'Reasons to be Thankful: Thank You NHS' Project


'Reasons to be Thankful: Thank You NHS' wall hangings

Giving Thanks to our NHS Heroes in Stitch

At the beginning of the pandemic, when so many of us were becoming increasingly reliant on medical help from our amazing NHS, the members of the Embroiderers’ Guild decided to come together to show their support, appreciation and sincere thanks in the way that they know best – through the medium of stitch.

Our members were invited to each produce a stitched square which expressed their own personal and heartfelt message of thanks to our NHS.  These would be joined together to produce a series of wall hangings to offer to NHS institutions. We received 176 stitched ‘Thank You’ squares and produced three wall hangings.

Our members have poured their hearts into this project, many of them sharing personal and touching stories of what the NHS means to them - whether it has been delivering their babies, supporting them through illness, saving lives or being there to care for their loved ones at a time when they needed it most. The embroidery produced by Guild members serves to remind everyone of the crisis, but also to thank our selfless NHS staff across the nation for their personal sacrifice.

Stitched square by EG member, Chris Fraser (No. 132 Panel B)

Where will the Wall Hangings be on Display?

We are excited to have recently found out that the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are now arranging for the panels to be hung. We are currently waiting for further information and we look forward to sharing the news in our 'Reasons to be Thankful: Thank You NHS - Part 2' e-book. The 2nd part of our e-book series was originally scheduled to be published at the end of May however we have made the decision to delay the publication to the Summer months when we can let you know when and where the panels will be on display. We thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, if you haven't already, why not take a look at our 'Reasons to be Thankful: Thank You NHS - Part 1' e-book below...


What you will find in this e-book:

  • The project concept
  • The project brief
  • Take a close look at the first half of the stitched squares
  • The final wall hangings

Membership to the Embroiderers' Guild entitles you to many benefits including the chance to take part in large scale national projects like 'Reasons to be Thankful: Thank You NHS' and receiving member-exclusive e-books. Learn more about EG membership or JOIN TODAY. If you join today, you will be joining us just in time to receive 'Reasons to be Thankful: Thank You NHS - Part 2' e-book and you won't want to miss it!