The work we do

The Guild is an educational charity. It achieves its charitable aims through the work of its members and network of branches and reaches out to schools and colleges and community groups. It encourages new talent to push the boundaries and at same time, nurtures traditional skills. It welcomes talents and interests at all levels and from all walks of life.

The Guild invites the best of each year’s graduates to exhibit their work at the Knitting & Stitching Shows, an excellent launch platform for their work and careers. It awards bursaries to Scholars, runs national and international competitions for amateur and professional embroiderers. The Guild has just launched a national award (the Beryl Dean Award) to encourage and recognise exceptional teaching and inspired learning.

Its members take part in a wide variety of activities from restoration work to mounting exhibitions and creating pieces that can be found in community centres, hospitals, and art galleries.

It is the national voice for embroidery and home for stitch and textile art.

Guild members contribute to this work with their time and effort and their subscriptions. The Guild raises money through the sale of its two public magazines (Stitch & Embroidery) but it still needs your help... and you can help in a number of ways.

  • Become a member – whether you are starting to stitch, keen to do more or developing your talent. Join here
  • Make a donation – perhaps a fixed sum for a specific purpose or a regular monthly or quarterly donation by direct debit to help us continue the work above. Donate
  • Remember the Guild in your Will – a way of making a lasting difference. Your gift would mean so much to us. If this is something you are thinking of doing please get in touch. Your solicitor will also be able to help you express your wishes. Legacies

You can meet a like-minded group of people and develop new friendships.
You can always learn something new or a new way of doing it, so if you are a beginner or a skilled embroiderer there should be something for you.

Our experienced members are always willing to pass on their knowledge and skills.Going to workshops you can learn new skills, and then adapt them to your own style. Entering competitions can push you and show you that you can do it.
Alex Vautier – Jersey Branch
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