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posted 22 hours ago by IT Admin

Video Recording General Meeting 20/21 held on 4th March 2021

posted 5 Mar 2021, 23:22 by Suella Postles   [ updated 5 Mar 2021, 23:33 ]

Video Recording of the General Meeting 20/21 held on 4th March 2021

posted 21 hours ago by EMREG IT Admin   [ updated 18 hours ago ]
To see a the recording of this meeting click here , then copy and paste the Passcode: fs?Cq6&U in the appropriate place.

I feel that all current members of The Embroiderers' Guild should view this meeting and also the chat between Penny Hill, one of the Trustees and Susan Weeks - a member of Hull Branch, click here   

Both are very informative about the current situation The Guild finds itself in.
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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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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.


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!

Hilary Hollingsworth -

posted 29 Oct 2019, 01:17 by Suella Postles

Hilary Hollingsworth -

Forwarded from the Chair of Trustees

Dear All,I am sorry to say that Hilary passed away last evening. 

She had been terminally ill with a form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. I

 would be grateful if you could pass this information to your branches.

 I know that Hilary was well known to a lot of members up and down the country.



Wool and Craft Supplies Market No.2

posted 6 Sept 2019, 07:25 by Erica Thomson

Saturday, 7 September 2019 from 09:30-16:00
MinorOak Nottingham Coworking, 4 Gedling Street, Sneinton Market, NG1 1DS Nottingham


This market is for Notts community of crafters: people who knit, crochet, embroider, sew, do needlepoint, work with paper, make jewellery, and more.

FOR BUYERS: It's an opportunity to get ready for the crafting season with incredible bargains on the supplies you want and need. You can feel good about reusing rather than buying new. There will be pre-purchased and gently used items available and who knows what you'll find.

FOR SELLERS: This market will give you a chance to refocus, clean up shop and give others the opportunity to buy wool, yarn and supplies that you no longer have a place for. Please e-mail dee@minoroak.com or message MinorOak Nottingham Coworking if you'd like to be a seller.

FOR EVERYONE: This is going to be more than just a market. It will be a community event. We'll have tables set up on Avenue A for sitting and visiting if the weather is nice, and free coffee, tea and snacks. The meeting room will be converted into a lounge.
MinorOak's ground floor is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible toilet.

Exhibition Re-Tellings by Sue Stone

posted 6 Sept 2019, 07:22 by Erica Thomson

Artspace, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JT

T. 01652 660380
exhibition continues until 20 October 2019
One Day Workshop
to accompany the Re-Tellings exhibition
Exploring Texture & Pattern in Hand Stitch
Experiment with some of my favourite hand stitch techniques to create texture and pattern that can be used for both figurative and non-figurative work. Suitable for all abilities. New content for 2019.
The Ropewalk
Saturday 5 October £60
10.30 – 4.30

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