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 Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award and the Festival of Quilts

Dorothy Caldwell How do we know it's WinterUpper Street Events have announced the launch of the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award, an international juried exhibition open to both amateur and professional artists using textiles as their medium. Their ultimate aim is to elevate and support the recognition and profile that textile artists receive within the UK and throughout the world. The new award will replace the former Fine Art Quilt Masters award that has been presented annually at the Festival of Quilts and will endeavour to break down some of the boundaries that currently exist between the various practices within textile art.

The new award will come with a £5,000 prize value, along with an additional prize of £500 for the most innovative use of textiles. You can see the full details about the award here, along with the application form for entry:

Their plan is to exhibit all finalists at both Festival of Quilts and The Knitting & Stitching Shows, where they will extend the private view activity launched this year.
To ensure the credibility of the award Upper Street Events are working with a high profile panel of judges who are all experts within their field. The full panel will be announced within the next two weeks.

Vlieseline logoThe final winner will be selected on site at the Festival of Quilts and will be announced during an awards ceremony on the opening day of the event at the NEC Birmingham on 1st August 2019.

The closing date for the competition is 3rd May 2019.

Third 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.)

Cotohele Panel 1Cotehele Strands of Time Embroideries - A project lead by Katy Choroszewska and members of Tavistock Branch

Cotehele is a beautiful National Trust house in east Cornwall which was owned by the Edgcumbe family for the best part of 600 years. In 2006 the House Collections Manager Rachel Hunt and Maureen King, (a long standing National Trust volunteer and member of the Tavistock Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild) came up with the idea of a series of large embroideries depicting the history of Cotehele and the Edgcumbe family. Katy Choroszewska, a local artist and Embroiderers' Guild member, became the designer for the project and after much discussion with both Rachel and Tavistock Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild she produced a cartoon for the first panel. A team of stitchers from the Tavistock Branch were formed and produced samples. It was decided that the design would be painted in full colour onto cotton fabric and fine embroidery would be stitched on top of the painting, adding depth and texture.

The first panel tells the story of Medieval Cotehele. Beginning in 1353, Hilaria de Cotehele (an heiress and ward of Edward III's brother) married William Edgcumbe (a younger son of the Edgcumbes of Milton Abbbot) stating by petition that she would have none other. Then came the licensing of the house chapel by the Bishop of Exeter in 1411 and finally, in 1483 Richard Edgcumbe, who was involved in rebellion against Richard III, escaped from Henry Trenowth. He weighed his hat down with a stone and threw it into the river Tamar so that his pursuers would believe that he had drowned.

Cotohele Panel 2Four stitchers, Maureen King, Kath Braven, Fran Baigent and Susan Wright have worked every Friday in the Education room at Cotehele for several years to complete the first panel. Money was raised by the National Trust for a beautiful carved pear wood frame and the panel is now on view in the Victorian library at Cotehele.

Cotohele Panel 2While the first panel was being stitched, Katy was researching, designing and painting the second panel which depicts Tudor and Stuart Cotehele. It begins with the knighting of Richard Edgcumbe on Bosworth field in 1485 and includes the early domestic clock still in situ in the house. It also features Richard Edgcumbe II with his three wives and his young and rich, very religious step mother Catherine, her two chaplains and her gentlewoman. The timeline of the panel ends with Colonel Piers Edgcumbe and King Charles I, who according to a family legend, visited Cotehele.

The stitching of this panel is now complete. The final stitches were made by Rachel Hunt and Nick Stokes, her successor as House and Collections Manager. The panel is awaiting framing, and will then be displayed in Cotehele House along side the first panel.

Cotohele Panel 3 The cartoon for the third panel was completed a year ago, this panel tells the story of Cotehele and the Edgcumbes from the end of the civil war until the end of the 18th century - Romantic Cotehele. It features the removal of old furniture from Mount Edgcumbe and the setting up of Cotehele house in Romantic Gothic style together with the visit of George III and Queen Charlotte. The red bed is included, illustrating the story of Anne Edgcumbe (nee Montagu) ‘dying’ and then waking up when a sexton attempted to steal a ring from her finger.

The design has been transferred to fine cotton fabric and Katy is currently working on the painting. The painting itself has taken 43 hours so far and Katy estimates it will take about another 100 hours to complete before the work on the embroidery can start.

Would you like to take part in the Strands of Time project?

We are looking for experienced local embroiderers who would like to stitch the embroidery for the Strands of Time - Romantic Cotehele panel.
If you are interested please contact Katy Choroszewska by email

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

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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