Special Interest Groups
Have a passion for a particular type of embroidery? Then come along to a Group that shares your passion. Special Interest Groups are open to all Guild members.
The Beading Group meets on the 2nd Friday of the month from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Convenor:Eliza Bagley
The British Embroidery Study Group meets on the 5th Monday in the month at 10.30am. All Guild members welcome. Convenor: Gillian Smith
The Broderers Group is open to all members who enjoy fine needlework of any technique. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Convenor: Deidre Loorham
The Crewel Group has a monthly guidance day to stimulate a common interest in both traditional and contemporary use of crewel wools for embroidery.It is the use of these special woollen threads and the development of stitches and colour values that define crewel work. Meetings are on the 4th Thursday of the month. Convenor: Jennifer Alde
The Ethnic Embroidery Study Group
The purpose of the Ethnic Embroidery Study Group is to gain a greater understanding of embroidery through the study of traditional textiles from around the world.
The different techniques and materials used, the significance of traditional designs, the place of embroidery both domestically and ceremonially in the lives of people of other cultures are all explored by the study of embroideries from the Guild’s Museum and other public and private collections and through research and the sharing of knowledge.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10.30am to 2.30pm and are open to all Guild members.
The Felting Group meets on
The Hedebo Group meets on the 5th Sunday of the month.
The Japanese Embroidery Group meets at 9.30am on the 2nd Saturday of even months and the 4th Tuesday each month.This Group enjoys working with traditional techniques and designs to produce fine embroidery on silk using silk and metallic threads. Convenor: Julie Bowd
Our JEMS Group is for anyone aged 8 to 18 years, who has an interest in beginning embroidery or furthering their skills. Individuals work entirely at their own pace in the company of other young stitchers, with the support and guidance of tutors. Projects can be followed closely, or for those who are more competent other projects can be explored. Our aim is to have bright and useful projects which are achievable while learning the proper stitching techniques. We welcome you to join us for a session so that you can see the variety of projects that the students are working on.
The group meets from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on the1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, excluding the middle Saturday of school holidays. Please ring the Embroiderers’ Guild if you are interested in visiting or joining the JEMS Group to find out when our next meeting is. Convenor: Deb McGrath.
The Linen Lace Group will appeal to members who are interested in lace-like embroidery. This work is mainly done on woven and counted fabric. Examples of this work are Cutwork, Eyelet Work, Hardanger, Hedebo, Pulled Fabric Work, Drawn Thread Work and lace-making using a needle and thread.This Group meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Convenor: Soly Milics
The Metal Thread Group holds guidance days on the 2nd Friday of the month.Experienced members are in attendance and the emphasis is on the sharing of ideas and expertise.Occasional formal workshops are held to cater for any special interests of students.Beginners are encouraged and will be introduced to the technique. A starter kit of suitable materials is available at a small charge.Square frames are essential and may be purchased on attendance if necessary. Convenor: Jennifer Alde
The No Limits Group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month. It is an enthusiastic Group for members interested in experimenting and creating with different techniques, materials and ideas. Convenor: Sheana Davies
The Patchwork & Quilting Group is for members interested in the use of multiple fabrics pieced together in a multitude of patterns either by hand or machine stitching. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Convenor: Gwen Deare
The Sampler & Counted Threads Group encourages and assists members in the making of their own samplers by helping each other with references and exchange of ideas. Samplers are not necessarily done in cross stitch.Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month. Convenor:Margaret Baxter