The Embroiderers’ Guild was founded in London in 1906, and the Bristol branch of the Guild was created in 1981. The objectives of the Guild are:
To promote and encourage the art of embroidery and related crafts and encourage the creation of fine articles incorporating the use of or associated with embroidery.
To educate the public in the history and art of embroidery and to undertake or support research in that subject and to publish the useful results of that research.
To collect, document, preserve, exhibit and interpret, examples of fine embroidery which are of historical or educational merit and to make available to the public such articles.
The Bristol Branch has over 80 members and meetings are held once a month, usually on a Friday, at All Saints’ Church Hall, Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol at 7.30pm. They have an invited speaker at most of the meetings. They also hold workshops on several Saturdays during the year. Meet and Stitch meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Annual membership is £32. For further information about the joining the Guild, see their website: http://bristolembroiderersguild.wordpress.com/
The Bristol Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild hold an exhibition of members’ work every two years and their next exhibition is taking place this coming weekend (15th-17th February) at the Stoke Lodge Centre. Visit this exhibition and prepare to challenge you view of what ‘embroidery’ means! The exhibition is open from 10am-5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am-4pm pm on Sunday. As well as the major exhibits on show, there will also be a chance to buy cards and smaller items made by guild members. Admission is £3.