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The Embroiderers' Guild presents: TALKING THREADS

A series of online events featuring two artists in discussion with 'Stitchery Stories' podcast host Susan Weeks

The Embroiderers' Guild's latest series of online events bring together two artists in conversation with Susan Weeks, podcast host of 'Stitchery Stories', throughout September to December. Textile artists involved in the series are Hannah Maughan, Karen Nicol, Clare Wellesley-Smith, Mandy Patullo and more to be announced!



The Embroiderers' Guild presents: THREAD TALKS

A series of online lectures hosted by the Embroiderers' Guild
The Embroiderers' Guild are delighted to introduce their new series of online lectures “THREAD TALKS”. Varied speakers will talk about creativity, how to resolve blocks, how they create and their inspirations. The speakers for this series are textile artists Nicky Barfoot, Angie Hughes, Ninya Mikhaila and Maria Wigley.



Embroiderers’ Guild Transfers Collection by Annette Collinge on Sewing Street

This book features ninety designs for iron on transfer embroideries from original Embroiderers’ Guild transfer designs. In the early to mid 20th century these designs featured prominently at the Embroiderers’ Guild and were an important income source. Falling out of favour with the advent of new creative embroidery techniques, the Guild’s huge stock of transfers was consigned to a dusty corner of the Collection room before being sold and even thrown away. One box was rescued and this book features designs from that box.

This treasure trove of design inspiration is presented in two separate books enclosed in a hardback folder. The Reusable Iron-on Transfers book includes 90 designs that you can cut out and store in the pocket inside the folder after use. This is accompanied by a little history, comprehensive instructions and, most importantly, Twenty six beautifully worked examples to inspire you. A team of embroiderers, all members of the Embroiderers’ Guild, worked for over a year on the designs before submitting them for photography to Search Press. Designs were chosen to reflect the variety of hot iron transfers available and how the designs might be used to create interesting effects.
Find out more and order your copy HERE



The Worshipful Company of Broderers invites artists to submit embroidery artworks for an art exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London. The Broderers’ Exhibition: The Art of Embroidery is an open-submission art exhibition, open to UK & International artists (over 18). We are seeking submissions that demonstrate embroidery as an art. Full details can be found at 


An Exhibition of Contemporary Stitched Art Textiles

This exhibition of textiles and mixed media work has been created by the Visualise textile group (formerly
ISE). It was formed several years ago, by like-minded artists who enjoy creating diverse work with stitch as the common thread.

On display are abstract, realistic and figurative art using a wide variety of media: paper, fabric (new, distressed and recycled) and found objects: these are hand and machine stitched, or felted to create art inspired by both the natural world and the built environment. The exhibition includes work inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and 78 Derngate, Northampton.

Venue: 78 Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UH, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House
Date: Tuesday 18th May until Sunday 18th July 2021
Opening Times: 10am – 5pm - free admission to galleries and shop

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An exhibition of textile artworks by Nikki Parmenter and Textile Connections (Formely Glossop and District Embroiderers' Guild).

Venue: Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Trinity St, Stalybridge SK15 2BN

Date: 19 June - 25 September 2021

Opening times: Wednesday 1pm - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm



Exciting news from SEARCH PRESS

A 20% discount is now being offered to all Embroiderers’ Guild members on any book published by Search Press.
Browse their website for a wonderful choice of great books:

Choose your books, order with this special code EMBG20 to get your discount and benefit the Guild as well.
Postage is free, books are dispatched promptly and delivered by Royal Mail

The Pocket Winter Design Competition

The Winners

In the later months of 2020, the art team at Yale University Press ran a very special winter version of the popular Pocket Design Competition for members of The Embroiderers’ Guild and The Quilters’ Guild.

Inspired by The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660-1900 by Barbara Burman and Ariane Fennetaux, we asked participants to submit an original, winter-inspired design for an 18th century pocket in order to be in with the chance of winning £100 worth of fashion and textile history books from Yale University Press.

The standard of entries was incredibly high, and judges Barbara and Ariane were truly impressed with the creativity and dedication shown by everyone who participated. In the end, however, they settled on their winners, and we’re delighted to share them with you all here!