Young Embroiderers

The Junior Embroiderers section of the Guild is devoted to encouraging and supporting young people who want to take up embroidery and textiles, from those just making their first stitches to students wanting to base their careers on this area of art and design. The Embroiderers' Guild started over 100 years ago with the aim of encouraging and educating people in the skills and art of embroidery and the Young Embroiderers section of the Embroiderers’ Guild started over 40 years ago.

Just like the adult members of the Embroiderers' Guild, the Young Embroiderers are invited to participate in an annual members' competition which is known as the de Denne Competition. It usually has the same theme as the Members' Challenge.

We encourage entries from all our members and the competition is judged on interpretation, skills and originality.


Miles, who belongs to our Oswestry group, wrote to Blue Peter in November 2018 about belonging to JETS/Young Embroiderers. Here is what he said:

Hey Blue Peter

Miles with his Blue Peter LetterI'm Miles and I am nine years old. I really like your show so I was wondering if I could get the blue badge. Even though I am a boy I am into embroidery (stitching). I go to a club called JETS (Junior Embroiderers and Textile Students - which my grandma takes me to the first Saturday of every month. I have been doing it for at least two years now and I have got very good at it. I have made a bug, a coat of arms and also I am halfway through a house. Here are some examples of my work:

Coat of Arms by Miles 3D Bug by Miles
Coat of Arms by Miles 3D Bug by Miles

I have included a copy of the certificate I got from the Regional Competition. I hope this is enough to get the blue badge.

From Miles

P.S. don't tell Radzi but Lindsey is my favourite!

and here is the letter from Blue Peter:

Blue Peter Letter

Postal Pages - an idea for Young Embroiderers' Groups

Postal Page by Isobel Chinhengo Oswestry GroupThis idea is an adaptation of the "Travelling Books" activity which many of the adult branches of the Embroiderers' Guild take part in and is designed to get youngsters stitching and sharing. Travelling Books are a form of "textile ideas book" and we are looking for Young Embroiderers' groups who would like to participate in a similar project.

Group Leaders - Please see the webpage "Postal Pages" for full details of how your group members can join in with the activity you will be asked to log in to the Members' side of the website

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