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 Stitch

The Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Gallery at Bucks County Museum

Some of the finest and more unusual pieces from the Guild's stunning collections of historical and contemporary embroidery are currently on display.

See our webspage dedicated to the Beryl Dean Gallery for more details.

Stitchmas In July from AurifilStitchmas in July - a Cross Stitch Project to get a head start this year from Aurifil Threads

Aurifil Threads have sent us a fun project for July. You will find it also on our Facebook page. Don't forget to see the full range of Aurifil threads on their stand at the Festival of Quilts 1st - 4th August 2019

We've officially jumped on the handmade holiday train and have found the perfect way to get a head start this year!

Introducing Stitch-Mas in July, Aurifil's very first advent-style stitch along offering a stunning lineup of 25 FREE cross stitch motfs. The patterns are easily stitchable and perfect to make a full sampler or as individual ornaments, gift tags, cards and more!

Aurifil StitchmasStarting 1st July we will release one pattern per day. It could be one of 21 patterns skillfully designed by Elly Destro (a cross-stitch enthusiast) based in our Milan office or it could be one of 4 patterns generously offered by our four phenomenal guest designers. Here is the website link to the patterns

Aurifil Stitchmas Aurifil Stitchmas in JulyNew patterns will be available on our website each day and we'll be sure to send out daily reminders via Instagram and Facebook stories. Our featured designer patterns will launch on Auribuzz weekly, complete with cross stitch tips and tutorials and project ideas for finishing each pattern into a special gift for the holiday.

Aurifil Stitchmas CollectionOur No. 1 must-have for all this holiday stitching? Meet Merry Stitch-mas - a brand new collection of 7 vibrant and festive colours of our luscious 6 strand divisible floss. Presented in a custom designed pack, Merry Stitch-mas sets the stage for endless hours of creative possibilities. Click on this link to see this collection The website has a link to Aurifil retailers.

Brooke Hospital for Animals - Art Exhibition and online auction 23 - 28 September 2019

100 Heart entry on display and for auction

Judi Brown, Embroiderers' Guild member (Glossop Branch), contacted us to tell us about an exhibition and auction in aid of The Brooke Hospital for Animals taking place in September this year.

Every Horse Remembered by Judi BrownThe Brooke works to raise awareness of the plight and welfare of working equines worldwide. It was founded by an English woman in Egypt in 1934 to rescue old English war horses left in Egypt after World War I. Judi told us that she developed an interest in the charity because in 1934 her father was working with army horses in Egypt and his diary recorded his concerns about how hard they worked in the desert. She has supported this charity now for over 30 years and in May this year emailed The Brooke to offer a donation of the Heart that she created for the Embroiderers' Guild 100 Hearts Project. The Brooke were very pleased to accept her donation and told her that, coincidentally, they were putting together an exhibition and auction of artwork and would like to include her Heart in this.

The Brooke Hospital for AnimalsThis is the Brooke's first ever fund-raising exhibition and is entitled "Tails from the Field" which will show a collection of artwork depicting working horses, donkeys and mules from around the world. It will be held at Cheshire Regimental Museum, Chester Castle, Chester CH1 2DN (entry £4 or £2 for concessions). See The Brooke's website for more information on the exhibition.

An online auction has been created (live from 1st July) for advance bidding on the artworks, including Judi's embroidered Heart. The online auction site can be viewed at

For more information on the work of The Brooke

The Festival of Quilts - NEC, Halls 7, 8 & 9, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th August 2019, 10.00 am - 5.30pm daily except Sunday (closes 5pm)

Festival of QuiltsThe Festival of Quilts is Europe’s biggest patchwork and quilting event, attracting 25,000+ visitors from all over the world. Highlights include: 800 competition quilts; 400+ workshops; talks, lectures and demonstrations; social events; and 300+ exhibitors.

The Festival’s galleries will feature work by internationally-acclaimed artists and groups including Michael James, India Flint, Eszter Bornemisza and Karina Thompson. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Nebraska will be showing an exhibition of 19th Century Baltimore Album Quilts.

YouTube quilt star Jenny Doan (Missouri Star Quilt Company) will fly in to present a daily Trunk Show. Artists will be live at work in the Creative Textiles Studio, there’s a catwalk show of wearable art from Russia and in the Japanese Pavilion will be handpicked companies from the International Great Quilt Festival, Tokyo. At the Lewis & Irene garden party, visitors can view new fabrics while sipping a glass of bubbly.

Tickets: £16.50 in advance, £15 concessions, £8 children (5-18)

Contact 0844 858 6749

Clock TowerThird Emberton Summer Art Exhibition - 19th - 23rd July 2013

All Saints' Church, Emberton near Olney, Bucks MK46 5QG

Following on from the successes of 2016 and 2017, the third Emberton Summer Art Exhibition will be taking place in All Saints’ Church, Emberton, near Olney, in July.

Last year several hundred visitors attended the exhibition, following on from the seventy guests who attended the Preview on the Friday evening before. The evening guests enjoyed the experience of sipping champagne and nibbling canapes as they viewed the exhibits by local artists. A wealth of talent was on display – from delicate watercolours and pencil drawings to vibrant acrylic work, beautifully crafted wooden bowls and ceramics.

The work of over 60 artists and crafts people were exhibited, and the artists themselves were able to chat to visitors about their work during the Friday evening, and over the weekend. Some artists also took part in workshops and masterclasses.

This year the clarion call is to ARTISTS and VISITORS. We would be very interested in hearing from any artists and crafts people who would like to take part in the exhibition. Further details can be obtained from Caroline Ellis on (01234) 712073 or Sheila at

And …… we would love more visitors! We pride ourselves on staging a very professional exhibition which provides an ideal stage for talented artists and artisans to display and sell their works, and for art lovers and supporters of local artists to enjoy a super spectacle of artistic endeavour!

So, if you are a budding artist or looking to purchase artworks, Emberton is the place to be this July. (Emberton is a small village in north Buckinghamshire, some 10 miles north of Milton Keynes on the A509.)

Flags of ThanksFlags of Thanks - a project to reflect gratitude and support for the Armed Forces Community - open to all members of the Embroiderers' Guild

Neil Stace, the "Sewing Soldier" from the BBC TV programme "The Sewing Bee" is spearheading a project called "Flags of Thanks" and is asking for your help.

He is asking the nation to create customised quilted flags that reflect their gratitude and support for the Armed Forces Community, from those currently serving and veterans. All the flags will be displayed in a public exhibition in Salisbury as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations. After the display, his plan is to join the flags together to make something useful like quilts, ponchos or sleeping bags. These will be gifted to veterans who are or have previously been homeless as a gesture of support and community. The quilt is symbolic of having a home and the making of quilts has been a part of the Armed forces, dating back to the Crimean War. Neil believes that receiving such gifts that have been personally made will have a considerable positive impact on the individuals. His target is a 1000 flags, so he needs our help help in making them.

The PDF Flags of Thanks document below gives details of the Flags and the website gives more details about the project and where to send the flags when complete. (please note the website is still being worked on so not all the links will work).

Flags of Thanks Document

The flag designs can be patchwork, appliqué, embroidered, drawn or painted with washable fabric ink, or any combination. Designs are to be military themed images or literal messages of thankfulness. There are some examples in the instructions.

For those who have not sewn or quilted before please create a flag and Neil will do the quilting and binding.

Deadline for the Flags is 10 June 2019.

Please email Neil - with any questions or just to confirm you want to make a flag so he has an idea of numbers.

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 / 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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