Embroiderers' Guild Western Australia

The Embroiderers' Guild of Western Australia

The Embroiderers' Guild of Western Australia have sent their latest newsletter for the interest of Embroiderers' Guild UK members (August/September 2020). Please click on this link to view: The Embroiderer Aug/Sep 2020


Welcome to the Embroiderers' Guild Qld. Inc.

Our Guild has a love of the fine arts and especially that of embroidery, which has its origins in ancient times. Through the ages, people of all backgrounds and ethnic diversity have wanted to beautify their clothes and homes. Whilst the Guild has kept the traditional forms of embroidery alive, we are now embracing newer exciting forms of stitching. We do this through offering a wide range of classes for adults and children.

Deborah Love


Our Mission Statement is:

To promote, preserve and encourage all aspects of embroidery by providing a venue for embroiderers to meet, classes to be held and heirloom pieces to be collected.

The President of the Queensland Guild is an Honorary Member of the UK Embroiderers’ Guild


Encouraging the art of embroidery with a high standard of design and technique.

The Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc.

The 'Guild' is a not-for-profit membership body for anyone and everyone who loves to stitch or would love to learn. Founded in 1957, we have around 1600 members and over 60 groups throughout NSW. People of all ages and walks of life join the Guild for all sorts of reasons: following their creative urge; mastery of a new skill; a love of traditional crafts; memories of learning from family members; the company of like-minded people - just to name a few!

The President of the NSW Guild is an Honorary Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild


Founded in 1960, we now have approximately 1500 members throughout Victoria, Australia, including 10 regional country branches and 2 country groups.

Our home in Malvern (a suburb of Melbourne) provides a friendly centre for members to attend classes, enjoy talks, meetings, exhibitions and displays. Classes range from beginners to more experienced, as well as Intermediate and Masterclasses.

Special interest groups exist for a range of techniques such as counted thread work, canvas work, crewel work, gold work, stump work, lace making, machine embroidery, patchwork, beading and tassel making, ceremonial embroidery and more.

The Embroiderers' Guild, Victoria is the custodian of an outstanding collection of historic and contemporary needlework, consisting of over 1500 items. The diverse collection includes items such as samplers, clothing, accessories, ethnic and household linen, to name but a few.

The President of the Victorian Guild Linda Hagar (a former member of the London Branch) is an Honorary Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild

In April 2016, I took on the role of State President and my aim is to carry on the work of my predecessor, Ann Denmead, in growing our membership, offering classes and opportunities for getting together with like-minded people to enjoy fun and friendship and keep the art and love of embroidery alive throughout the State.

The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria (Australia) welcomes all UK members. We embrace every style of embroidery, from deeply traditional to wildly contemporary. Would you like to link with one of our groups? Or visit us on Facebook>. We'd love to keep in touch.

Linda Hagar - State President


The Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Inc. was established over 50 years ago in 1965. Since then, membership has grown to over 500 across South Australia with members ranging in age from 8 years old to their 90s. There are 12 country branches at the Barossa Valley, Bordertown, Copper Triangle, Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Gawler, Mt Gambier, Naracoorte, Port Pirie, Riverland, South Coast and Yorke Peninsula. Our Port Pirie Branch Branch is twinned with Plymouth embroiderers in the UK. Our Thursday evening stitching group exchanges handmade Christmas decorations with The Common Thread stitching group, Surrey, UK.
Our Adelaide premises, library and fully accredited Museum are located at 16 Hughes Street, Mile End. The library collection has grown to 3500 books, periodicals and other publications including some quite rare items. The Museum has a collection of around 2000 items. One of the Museum’s objectives is to preserve the embroidery heritage of all South Australians.
Our Guild has always been focused on sharing our knowledge of embroidery. Inevitably, enduring friendships arise from such sharing, as expressed so succinctly below.
In the end, around the world and throughout time, embroidery has always been essentially about people and it is the people whom I have met and the friends that I have made that have been my greatest gain. (2002)
Maureen Holbrook OAM, a Guild member for 47 years.
Life Member: Past President: Past Museum Curator.

For further details, visit the Guild’s Facebook page or our website at:

The President of the South Australian Guild is an Honorary member of the Guild.
Joylene Smart
The Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Inc.
The Golden Palace, pictured below, was worked by our Linen Lace group and it was awarded Best Embroidery Exhibit in the 2014 Royal Adelaide Show.

The Golden Palace


The Embroiderers' Guild of Tasmania

The Embroiderers' Guild of Tasmania, founded in 1968, promotes and encourages the co-operation and interchange of ideas among those engaged in or interested in embroidery and related crafts. This is achieved through informal weekly meetings where members work on a wide range of embroidery styles. The extensive library is available to extend members' skills. There are regular workshops and classes.

The President of the Tasmanian Guild is an Honorary Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild


Australia-PCT2.jpgThe Guild had its beginning in 1962 when Doreen Warren, wife of the rector of a new Anglican church in the Canberra suburb of O'Connor, sought out women who might create the embroidered linen needed for the church. She gathered together a small group who shared a mutual love of embroidery. These women became the founding members of the Guild.

During those early years meetings were held in the homes of members. 31 members attended the first annual general meeting in 1963. In 1969 a Constitution was written and adopted and the group became the Embroiderers' Guild ACT. Incorporation followed in 1983.

The Guild's banner was completed by Guild members in the early 1990s. The following techniques were used from the top clockwise: crazy patchwork, pulled thread work, crewel work, blackwork, surface stitching, counted thread work and with the ACT's emblem, the royal bluebell, in the centre.

You will find a copy of our most recent newsletter The Crimson Thread August/September 2020 by clicking on this link The Crimson Thread

The President of the ACT Guild is an Honorary Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild

Please see our website for much more information

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