Guild News

National Celebration of Stitch 2018

The theme for the National Celebration of Stitch 2018 will be "Hearts". The date for 2018 will remain the first Saturday in August however some branches may choose a different day to respond to local events.

Member Opportunities for 10 years from 2011 to 2021

Postcard for NorwayIn 2011 we made a huge success of the ‘Olympic Postcards’ with exhibitions that spanned the length and breadth of the UK over a period of nearly 2 years. Members’ work was celebrated throughout the UK.

The ‘Big Stitch’ events followed. Then came the ‘Magna Carta’ project, albeit on a short leadtime and only open to a limited number of members. Nevertheless, it was a huge success.

You all know the ‘Capability Brown’ story of 45 exhibitions in mainly high footfall venues for a cumulative period of 156 months and seen by many tens of thousands of people. 120 branches and over 2000 members took part.

Whitwealker in productionIn the immediate past the Guild was asked to design and create a very special piece for the London representatives of HBO Television and ‘Game of Thrones’. This broke all records and expectations of what it takes to create a piece 18 feet long and 13 feet high… 2.5 months… yes, 2.5 months, not 2.5 years! This piece has been exhibited for the last 12 months to huge audiences from Cumbria to London.

So, what is next for Guild members? The following projects are still being set up but we are delighted to give members a heads-up on the following member and whole branch opportunities…

  • To be announced in detail after the summer break – exhibitions of 100 embroidered hearts, each heart telling its own story; one heart for every year since the end of World War 1. Full details to be published to members after the summer break. Exhibitions will start from September 2018. All members who wish to take part will be able to do so.

  • To be announced early in 2018 – a concept being developed by the Embroiderers’ Guild for selected and participating host exhibition venues, a unique exhibition of work based on and inspired by the archives of each venue. Members of branches may wish to work together and liaise with other branches to create these very special exhibitions.

  • Also to be announced later in 2018 – an international project involving embroiderers from three countries that will culminate in at least 50 exhibitions in the UK in 2020 and 2021 and perhaps a similar number of exhibitions in two other countries. Individual members and branches may wish tobe involved.

  • In addition, we are working on a ‘bonus opportunity’ for actioning at any time from 2019 for many years.

All these projects will take a huge amount of time to plan in detail to the point where, when members and branches decide whether they would like to take part, they have all the information they need to enjoy their involvement and make a great success of the opportunities.

There has never been a better time to be a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild! WATCH THIS SPACE!

CEO Terry Murphy Meets the Members

Terry MurphyThe Guild is planning for its future and your future as active and participating members. This must inevitably involve some changes, some unwanted and others that present new opportunities to all. Our intention is to explain the changes and answer questions on a face to face basis with members’ representatives in venues throughout the UK.

CEO, Terry Murphy, will be running a series of meetings in the second half of this year and in the first half of 2018. Regional Chairs are currently seeking venues for these meetings and will be making firm bookings over the next few months. Terry ran a series of these meetings in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In some instances members representing branches had long journeys to attend the meetings.

Terry is adding extra venues into the plan for 2017/18 with a view to minimising travel times for those who wish to attend. Venues and dates are already in place for the North East and Yorkshire Regions. Others will follow very soon.

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