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Zoom Meeting Opportunities

posted 2 Mar 2021, 23:39 by Suella Postles

Zoom meeting opportunities

Information from the EMREG site:

Several Branches are now offering Zoom meetings for both talks by Textile Artists and Workshops.   
Check out the Branch Pages from Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire or Rutland & Stamford to see what they are currently offering through Zoom.  

Members from other Branches or anyone interested in the textile world could possibly join in these meetings.   
Go to the EMREG page emreg.org.uk/website/announcements/zoommeetings
Click on the Branch name to go to their page for details of who to contact and how to join in with Zoom meetings.

Free Zoom Programme Fillers from Ann Pocklington

posted 2 Mar 2021, 23:26 by Suella Postles


Letter from Marianne Young - Vice Chairman of EMREG

posted 2 Mar 2021, 23:21 by Suella Postles

Letter from Marianne Young - Vice Chairman of EMREG

By IT Admin on Mar 02, 2021 10:59 am
Last Thursday  18th February a  notice from the Embroiderers Guild arrived advising members that the Trustees had called a General meeting to be held on Thursday 4th March. The proposed resolution leaves the members with very little option and no chance of time  to negotiate or explore any other options. And in their opinion the branches and regions are no longer viable financially- 1500 people did not renew in September this alone represents lost income of £57k. This whole situation, has arisen very quickly and there are many reasons why immediate steps were also taken to freeze the Bank accounts, and why a system was put in place in order  for branch treasurers to pay off any invoices already in process for February, March and April.You can find the notice of the meeting and Answers to Questions here:https://embroiderersguild.com/Also there is a podcast interview with Dr Penny Hill, Guild Trustee via stitchery storieshttps://www.stitcherystories.com/This is indeed a very sorry situation that we find ourselves in, the Guild has had many troubles since it was formed, finance, premises and management have been constant issues, and we all have experience and opinions on this, and how we got here or were brought here, and I suggest that if you have specific questions they are forwarded as set out in the notice from the trustees.Many existing members have expressed their disappointment,disapproval and disagreement with this situation,understandably and it is very difficult for some to see any positives - however this situation also does present opportunity for us.I have had contact with many branches who have said they do not want to lose contact and they feel strongly that the relationships that they have with each other through branches should carry on and they are willing to set up as independent stitch groups - and as we are hopefully moving out of the oppression that Covid has wrought upon us we may soon be able to resume a new normal in many ways. Albeit with the Apron strings of the Guild removed. Firstly we need to build the network that will connect and sustain us over the first few stormy months ( the data protection requirements mean that our regional data base is likely to be unavailable very soon)Therefore, the regional committee would like to ensure we have those connections, and Alyssa Robinson from Market Harborough, has initially set up a WhatsApp group that we can use to begin with. So that these contacts are not lost we would like one contact please from each existing branchPlease text a mobile telephone number to Alyssa to be added.07788842203 or contact Alyssaharborougheg@gmail.comStating name and current branch.Alyssa has offered to collate this group for us for the purpose of purely staying connected until we have other systems in place.The existing Regional Committee, all its former committee members and Chairs have always worked hard for the Region and we are still here and willing to help where we can. East Midlands Region has always been active and financially stable.Embroidery and a love of stitch and textiles is what brought us all together and I wholeheartedly believe this will hold us together, we are after all the same people, just a different umbrella now.Please use your vote and hopefully we will go forwards with at least a start up grant, our other branch and regional assets in our possession and not taken by a liquidator.Thanks to everyone who has been part of these fantastic branches and the part they have played in spreading our embroidery joy.Marianne Young.
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Embroider Your Future - free virtual summer school

posted 28 Jun 2020, 23:05 by Suella Postles

Embroider Your Future - free virtual summer school

Share with anyone new to stitch.

Embroider Your Future is a free virtual summer school, perfect for school and college students interested in a career or further education in textiles and the arts.

The summer school will be delivered by embroidery artist Elnaz Yazdani in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and the Embroiderers’ Guild.

Embroidery plays a huge role in many creative industries and career routes: fashion, textiles, costume, graphic design and contemporary art & illustration.

If you are interested in embroidery or studying an arts degree at university then Embroider your Future will be perfect for you!

The summer school will be delivered live online via Zoom 27th July – 31st July 2020 10am-12pm. Participants can take part at home.

By attending, you will gain brand new skills and knowledge and a course certificate for completing the summer school.

You need to be at least 15 years old and have an interest in art, design or textiles. School teachers and college tutors are also welcome to join in alongside their students.

It will be a fun week of creativity and online learning, so sign up now!

CONTACT: e.yazdani@hud.ac.uk

Find us on social media @elnazyazdani @ada_huddersfield @embroiderersguildukofficial

Share the hashtag #embroideryourfuture and tag us in your creations throughout the week.

Please join the Zoom meetings 10-15 mins before the 10am start times to ensure you can log in without any problems and for a prompt start.

Monday 27th July 2020

10am - 12noon Hand embroidery with artist Elnaz Yazdani

Tuesday 28th July 2020

10am - 12noon Experimental beading with artist Elnaz Yazdani

Wednesday 29th July 2020

10am - 1.30pm Inspiring talks from embroidery artists and designers

Thursday 30th July 2020

10am - 12noon Appliqué and cutwork with artist Melissa Fletcher

Friday 31st July 2020

10am - 12noon Fabric manipulation with artists Elnaz & Melissa

Materials you need for the summer school:

  • Needles (embroidery needles, assorted sizes if possible)
  • Threads or yarns (if you can get it through the eye of your needle you can stitch with it)
  • Fabrics (you can reuse old clothes, old bed sheets, plain fabrics, patterned fabrics – anything you can get hold of)
  • Scissors
  • An embroidery hoop
  • Paper and card
  • Beads
  • Sequins
  • Pencil and pens
  • Ruler and stapler
  • Experimental materials, reuse, recycle (paper clips, elastic bands, bottle tops, loom bands, plastic bags, old jewellery and anything else you see fit for the experimental embroidery lesson)

You can participate in the summer school with some or all of the above materials or feel free to watch if you don’t have access to materials.

If you can and wish to order supplies for the week, here are a few helpful links:

Beads http://www.spellboundbead.co.uk

Hoops, needles & threads: https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Recycled materials: https://scrapstuff.co.uk/

Fabrics: https://www.fabworks.co.uk

The summer school is happening online due to the coronavirus lockdown. If you are unable to participate online, please get in touch using the email address above to receive information about Embroider Your Future courses happening at a later date at the University of Huddersfield ADA Barbara Hepworth Building.

The Story of the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection: Part 2.

posted 16 Jun 2020, 01:21 by Suella Postles

The Embroiderers' Guild

The Story of the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection: Part 2.

Guild Collection  Part 2

Hello Suella,

We hope you enjoyed The Story of the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection: Part 1.

Join us on a new journey for the second half of our story as we shift our focus to the exciting international examples from the Collection which have been gathered from around the world – through Europe to Asia and beyond.

Just Click the Button below to access The Collection, Part 2.

PS Remember to click on the grey circle marked ‘Full Screen’ that appears in the centre of the front page.

Alternatively, you can view it in the Members’ Room of the Embroiderers’ Guild website by clicking on the button below.

Introducing the Collection: Part 2

We hope you enjoy it.

NCCD: Black Lives Matter resources

posted 15 Jun 2020, 10:18 by Suella Postles

At Home with NCCD this June

We stand up to racism and support equality in the craft, design and dance sector.

Like many of you, the events of the last few weeks following the death of George Floyd in the US and the Black Lives Matters protests around the world, have prompted us to consider our own actions as individuals and as organisations.

We are fully committed to supporting and championing a sector that aims to be inclusive and actively anti-racist.

We appreciate that we still have a lot of work to do and know we need to do more to amplify and present the work and voices of Black makers, performers and artists.

We fully intend to continue reading, listening, learning and evaluating the things that we can do to make a lasting change and positive difference.

There is a lot of information being shared about this vital issue right now, we’d like to recommend the following resources and ways to support. 

Black Lives Matter.


Nolitex - Virtual exhibition - ‘Looking Out, Looking In’

posted 15 Jun 2020, 10:12 by Suella Postles

Nolitex - Virtual exhibition - ‘Looking Out, Looking In’

posted 12 Jun 2020, 13:52 by Erica Thomson
Nolitex's Virtual exhibition of ‘Looking Out, Looking In’, members’ reflections on lockdown, will commence on Wednesday 1st July 2020 on FaceBook and Instagram (@_nolitex).

Continuation of the virtual exhibition of ‘Rooted in the Wood’ commences Wednesday 5th August 2020, again on FaceBook and Instagram.

Royal School of Needlework: Digital Opens Doors

posted 30 May 2020, 09:03 by Suella Postles

Digital Opens Doors & Continues 
  to Lead the Way

 June 2020

Dear Supporter,

We hope that you have enjoyed our floral theme during May, which might well roll in to June thanks to the wonderful weather we are having during lockdown, and this week we shine the Spotlight on two 3rd year Degree students’ final Major Projects which are both inspired by flowers.

STOP PRESS: Put Wednesday 10 June at 7pm in your diary now and join RSN Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, for an Instagram Live session. Susan will be answering your questions about the RSN, its Archive, Collection and history, as well as giving you some inside gossip on things she has learned whilst working on the story of the RSN for our 150th anniversary in 2022! This Live event is free to join which you can access through the RSN Instagram account and we have chosen a time which makes the Live session accessible to a maximum number of our followers, including those of you in North America. There’s an opportunity for you to put your questions to Susan in advance, underneath our Instagram post of 29 May or by contacting the Marketing team.


The RSN is delighted to join Islington Square on their Chapter Two series, ‘Time Well Spent’, during which they are hosting a series of online workshops and talks spanning well-being, living well, crafts and things to do with children. We are bringing you a special four part 'RSN Summer Series' with RSN Future Tutors Course Leader Kelley Aldridge, learning how to make a ‘Floral Posy’. All workshops and activities on the Islington Square website are free of charge during the period of lockdown, however we are encouraging participants to donate towards the mental health charity ‘Mind’. We know that hand embroidery can be soothing and therapeutic in troubling times, it can encourage calm, focused work and a relaxed state of mind. At a time when it is difficult to come together, we invite you to join us in supporting the vital work that Mind in Islington, London, are doing to help the most vulnerable in the wider community. Watch Kelly's RSN Summer Series Introduction video and sign up to their Newsletter for further workshop information and to book your RSN place (scroll to bottom of their web page and tick the T&Cs box).

'Floral Posy' for RSN Summer Series by Kelley Aldridge

If you have not yet caught up with our recent Fiber Talk Podcast then put the kettle on and listen to Susan and Kelley discuss how the RSN is adapting to current restrictions by encouraging our students to learn Online, live and direct.
In their recent joint manifesto, the British Fashion Council (BFC) and The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) state, “The creation of less product, with higher levels of creativity and quality, will be valued and their shelf life will increase”. So, we open the RSN Embroidery Studio doors to the large ‘Red Carpet Green Dress’ commission worn by Naomie Harris in 2013 which brings this statement closer to home and illustrates the ‘shelf life’ of hand embroidery when it comes to timeless fashion.

For a happy ending to your half term break, the RSN is encouraging children to stitch their own fun ‘RSN Postcard From Home’, whether with their family or friends, to ‘show and tell’ when they return to school. They might keep their Postcard forever in memory of this historical period in time, or choose to post it to someone who they have not seen since lockdown. And don’t forget to stitch your name and date for future generations to look back on, which is very easy with a Postcard!
As has become a recent tradition in our eNews, we close with a lovely message from Lyn in New Zealand who refers to the ‘RSN Selfie Project’ which we are running with UK schools, “I was delighted to see your article on young folks stitching a portrait of themselves! I am a passionate stitcher, having completed the Diploma of Stitched Textiles Level 3 a few years ago. During that time, I worked in a School and I was asked by the Design Tech teacher to teach Year 10 (14 year olds ) to smock. They took to it ‘like a duck to water' and we had 15 fabulous smockers ! Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazine (now defunct) even ran a 2 page article on it! We are in 'Lockdown' times in NZ with CV and the one thing I'm loving time to do is embroidery!! Stay safe and sane, from the other side of the world!”

Enjoy a sunny weekend!

Textile Society's Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

posted 27 Jan 2020, 23:55 by Suella Postles

Textile Society's Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

Sunday, 29 March 2020 from 07:30-16:00
Chancellor's Way, Moseley Road, Fallowfield
M14 6HE Manchester, United Kingdom

Visit the fair for a fantastic range of vintage fashion, antique textiles and costume sourced from around the world. You’ll find textiles from the 18th century right up to the swinging 1960’s and 70’s! Furnishings including pre-1950s rugs and unique fashion accessories.

Tables and tables of colour and cloth. Whether you are a student looking for design inspiration, a collector looking for a unique addition, or just want to browse beautiful materials and objects, this is a fair you can not miss.

In addition to the fair, the first floor offers an insight into textile practices, supported by guilds, museums, archives and a fabulous graduate showcase of student bursary winners.

There are free talks throughout the day, discussing textile and design topics, ideal for researchers or if you just want to know a little more about fabrics, textile design, it’s history and future.

There are refreshments both at the Armitage Centre or you can bring your own lunch.
General admission £7.00

20 20 Vision Close to Home Exhibition now on

posted 22 Jan 2020, 01:15 by Erica Thomson

Our Exhibition in West Bridgford Library is open now until 12th February
See PHOTOS here
Robin Redbreast Kath Owen

West Bridgford Library, Bridgford Road NG2 6AT
tel 0115 981 6506
Opening hours
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-7pm
Wed 9am-1pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 11am-3pm

Entry FREE

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