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 45 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.
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.
Our next exhibition 'Through the Window and Beyond the Gate' will be in February 2017.
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 June 2016
Change of Programme
Discussion and question and answer session about the upcoming exhibition-"Through the Window, Beyond the Gate"
followed by Stitch and Chat.
Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Strawberry Tea
(not at St. Andrews)
Saturday 6th August
National Celebration of Stitch Day
(not at St. Andrews)
Saturday 3rd September 2016
Nuts and Bolts of Bag Making - Kathryn Thompson
Saturday 1st October 2016
P.M. Stitch and Chat with two optional work tables-
a). Take Three Stitches - Carolynne Parkinson
b). Regional Travelling Book- Ann Reading
Saturday 5th November
Shibori- Gill Ferguson
Saturday 3rd December
P.M. Entertainer - Katy Bradley
Through the Window and Beyond the Gate
at Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, Brock, PR3 0BT Friday 24th February- Sunday 26th February 2017 10:00am-4:00pm