We are part of the national Embroiderers’ Guild, whose aim is to build awareness of stitch and textile art. Originally The Society of Certified Embroideresses, it was founded on 12th January 1906 by sixteen graduates of the Royal School of Art Needlework with membership being restricted to those who held a teaching diploma and a two years’ certificate from the same organisation. One year later, it was decided that others could apply but only by submitting embroidery to a panel of judges for assessment! It wasn’t until 1920 that the name changed to the Embroiderers’ Guild with the first branch for members coming into being eleven years later. Their “Embroidery” magazine was first published in 1932. The Guild was incorporated under the Companies’ Act and recognised as a non-profit making organisation in 1934; at the same time, the qualifying entrance exam was also fortunately dropped! An interesting article on the history of the EG may be found on their website: www.embroiderersguild.com.
In September 2016, the organisation’s headquarters moved to Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury. Terry Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Penny Hill Chair of the Board of Trustees and Presidents are Jan Beany and Jean Littlejohn. As a member of the EG, you receive the magazine, “Contact”, three times a year.
The Guild is divided into Regions throughout the country, each of which contains a number of Branches. The West Midlands Region stretches from South Cheshire to Herefordshire and Worcester Branch is part of this. The Chairman of the Region is Trisha James. Every year, a Regional Day is hosted by one of the branches and a Regional Newsletter is regularly produced.
The “Three Counties Embroiderers’ Group” began in 1952 and welcomed members from Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. It was from this that the Worcester Branch came into being in 1984.Nowadays, under the chairmanship of Jane Bayes, the Worcester Embroiderers’ Guild brings together people from many different textile backgrounds. We are sure that you will find something of interest!