains why, when and how the embroidery was made and introduces the key people involved. Sandra Lawrence’s full-size colour cartoons for the 34 panels are on show in the Pentagon, Washington DC, USA.

Work began in 1968. The 34th and final panel was completed in January 1974. The Overlord Embroidery is a remarkable example of appliqué techniques. More than 50 different materials were used to make it, including sateen, crepe, silk, linen, chiffon, serge, net, gold lurex and actual wartime uniforms. Edging cord of varying thicknesses and colours was used to increase the sense of depth. In some places, especially the faces of key characters such as the Allied commanders, stitching was added to give additional detail. The background panels are made from purple Crestweave linen. Specially dyed Petersham ribbon was used to define the upper and lower borders of the panels.

The Overlord Embroidery at the D Day StoryThe Overlord Embroidery can be seen at The D-Day Story, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3NT. Open daily from 10am - 5pm (5.30pm April - Setpember). Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Individuals can visit anytime during opening hours but group visits will need to be booked. For full details of entry fee and bookings see the website

Our Congratulations.......

go to both past EG Graduate Julie Heaton and textile artist Alison Holt who have both had a piece of work chosen to be part of the RA Summer Exhibition 2018. Let's say thanks to Grayson Perry and his team for at last acknowledging textiles as art. Julie's piece is called "The Bristol 2 Litre Engine" and Alison's piece is "Sunlight and Shadows".

Bristol 2 Litre Engine by Julie Heaton Sunlight and Shadows by Alison Holt
Bristol 2 Litre Engine by Julie Heaton Sunlight and Shadows by Alison Holt

Cockpit Arts Awards & Bursaries

We have been invited by Cockpit Arts to share details of their four Awards, comprising subsidised studio space and business support for one year. Applications are open for members of the Embroiderers' Guild.

  • The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award - This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.
  • The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards - Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award - These prestigious Awards are intended for talented makers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award - This Award aims to help an aspiring or established turner i.e. someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials. Award open all year round, applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Please see their website - - for the Calls for Entries which give more detail including the relevant closing dates. Contact for further information and application forms.

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