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.

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The Beautiful Stitch - Ely Cathedral 5th - 28th February 2019

Exhibition Opening Times
Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday: 12noon – 4pm
Please check website for amendments or specific closures. Ely Cathedral is open from 7.00am to 6.30pm (Mon-Sat) and 7.00am to 5.00pm (Sun)

Ely Cathedral, Minster Place, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL

Beautiful StitchThe Embroiderers’ Guild Collection is full of stories behind the techniques and styles of embroidery on display. Incorporating textiles from previous centuries to the present day, we hope this special exhibition will inform and intrigue all those who come to see it.

EG Collection at Ely Cathedral EG Collection at Ely Cathedral

For this exhibition, five themes were chosen, representing particular strengths of the Collection.

  • Embroidery as Art considers the emergence of textiles as an art form in the 20th century, when new materials and techniques became popular and art schools and colleges began to offer degrees in the study of textiles in many contemporary styles.
  • Embroidery in Education examines the importance of education; from early needlework samplers stitched by young girls in the 17th century; through Berlin wool work samplers in the late 18th century, to samplers of the 20th century.
  • Embroidery as Fashion looks at the embellishment of clothing and accessories with embroidery and encompasses work by professional embroiderers and current experts in the field, using both hand and machine embroidery.
  • Embroidery as Industry shows how embroidery spread from individuals, through cottage industries to the mass production of embroidery in factories. Notable among factory workshops in the past were Morris & Co and the Singer Sewing Machine Company.
  • Embroidery as Status encompasses the use of embroidery as a symbol of status. Used for many years by the wealthy and powerful in society; in religion, Royalty, government and power; embroidery emphasises rank and authority. Sumptuous embroidery in metal thread, silk and jewels reflect the importance of the wearer and the occasion.
EG Collection at Ely Cathedral EG Collection at Ely Cathedral
The Embroiderers' Guild are running four workshops during the exhibition:
  • Needle & Scissor Case: Tutor Angie Hill, 10am - 4pm, 9th Feb 2019
  • A Skyscape in Felt: Tutor Margaret Waring, 2pm - 4pm, 8th Feb 2019
  • Stitch Colour: Tutor Frances Overy, 10am - 4pm, 22nd Feb 2019
  • Time to Stitch: Ruth Holmes, 10am - 4pm, 15th Feb 2019
Please see this document Ely Cathedral Workshops for more information on each workshop
These will be available to book at Ely Cathedral Box Office. The cathedral have offered free admission to the cathedral and Guild exhibition for workshop participants on the days of the workshops. Workshop fees £45 per day, £25 for half day. Workshops will take place in the education/workshop rooms.
EG Collection at Ely Cathedral EG Collection at Ely Cathedral

£9 – Standard Cathedral Admission Fee, £6 – Concessions and Embroiderers’ Guild Members, £5 – Cathedral Pass Holders and Sunday Entrance
Children under 16 free (when accompanied by a paying adult). All tickets include standard entry into Ely Cathedral
Online – By phone – 01353 660349 (Mon – Sat 10am to 4pm). In Person – From the Box Office at the South Door (opening hours Mon-Sat 10am - 4pm)

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

National Needlecraft Awards 2019Entries open for the National Needlecraft Awards 2019 - Entry deadline extended to 11th January 2019

Following the success of its inaugural year, entries are now open for the 2019 National Needlecraft Awards. The awards celebrate our most talented Needlecrafters and designers and take place at the Knitting & Stitching Show, Kensington Olympia on 28th February 2019.

Entrants can win over £1,000 of prizes including products from DMC, Purelite, magazine subscriptions from Immediate Media and an online course and kit from the Royal School of Needlework. Every winner will receive a DMC Etoile thread tin and a £10 SewandSo Gift Voucher. All shortlisted entries will receive a ticket to the Knitting & Stitching Show.

Entries close at midnight Friday 11th January 2019. There are 11 categories in total; 9 for Needlecrafters to enter themselves or nominate an entrant and 2 Designer of the Year categories. To enter, visit

The categories are:

  • Needlecrafter of the Year: Sponsored by the DMC Group
  • Young Needlecrafter of the Year: Sponsored by SewandSo
  • Best Original Design - Cross Stitch: Sponsored by Zweigart
  • Best Original Design - Embroidery/Tapestry: Sponsored by Zweigart
  • Crafting Happier Lives Award: Sponsored by SewandSo
  • Best Use of Embroidery in Fashion: Sponsored by
  • Technical Excellence in Hand Embroidery: Sponsored by the Royal School of Needlework
  • Best Use of Colour: Sponsored by the DMC Group
  • Best Miniature Needlecraft: Sponsored by Purelite
  • Designer of the Year - Cross Stitch: Sponsored by Immediate Media
  • Designer of the Year - Embroidery/Tapestry: Sponsored by Stitchtopia

Details of last year’s winners and pictures of the event can be found at

The National Needlecraft Awards 2019 are brought to you in association with the DMC Group,, Zweigart, Upper Street Events, Purelite,, the Royal School of Needlework, Immediate Media and Stitchtopia.

For further information, please contact: Kylie Featherstone,, 07739 392384.

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

Cockpit ArtsCockpit Arts Awards & Bursaries

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

The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’ Award
• Open to: Up to three makers working in knit to assist them to set up in business
• Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on January 8 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Harriet’s Trust Award ** NEW AWARD **
• Open to: A talented maker working in any craft discipline with a commitment to high quality craftsmanship
• Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on January 10 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award
• Open to: Talented leatherworkers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level
• Deadline for receipt of applications: applications accepted on a rolling basis

Further details and application forms are available to download from our website -, or please contact for further information or to express an interest.

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