The contribution of the Textile Craft Guilds towards ensuring the continuation and development of a particular craft is often unrecognised.
In this blog we put the spotlight on the Eastern Region of the Embroiderers Guild and their activities which are typical of all such organisations,
The Embroiderers’ Guild is an educational charity that aims to promote embroidery and related arts to a wide and diverse audience.
If you are passionate about embroidery or looking to extend your interest in textile arts and crafts, then you would receive a warm welcome from your nearest branch. The Embroiderers’ Guild has more than 180 branches throughout the UK, 17 of which of here in the East of England, so the chances are that there’s a branch within travelling distance of your home.
Each branch creates its own calendar of programs and events – these typically include:
- Monthly meetings
- An interesting range of speakers on embroidery and related topics
- An opportunity to view the speakers’ working designs for ideas and inspiration
- Workshops where you can take part and learn new techniques from embroidery experts
- Regular newsletters
- Opportunities to seek advice, learn and talk about ‘works in progress’
If you’re new to embroidery and textile arts, you are still very welcome to become a Guild member. There will always be someone within the group who is happy to help you get started with any project. The Embroiderers’ Guild also attracts textile arts students and teachers, and actively promotes special awards for scholars and graduates.
You may also find that your local Guild branch gets involved with Regional Days, Inter-branch Days, exhibitions and fairs, giving you opportunities throughout the year to showcase your creations and meet up with fellow crafters who share your love of all things embroidery-related.
If you are young embroiderer or you have a child or teen who’s interested embroidery, some branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild run specialist ‘Young Embroiderers’ groups to give young people the opportunity to learn about textile arts and crafts under the tuition of experienced embroiderers.
Residential summer school
Each year, the Eastern Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild runs a popular residential weekend summer school. Other regions of the Guild may offer similar events. Next year’s Residential Weekend Summer School begins at 5pm on Wednesday 16th September at the delightful Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in Ditchingham, near Bungay (NR35 2DZ). The summer school is a highlight of the embroidery calendar, giving you the chance to undertake a range of projects and learn from experienced tutors on a variety of subjects. Beginners and experts (including members and non-members of the Guild) are equally welcome. The atmosphere is fun, friendly and inclusive. This year’s tutors are Kay Greenlees, Janet Edmonds and Gina Ferrari.
Visiting your local Embroiderers’ Guild branch
If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to become a fully-fledged member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, you’re welcome to attend a local branch meeting as a visitor to get a feel for the group and find out about what’s happening over the coming months.
You can find out more about visiting or joining the Embroiderers’ Guild East at www.embroiderersguildeast.co.uk or by emailing email@example.com. For information about the Embroiders’ Guild in your region, visit http://www.embroiderersguild.com/