Who we are
Preston Embroiderers' Guild is a lively, exciting place to come and enjoy yourself. Play our short welcome video opposite to get a feel of what we are about. Then do come along. You won't regret it.
The Embroiderers’ Guild is a national organisation with 196 Branches and approximately 10,000 adult members who all share a passion for the art of embroidery and a desire to meet people with similar interests.
The Preston Branch is an established friendly group which currently has 44 members. We meet on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 4pm and from September to June. We have a varied programme of Day Schools and Workshops each month. Day Schools are given by nationally and regionally acclaimed tutors where we learn new techniques and skills and we also have occasional lectures on a variety of textile based subjects.
Invited speakers may inspire with a talk about their own work, others may lecture on the history of textiles or techniques of other countries, such as batik or talk about their embroidery related travels.
Workshops are given by our own members who have a wide range of skills in embroidery and textiles, craft and design both traditional and contemporary and are more than willing to offer advice. There won’t be many areas we don’t know about!
We have recently introduced a mentoring scheme for members who wish to learn about specific techniques as we have members who are expert in fine traditional stitch including gold work, black work, crewelwork, cross-stitch, and Wessex stitch. Others can help with patchwork and quilting, or perhaps you would be interested in ‘Art’ doll making? Felt making and needle felting are skills we can share as well. We have members who specialise in free machine embroidery, hand embroidery or fabric manipulation.
If you prefer you can come and bring your own work, ask for help if necessary and share ideas.
Each month we have a sales table and a raffle, we have a small library of books and DVD’s to lend out and we have branch competitions and exhibitions. Every other year we hold a major exhibition of our work. In 2014 our exhibition at Barton Grange, was called " Follow the Thread". 2015 was our Diamond Anniversary - 60 years of the Embroiderers' Guild in Preston.
Our next exhibition 'Through the Window and Beyond the Gate' will be in February 2017.
We also hold 'pop-up' exhibitions and workshops and have joined in 'National Stitch Day' in August at The Harris Library in Preston to help spread the word about the Guild showing our members' work and sharing our skills with the public.
Take a look at our ‘Gallery’ to see our 60th Anniversary piece- a timeline of postcards showing events and designs from around Preston and Lancashire. Photographs of the Travelling Books will be added soon.
If you enjoy sewing or want to learn a new embroidery related skill or just spend time stitching in the company of like-minded people, beginner or expert, this is the place to be.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
(Requirements for the next workshop can be found in the notices tab)
All events start at 10 am unless marked otherwise.
Saturday 4th February
Stitch and Chat
Friday 24th February- Sunday 26th February
Through the Window and Beyond the Gate
Barton Grange Garden Centre,
Garstang Road, Brock, PR3 0BT
(note: the exhibition will be set up on Thursday 23rd February and taken down on Monday 27th February)
Saturday 4th March
Wet felting - Lesley King
Saturday 1st April
Traditional Crewel Work - Sue Abbott
NW Regional Day- Lancaster
Saturday 22nd April
Competition: Entrance ways, gates and doors
Saturday 6th May
Beading- Mel Charters
Saturday 3rd June
Colourcraft - Laura Burkinshaw
Saturday 1st July
(not at St.Andrews)
Saturday 2nd September
'All Dolled Up' - Maggie Hickman-Smith
Saturday 7th October
am - AGM
pm - Stitch and Chat
NW Region AGM - Garstang
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 4th November
Her Personal Journey - Carol Dawber
Saturday 2nd December
pm - Rachel Midgley - The Gawthorpe Collection