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!

Have you seen the latest edition of the South East East Region newsletter, better known as SEE News? If not, please click here for the December 2020 edition and read about what has been going on in our region during lockdown as well as details of what is coming up next year, lockdown permitting!

Blackheath Embroiderers Guild is working with Illuminated Arts, a South East London Community Interest company , on a project to get people stitching.

The Stitch Hub project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to involve and stimulate residents of care homes, primarily for the elderly in South London through a series of web-workshops to create a collection of stitched ‘Pockets’

The pockets will be based on those of the 16th-18th Century worn by women either under their skirts or outside their garments, tied around the waist and often beautifully stitched or decorated with applique.

Our members are taking part by creating examples of embroidered pockets which will be incorporated into the workshops and subsequently exhibited to the public. The pockets will also be incorporated into a planned fashion show in 2022! 

There is absolutely no pressure to create a perfect piece of technical embroidery – the most important thing is to take part, enjoy and use the medium to tell your personal story.

Our online workshop on Saturday the 27th March will be focussed on the history and creation of these very personal textile pieces and we would love to open the virtual doors to other embroiderers that might like to take part. You will be free to choose whether or not to contribute your work to the exhibition and fashion show, we would however, love to see pictures of anything you produce as a result of the workshop for inclusion in the project’s catalogue.

Free or donation tickets available via Eventbrite on the following link:

In preparation you may like to gather together the following materials:

2 pieces of roughly A4 sized fabric of your choice ( Plain or patterned)

assorted embroidery silks

Coloured small fabric scraps for appliqué

Ribbon or bias binding, long enough to wrap around your waist and tie in a generous bow.

Usual sewing kit – scissors, needles fabric chalk/pen.

Note these dates for 2021 and 2022
18th – 20th June 2021 Summer School Tutors – Amanda Hislop and Kay Dennis. Booking forms out in the Spring

20th June 2021 The National Day of Stitch. You can hold your own stitching event to show the public about stitching and the Embroiderers’ Guild

24th July 2021 The Summer Regional Day is now online and more details to follow!

25th September 2021 ‘Celebration of Stitch’ day 78 & 78A High Street, Bletchingley, Near Redhill, Surrey RH1 4PA, Nr Godstone Competition – to be decided.

Stitchfest’ at Ardingly will be July 2022