Monday, 4 September 2017

Open Evening 2017

Every year our branch hosts an Open Evening in the Town Hall in Malmesbury. 

We know that there is a lot of interest in Malmesbury in arts, crafts and creativity and it's a great chance for us to share a little of what we do within the branch and to show that there is a lot more to embroidery than its traditional image.

We are a small branch but we have a wide range of interests from weaving to goldwork, sashiko to shibori, machine and hand embroidery!  Sometimes, it seems that the title of 'Guild' can be a little misleading - with an implication that members need to be somehow 'expert' or 'professional' embroiderers.  This is not the case at all - there is definitely a great deal of talent amongst our members but, most importantly, everyone has an enthusiasm for learning about different techniques and textile crafts and also hearing about other amazing textile artists and craftspeople through our programme of talks and workshops.

This year we are welcoming Caroline Allington to give our Open Evening Talk 'Caring for Historic Interiors'. Caroline has had a long and varied career in the conservation and curation of historic interiors.  We are looking forward to hearing about her roles in institutions including the British Museum, the National Trust and, more locally Lydiard House in West Swindon.

We are also hosting a small 'works in progress' exhibition and a fabric/remnant sale to boost branch funds.

Please join us on Tuesday, 12th September at Malmesbury Town Hall, Cross Hayes, SN16 9BZ

Doors open at 7pm and the event is free to attend.  We look forward to meeting you!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Home and Away Exhibition

The Malmesbury Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild would like to invite you to our exhibition in the John Bowen Gallery, Malmesbury Town Hall.

'Home and Away' is inspired by the joy of travel and the pleasures of 'home sweet home' with over half of our branch members exhibiting a wide range of embroidery pieces and textile art.

Please visit us every day (except Sundays) from Saturday, 8th April until Thursday 27th.  

We look forward to meeting you!

Image: Ruth Vaughan

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Open Evening

Every year our branch hosts an Open Evening in Malmesbury Town Hall

We've had some fantastic speakers on subjects such as Japanese Embroidery, William Morris textiles, North African textile traditions and historical costume.

This year we are welcoming Judi Grant from the American Museum in Britain based in Bath which is dedicated to American cultural and design history and has a fantastic collection of quilts.  Judi will join us on Tuesday, 13th September from 7pm - 9pm.

The event is free and we hope to attract people who are interested in all aspects of textiles and their history to hear Judi's presentation and also to see some of the work our members do in our yearly programme of talks and workshops.

Our main aim is to promote the branch, its workshops and talks and, of course, gain a few new members.  Often people are discouraged by the title of 'Guild' - thinking that they need to be experts in embroidery.  This is definitely not the case at all.  'Guild' is really a historical term - the aims of our branch and, indeed the National Guild are broader than the traditional 'Guild' title.

Of course, we have members who are very skilled in traditional embroidery but also there are beginners amongst us who just like to 'have a go' at a variety of textile crafts or simply enjoy stitching on our regular monthly stitch days.  We host talks by quilters, fashion designers, weavers and contemporary textile artists and we work hard to make sure our workshops reflect the interests and skills of our members.

Membership for the Branch is £18 per year and an additional £33 to join the National Guild.  If you'd like more information, please comment below or email us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Japanese Stab Bound Book workshop

The branch enjoyed a fantastic approach with textile artist Anne Griffiths last Saturday at Little Somerford Village Hall, learning techniques and methods to create and make Japanese stab bound books.

Anne is a fantastic and generous tutor and brought along some of her handmade books, showing kettle stitch and piano spine techniques for binding.  She also included some fan fold and envelope books.


Anne showed us many techniques to create our own  handmade books.  We all used patterned textile papers in various forms and embellishments to enhance our small bound books.

The final collection.

For more information about Anne, her workshops and projects, visit her website and blog at

Friday, 4 March 2016

Capability Brown at Bowood House

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, a group of our branch members have contributed to a national festival of stitch and textiles inspired by his landscape design and legacy in historic gardens across the UK.

Along with members from Marlborough Branch, Malmesbury Branch members visited Bowood House to record the vistas and landscape created by Capability Brown and used those images and research to create a fantastic selection of textile pieces for an exhibition which opens on 25th March at the House.

More information about this great project can be found at the Embroiderers Guild website and there are many events happening across the country celebrating the work of Capability Brown that can be found here.


Monday, 29 February 2016

Workshop with Matthew Harris

On Saturday 27th February, sixteen branch members and visitors joined Matthew Harris for a 'Chance Creation' workshop where we painted, manipulated and cut fabrics and papers to create a series of random combinations of pattern and colour.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Our next talk...

We've invited Anne Griffiths, contemporary textile artist to visit our branch and talk about her community projects and her time as Artist in Residence at Diamond Light Source, the UK's only synchotron facility based in Oxfordshire.

Anne is alumni of Gloucestershire College and University of the West of England.

More information about her work and practice can be found at

The talk is from 7.30 - 9pm on Tuesday, 17th November at Little Somerford Village Hall, Little Somerford, Wiltshire SN15 5JW.

All talks are free to members and £5 for visitors.