Ethnic Embroidery Study Group

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 10.00am to 12.00pm and are open to all Guild members.

In 2017 the group is experimenting with a program designed to both increase members’ knowledge of Turkish embroidery, and add significantly to the database of the Guild’s Museum. We are planning to spend each of our monthly meetings examining one item (more if we prove more efficient over time) from the Museum’s Turkish collection. The items will be identified by the Museum Committee as ones needing more research and information for the Museum’s database. It is likely the items will include Turkish towels, bibilla, costumes and beading.