Programme / Workshops

Welcome to the Edinburgh Branch of the Embroiderers Guild.

Welcome to the Edinburgh Branch of Embroiderer's Guild, we are open to lovers of textile art in all its forms.

We are a very sociable group who share an interest in textile art and enjoy the opportunities the Embroiderers' Guild has to offer; we meet to exchange ideas and information and, above all, to have fun.

We meet monthly from September to June for evening lectures on textile related topics or social evenings.

Where: Girl Guiding Edinburgh Headquarters, Melville Street, EH3 7JF

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This is a central Edinburgh location with good bus access and free on street parking after 6.30pm

Membership - For session 2018-19 costs £52 including membership of the Embroiderers' Guild as well as Edinburgh Branch.

You are welcome to visit and 'try out' our meetings - you can attend your first meeting for free and then you can attend for a further 2 meetings for a fee of £3 each after this we ask that you become a member.  You can join the group at any point in the year. 

Members may bring guests to a meeting for fee of £3

Visiting Edinburgh? - don't forget if you are a member of the Embroiderer's Guild your first visit to another branch is free.

Want to know more?

You can email us and we'll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

You can find more details of the Edinburgh Branch on where you will also find what the Embroiderers Guild has to offer you.

Workshop Programme

Occasional full day workshops are arranged for members. These are led by expert tutors in the speciality.

The workshops run from 9.30 am - 3.45 pm & are held in Leith Academy school art department.

   NB - These workshops are available to members only, if spaces remain available after Edinburgh Branch members have completed

           booking these will be offered to other Embroiderer's Guild Branch members.

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Want to take part? email us for full details about joining our group

Lecture Programme 2018/19: Tuesday Evenings from 6.45pm for refreshments & programme starts at 7.15pm

Please note the afternoon session in February as highlighted

Programme 2018 -2019

September 4th 2018 -  Jilli Blackwood - ‘A Life Imagined’

Jilli, an artist based in Glasgow, will talk about her art school background, highlights of her career, public art commissions, projects and travelling. Jilli will discuss the qualities required to be a textile artist

October 2nd 2018 – AGM. Fiona Rutherford - ‘Colour and design inspiration’

Fiona is a textile artist in Edinburgh who has exhibited worldwide, currently exhibiting tapestry in Sweden. The theme will be her development of work processes over the years.

November 6th 2018 - Sheila Mortlock - ‘The ‘D’ Word'

Demystifying design for embroiderers and textile artists. This talk will look at the five design elements and hopefully give confidence to people who worry about composition and make some sense of the design process. 

December 4th 2018 - Social

February 5th 2019 @ 2.30pm - Solli Brodie - ‘The Craft of Digital Fabric printing’

A story of two sisters who want to print beautiful fabric.

March 5th 2019 - Anne Murphy - ‘The Nairn Quilt’

Anne has researched the linoleum industry in Kirkcaldy and specifically Nairn.

April 2nd 2019 -  Debbie Renton - ‘Threads glorious threads’

A talk showing the effects of threads on both machine and hand embroidery.

May 7th 2019 - Brigid Collins  - ‘Something thread, gauzy, that could be unpicked’

Brigid will show examples of her work in different media. She is particularly interested in how things can be mended, once torn or broken. She will explore the physical, material and emotional processes involved and how these touch on both Eastern and Western philosophical ideas.

June 4th 2019 - Andrew Houghton - ‘The origins and imagery of 16th and 17th Century Garden Carpets’

This illustrated talk will try to explain the grand and rare form of weaving. There are references to gardens as a metaphor for paradise in the Old Testament and the Quran.


Workshop Programme 2018/19

All workshops (unless stated otherwise), are held at Leith Academy, 20 Academy Park, EH6 8JQ.                     

Refreshments from 9.30am, start at 10am, finish at 3.45pm

Saturday 22nd September 2018 - 10am - 12.30pm       Member Led Workshops - A choice of short 'taster' workshops           

        Fabric decoration using acrylic paint, stamps and stencils / Dorset buttons / Computer aided design using Adobe Photoshop software.                                                                                              

Saturday 27th October 2018          Prof. Malcolm Lochhead – 'Design for the fearful - like me!'                                                                              Sunday 25th January 2019          Ann Ross – Papermaking Workshop                                                                              Saturday 16th March 2019            Susie Wilson - Printmaking Workshop        


The gallery below is a selection of images from talks and workshops.

All images are copyright of the maker of work shown.


Anne Kelly                              'Folk Tales'

Toni Hanley                             Bags of fun with Indian inspirations

Sheila Mortlock                        Working on the edge

Alison King                              Reflections

Maureen Shepherd                   Any old iron

Maggie Hickman Smith             Get Plastered

Moira  Ann Dickson                   Apples and Pears

Bobby Britnell                          Mixed media approach to abstract design     

Ali Ferguson                            Stories from the Sewing Box - Scrappy Sampler

Bea Neilson                             Canvaswork – but not as you know it!

Kay Greenlees                          ‘Line Dancing’ (Design)

Isobel Hall                                Working with scrim vessels (mixed media)

Avis Moore and Hazel Reid         The Kantha Queens -Traditional techniques for modern projects

Ann Ross                                  Dyeing with plants  (fabric dyeing)

Tracey Franklin                         Contemporary Whitework (embroidery)

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