Our remit, expressed formally through our 'charitable aims', is to build awareness of stitch and textile art. We educate, encourage, inspire, and promote the achievement of excellence. This is a continuing journey. You may enter at any point.
The Guild welcomes people who are just getting started. You are the next generation of stitchers and textile artists. You may be forgiven for thinking that if it is called a 'Guild' it is stuffy, exclusive and you would not qualify. Nothing could be further from the truth. A warm welcome awaits.
We welcome those who are already stitching and are keen to do more or expand their horizons. Our courses and workshops are run primarily by 'EG Distance Learning' and our network of regional committees and branches. City and Guilds Levels 1 or 2 in hand and machine embroidery are always popular but available less and less in colleges and night-schools.
You could be a textile student or a professional artist. You may have your own business or are happy to act as a tutor or speaker from time to time. The 'Guild' welcomes you.
You could benefit from any of these activities. You could be a contributor and have the satisfaction of passing on your knowledge and skills to benefit others. You could be 5 to 95 (or more), male or female, with time to spare or time-poor... there is something here for you.
Please explore the site and return as often as you wish. You could of course Become a Member today - here are just some of the benefits, our up and coming projects and initiatives that you could take part in:
• We have been invited by the V & A to help them make the best of their Opus Anglicanum exhibition later this year.
• We create opportunities for members that other organisations do not.. e.g. the ability to take part in projects such as the Rainbow Squares, World's Longest Embroidery, Olympic Postcards, Magna Carta, Capability Brown, The Whitewalker from Game of Thrones.
• We support the best of rising talent each year via our graduate programme and appointment of Guild scholars.
• We are just starting a new world record attempt with the invitation to schools to be represented on the World's Longest Embroidery for Schools.
• We circulate ideas for branch programmes e.g. the Travelling Books - very successful in branches that have taken up the idea.
• We encourage teaching excellence through the Beryl Dean Award.
• We are increasingly engaging the public through exhibitions of the Collection and contemporary work by members (e.g. Capability Brown where the Guild arranged 46 exhibitions mainly in high footfall venues for a total of 156 months in 2016).
• We are working with major museums and galleries including the Ashmolean and V & A.
• We are preparing teaching support materials to be made available to schools over the next 18 months.
• We now have entry and intermediate level hand and machine embroidery courses to be offered via branches and as part of our distance learning programmes.
• We publish two magazines… Embroidery, recently highly rated for its focus on art and design and Stitch, which maintains a strong presence in the market and will be broadening its appeal over the coming issues.
• We handle over 100 requests for help and support from regions, branches and members per week.
• We now have 8 Pinterest boards and two Facebook pages and are building galleries for members-only on the Guild website.
• We are now planning member and public engagement projects for 2017, 2018 and 2020 with partners and potential partners including the National Trust and Guilds in other countries.
• We are building long term relationships with many of the ‘Capability Brown’ exhibition venues – members’ work being seen and appreciated in high footfall places.
• We are a national charity for the benefit of stitch and textile art. The only organisation in the world with this remit... i.e. to make embroidery and textile art a valued part of the skills and creativity landscape of a digital world.
Be a part of it… enjoy taking part, take pride in doing so knowing that, together, we are making a difference for stitch and textile art.