Projects and Members Challenges

The Embroiderers’ Guild sets an annual Members Challenge. Entries are judged and prizes are awarded every year.

The annual brief for the Members’ Challenge is written by the judges and aims to encourage original design and a variety of embroidery techniques. We always provide a wide variety of visual stimulus on the website and ideas to take the members off into a myriad of ways of answering the brief. In other words, we want members to take the brief as a starting point.

Members can find the details of the latest challenge in the Members only area of this site.

Members Challenge 2022/2023: Layers

Take a look at the many layers that make up our understanding and experiences …

Members Challenge 2013/14: Tree Rhythms

The Members’ Challenge in 2013/14 was ‘Tree Rhythms’

Members Challenges 2017/2019

The winning entries for the Members’ Challenge competitions 2017-2010

Members Challenge 2021/2022: In and Out of Lockdown

The Members’ Challenge for 2022 was In and Out of Lockdown – or ‘My Lockdown Year

Members Challenge 2020/2021: Exquisite Containers

Historically people have saved, collected and protected very important objects which mean everything to them, for all kinds of reasons.

It also runs regular “Guild Projects” purely for member participation and enjoyment. The finished pieces are exhibited at various events during the year of the project. Here are some of our most recent projects:

100 Hearts War Stories

We invited Guild members to take part in the commemoration of the ending of WW1.

Capability Brown

The Capability Brown project was exhibited at 43 venues during 2016 as part of the UK’s Capability Brown Festival.

Game of Thrones: the Hardhome Embroidery

The White Walker – an artwork made to celebrate the release of ‘Game of Thrones’ Series 5 DVD.


The Guild project for 2019 was entitled “HOME”.

Page 17

Page 17 is a specially created exhibition of textile artistry where each piece takes a book as its inspiration.

Reasons to be Thankful: Thank You NHS

Giving Thanks to our NHS Heroes in Stitch