About ‘Stitch Together’……
There are twenty four Independent Stitch Groups in the South East Region. All Independent Stitch Groups welcome visitors who may not embroider or sew but are interested in keeping textile arts and crafts alive.
The majority of Independent Stitch Groups organise a range of activities which include:
- monthly meetings with speakers on textiles and related ubjects
- day schools
- stitching meetings
Many Independent Stitch Groups run a Young Embroiderers’ group where young people can take part in exciting textile projects, guided by experienced adult members.
The ‘Stitch Together’ Group (formerly South East Region) holds a residential summer school in June, mainly for Independent Stitch Group members, but non members are also welcome. In the past few years the summer schools have been held at Roffey Park Institute, near Horsham. Each year we try and have tutors with a different range of expertise. For those who just would like a weekend away to sit and stitch is beautiful surroundings, we also have a stitch retreat option.
We also organise an annual ‘Stitch Together’ Day (formerly Regional Day) usually held in July, where depending on the venue, have traders, workshops, demonstrations and sometimes a speaker. It is also an opportunity to meet up with friends from other Independent Stitch Groups around the region. The day is also open to members of the public. Everybody is welcome to the day.
Local Independent Stitch Groups……..……..
Whether you are a complete novice or an expert textile artist, you will find something of interest in your local Independent Stitch Group programme. You do not have to be an experienced embroiderer to join an Independent Stitch Group, all you need is an interest in stitch, even if you are a beginner you will be welcome to all meetings.
You will always be welcome as a visitor to an Independent Stitch Group meeting prior to becoming a full member.
About the Embroiderers’ Guild……..
Being a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild gives you access to the Guild’s Collection of embroidery, textiles, and folios. The folios are folders which concentrate on one style of embroidery. The Guild also has a wonderful library of books which members can borrow.
The Embroiderers’ Guild publishes a monthly magazine ‘Contact’, which keeps members informed of Guild and other Region and Branch activities. It also publishes two magazines, ‘Stitch’ and ‘Embroidery’, both of which are available by subscription from the Guild.