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: Textile Treasures of the Embroiderers' Guild

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

E G CollectionThe 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.

Embroiderers' Guild CollectionHighlights 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.

EG CollectionOpening 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!

Entry to the exhibition is free.

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:

Embroiderers' Guild at Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP

20th May - 17th June 2017

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

7th July - 8th August 2017

Hand & LockCelebrating British craftsmanship with London's oldest embroidery atelier

Hand & Lock GoldworkThis July, British embroidery house, Hand & Lock will be hosting a conference and exhibition dedicated to the subject of embroidery. An eclectic lineup of expert speakers will offer fascinating insight about the long history of embellishment in culture, fashion and society. Finally, leading trend predictor Geraldine Wharry will reveal the key embroidery trends we can expect to see emerge in the future. The full list of speakers secured for the conference include:

  • Principal Costume Embroiderer on Game of Thrones Michele Carragher
  • Fashion Historian , Amber Butchart
  • Director of the Textile Research Centre , Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
  • Artistic Director of the Embroiderers’ Guild , Anthea Godfrey
  • Haute Couture Embroidery Designer, Justine Avril
  • Senior Curators of the Imperial War Museum , Alan Jeffreys and Martin Boswell
  • Trend Forecaster Geraldine Wharry

Hand & Lock embroideryThe conference will also include an exclusive exhibition which features unique Hand & Lock archival pieces curated in association with the London College of Fashion. This exhibition is also a rare chance to see a special collection of one-of-a-kind embroidered handbags made in association with top international design houses. Hand & Lock partnered with designers including Vivienne Westwood, Patrick Cox, Lulu Guinness as well as brands such as Aspinal of London, Asprey, House of Holland and Agnes B to create 13 bags that reflect the long heritage of Hand & Lock as well as the design ethos of each respective brand. The bags will be auctioned by Sotheby's later in the year to raise funds for QEST and the H&L Prize for Embroidery; two British charities supporting emerging designers and craftspeople.

Hand & Lock embroideryHeld at London’s prestigious Bishopsgate Institute, the exhibition takes place on the 12th and 13th July with the conference taking place on the 13th. Students, enthusiasts, craftivists, designers and those working in fashion and design can benefit from the talks on offer which are conceived especially to stimulate inspiration and creativity. Organisers of the exhibition and conference, Hand & Lock are celebrating their 250th anniversary in 2017 and the event is an opportunity to highlight exquisite british craftsmanship, share the fascinating history and skills to help preserve this declining art. A rare once in a lifetime opportunity for the embroidery, craft and fashion communities to share their knowledge and skills and better sustain the collective creativity.

LOCATION: The Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH
DATES: Exhibition, 12 - 13 July 2017 / Conference, 13 July 2017
PRICES: Exhibition, £5.00 / Conference, £85.00 (includes entry to exhibition)

Embroiderers' Guild members can receive a 10% discount when booking tickets for the London Conference. Please see News for Members page on the members' side of the website for the code.

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