Who and What is the North West Region of The Embroiderers’ Guild?
The Embroiderers’ Guild was formed in 1906 and is the UK’s only creative charity for the purpose of preserving our rich heritage of embroidery. The Head Office sited in The Bucks Museum, Aylesbury which holds an amazing collection of embroideries that date back to the early 17th Century, as well as modern pieces. The Collection can be viewed by appointment, and regularly can be seen in exhibitions throughout the UK.
The prime purpose of our charity is to educate, promote and instil pride in embroidery and textile art, whilst keeping our traditions alive.
In today’s times the name Guild can be somewhat unappealing or intimidating. Suggesting that you have to be some sort of expert in the field of embroidery. This is so far from the truth! The Embroiderers’ Guild welcomes all ages and all abilities. The only criteria recommended is an interest in stitching, embroidery or the modern- day textile art. You will be surprised at how warm and friendly our members and branches are. If you are interested but uncertain, please contact us for more information and we will be able to direct you to a branch in your area, where a warm welcome awaits.
The Guild has around 270 Branches and Young Embroiderers Groups in the UK and Ireland, organised in 10 Regions, of which we are one of them.
The North West Region has 22 branches and is currently divided into four Areas. Dividing the Region in this way enables more inter-Branch activities and this is achieved with the help of Area Representatives. We are also very excited about our Young Embroiderers and they are well represented within our region.
We are a very active region with branches holding exhibitions, events and open days.
We will keep you informed of these events in future posts. Details of all our branches’ programmes, which include talks, hands-on sessions and workshops can be found on under the NW Region drop down list.
We try to keep our region fun and inspiring and each year we hold a Regional Summer School, which is held at the accommodating Waddow Hall in Clitheroe. Details can be found under NW Region.
Every year our Regional Day is hosted by a different branch at a venue near to them. With such a large region, this ensures that attendees will be able to easily attend one within an easy travelling distance, on a regular basis. This is generally held at the end of April.
The young are our future Stitchers, so we try our best to include and motivate the Young Embroiderers’. Many Group Leaders, and their helpers work closely with the young ones and you can see lots of samples of their work here.