Welcome to the South East Regional Embroiderers’ Guild

The Embroiderers’ Guild is a wide and diverse educational charity which aims to promote embroidery and textiles to a wider and diverse audience. We have 24 branches, who all welcome new members. We hope you will come and visit us and join in!

Stitch Together’ is now an independent group, which was the SE Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild. We aim to continue to organise events as before and even more events. As the independent stitch groups choose new names, we will update them on this website, meanwhile here is a message from Heather Starbuck, Chair of ‘Stitch Together’ –

 Dear Fellow Embroiderers,

I do hope you and your members have got over the shock of the Guild reducing their commitments and off-loading the branches to fend for ourselves! Many of you are planning to adopt new names, new constitutions etc and will be carrying on as Independent Stitch Groups (ISGs). Thank you. You are all officially amazing!

Your ‘old’ regional committee will become an ISG in its own right; our main aim will be ‘to promote the art of embroidery and related textile crafts through the provision of meetings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and classes’.

We haven’t ironed out all the creases just yet, and we are waiting to see if we get any financial support from the Guild, but we have plans in place. This years’ Summer School will be online, booking forms have been sent out. We plan to offer a jamboree in July and a full Celebration of Stitch Day in September, so watch this space!

We will always offer support and advice to any committee; so do contact me, via the ‘Contact Us’ page, if you are in any doubt about anything. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find a busy woman who does!!

Take care, Heather Starbuck Chair Stitch Together

Kingston Stitchers (formerly Kingston EG) invite to their zoom this Friday 23 April 2021 at 7.30pm. It is entitled “Designing & Creating a Piece of Wearable Art” with Catherine Lawes and there is a small fee of £5.80. Please click here to see the poster and more information see poster for details or click on the Eventbrite link below. Spaces are Limited and please click HERE to book on Eventbrite and for further information.

Sussex Stitchers invite you to Katie Essam , a textile artist on Saturday May 8th 2pm. The cost is £5 and please email Steph Stanwick, the programme secretary to book your place – stephanie@stanwicks.co.uk Katie Essam A Mixed Media Textile Artist, inspired by everyday beauty, Katie combines freehand machine embroidery, appliqué, paint, crochet and more to  create her original textile pieces. Katie Essam, a textile artist and published author, lives in Bexhill, East Sussex, UK.  Have a look at Todays Quilter issue 72,  ‘A visit to pincushions’ she is featured there.

Another invite for Saturday May 8th, this time from Brighton Embroidery Group at 10.30am. Log onto Zoom from 10.10 am which will inspire the creation and customisation of your own denim jackets! This fascinating talk by Caroline Alexander and Iain Webb “Blitzed! When one Denim Jacket tried to change the world.” A project conceived by London Designers to customise and embroider Levi Jackets. The charge is only £5.00. Please contact Carolyn Brown at begwebmaster@btinternet.com for payment and password details. Click here for the poster with more details

Note these dates from ‘Stitch Together’ for 2021 and 2022
18th – 20th June 2021 Summer School Tutors – Amanda Hislop and Kay Dennis. Please go to Summer School page for details. Booking forms are now out.

24th July 2021 The ‘Stitch Together’ Summer Day (formally Regional Day) will now online and more details to follow!

September 2021 ‘Celebration of Stitch’ day – more details follow

Stitchfest’ at Ardingly will be July 2022