The young generally have their first taste of stitching at junior school unless they are from a family of stitchers, where they are taught from a young age.  The Embroiderers’ Guild have several branches in the UK that accommodate the young.  These young are our future generation of stitchers and embroiderers’.  If you would like to introduce your child, grandchild or family member to the art of stitch, please check out which branches have a section for the Young Embroiderers’.


arrow-right.png Junior Stitchers aged 5 and upwards and family members who support them.

 arrow-right.png Textile Students from 12 to 24.

Keeping the Young Stimulated!

2014 Annual Competition – De Denne Competition

This annual competition is open to 5 categories of entrants – individuals aged under, 9-11 years; 11-16 years; 17-24 years; and mixed age groups. You must be a member of Young Embroiderers and Textile Students to enter.


The theme for 2014 is ‘Tree Rhythms’

Find more information here.

In addition to this competition from HQ, we also hold our own annual competitions for the Young Embroiders.  An individual challenge is set and the winner receives The Kathleen Mansfield Trophy, as well as this we also hold a Group award and the winners of this challenge receive the YE Coats Anchor Group Award.

Here are some exhibits of this year’s entries.

2.Ooffle-Ooffle Bird & carpet



The Story Quilt – Lancaster Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Waterstones Community Inspiration Project.

In June 2012 the idea of a story quilt came from a discussion between Sue Widden, Chair of Lancaster Embroiderers Guild, and Cate, Manager of Waterstones King Street Lancaster, about how they could work together to promote embroidery and textile crafts, with children in mind.  The Story Quilt project was born.

During the Lancaster Children’s Book Festival in September and October, for seven weeks on Saturdays and Sundays, members of Lancaster Embroiderers Guild ran sessions in Waterstones, encouraging children to stitch rainbow fabrics into squares to make a floor quilt for children to sit on at Story Time sessions in the shop, and to travel round with children’s authors when they visit schools in the district.  Over thirty children became involved in the project aged from 3 to 12, choosing fabrics and piecing them together to make a strip of squares in that week’s colour – one week red, next week orange and so on.  The children’s names and the names of their favourite stories were stitched into some of the squares to acknowledge the children’s work.

There were some very special participants in the making of The Story Quilt – Paddington Bear chose some fabric for a patch and made a paw mark on the Quilt, since he was unable to sign his name.  The Gruffalo also chose fabric and many of the children’s authors who took part in the Book Festival signed their names on squares to be included in the quilt.

Embroiderers Guild members donated all the fabrics and threads and worked on the finishing of the quilt.  Sue Widden Chairman of the Lancaster Branch said “It’s great fun working with children – they are so imaginative in their choices of colour and fabric.  This has been a wonderful community project and we hope it has raised the profile of working with textiles and threads among young people.”