Beautiful goldwork embroidery

Machine embroidery panel detail inspired by lichen

Textile greeting card using reverse applique techique

Machine contemporary quilt inspired by Ground Zero

Machine embroidery for Capability Brown exhibition

Winchester Embroiderers' Guild welcomes contemporary and traditional textile artists, embroiderers and craft enthusiasts

Winchester Branch Thrives in Lockdown

Our monthly meetings are currently being hosted via Zoom with a visiting speaker. Zoom workshops are also being offered by some of our speakers.

Bubbles and Zooms

When we went into lockdown last March our exciting 2021 programme had to be re-thought. The committee had to put on their thinking caps as to how to continue keeping in touch with branch members. The membership was shared out between the committee to contact every member to discuss the options available and following this, the bubble groups were established.  In July 2020, when lockdown rules were relaxed the committee invited members to join local stitch and natter bubble groups. These ran successfully during the wonderful summer weather and people enjoyed the opportunity to meet in gardens. In addition, the committee also endeavoured to meet the needs of those who were not able to leave home as they were self-isolating by setting up Zoom bubble groups. With the cold weather and tighter lockdown restrictions, the garden bubbles were no longer viable but the Zoom bubbles have flourished.


Reasons to Smile

After our successful Homes project which so many members took part in, the committee decided to embark on a new project. In response to both Covid 19 and the new Winchester Hospice, it was thought it would be lovely to offer as an expression of thanks to our local community a piece of stitched art to decorate the new building. Members were invited to stitch a 10cmx10cm square in one of the seven colours of the rainbow. These are currently being collected in and we are delighted with our members' response. The squares will be worked into a colourful piece entitled "Reasons to Smile".

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NEXT MEETING - 10th March 2021 at 2:00pm


Vanessa works with textiles and stitch; exploring maps, journeys, memorial, inheritance and collections.

Vanessa Rolf's recent projects use textiles to explore family connections. She uses stitch to 'draw on' cloth, inlaid applique and cut-work to explore and communicate her ideas." Zoom details will be available in the March Newletter.

Surprise parcel mini project

Do you have fidgety fingers that need something to do?
Just gather together some different stitching materials such as; fabrics, paper, threads, wool, trimmings and so on, something that you would like to receive and find inspiring and send it anonymously to another interested branch member. Then wait to receive your parcel of goodies and get creating, there are no rules!
To post second class (66p) the envelope would need to be less than approximately 24cm long, 16.5cm wide and 0.5cm thick and weighing no more than 100grams . To get involved see the February Newsletter.
Happy stitching!

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About Us

The branch is based in Hampshire and was founded in 1963. It is affiliated to the internationally recognised Embroiderers’ Guild, which embraces all areas of embroidery and is proud to be recognised as a voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art. Don't let the "Guild" in our name put you off - there is nothing stuffy or exclusive about us! Textile art covers so much more than just fabric and thread and Winchester Embroiderers' Guild is a lively branch with about 70 members, who have a huge range of interests, experience and skills. Our members enjoy getting together and hearing speakers talk about all sorts of embroidery, textiles and related subjects including:

traditional and contemporary embroidery

mixed media and patchwork

lace, felt and beading

historical and ethnic work

We welcome everyone from complete beginners to experienced textile artists. You can be a traditional hand-stitcher, a machine textile artist who enjoys working on bold and contemporary designs or anything in between. You do not have to be a practising textile artist, just having an interest in textile art will suffice. 

We hold monthly meetings as well as a number of workshops every year and informal stitching afternoons. We also have an active Young Embroiderers’ Group who meet in the school holidays. We hold regular competitions, challenges and exhibitions. We have completed several collaborative stitching projects.

Our "Homes" house with its seven floors, plus roof space, made 2019/20.

A beautiful embroidery of Winchester completed by Guild members in 1988, currently displayed in the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

Visitors are always made most welcome at our meetings. Please contact the branch for more information about visiting or joining Winchester Embroiderers' Guild.