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 2019-20 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.

Edinburgh Branch Lectures 2019/20

Whats on?

September 3rd 2019 – Helen Poremba – Influences, Inspirations and working technique

October 1st 2019 – AGM followed by Anne Easson – Textures, techniques and technology

November 5th 2019 – Shan Press – Transfer print taster with brief workshop

December 3rd 2019 – Social Evening

January 2020 – Lunch TBC

February 4th 2020 (2.30pm) – Jean Mellin – Tags of Bags

March 3rd 2020 – Jane Charlton – Textures of Venice

April 7th 2020 – Lindsay Roberts – Stitchin’ the Blues

May 5th 2020 – EGM followed by Jenni Douglas – howone evening class unlocked my creativity

June 2nd – Kate Colin – Folding as an art form

If you are a member of the Branch you can also attend the following workshops:

Workshop Programme 2019/20

26th October 2019 - Jilli Blackwood

We will look at colour and how colours work together, through proportion, marrying together colour combinations we like and the combinations which sing to us.

21st March 2020 - Sheila Mortlock
Sketchbooks – take a new sketchbook and most importantly an idea for a source of inspiration.

9th May 2020 Jo Mabbut

This workshop will introduce a range of metallic media, including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil, suitable for use on a variety of textiles including Lutradur.

 Anniversary Afternoon Tea

We had a lovely afternoon celebrating one of our members 100th

birthday - and 65 years of the Edinburgh Embroiderer's Guild in 2019.  Here's the birthday girl and some of our members enjoying tea and cake  ....

The Edinburgh Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild is celebrating its 65th year of stitching with an exhibition:
Follow the Thread – a Sapphire Celebration
St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW
9th to 21th September 2019

(Closes on 21st September at 1pm)

(10am til 4pm - closed over lunchtime for service between 1pm – 2pm)
Closed on a Sunday 
We look forward to seeing you there …

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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