1707 – A most unusual Sampler

We have reproduced and charted this 18th century sampler, from our collection, for you to recreate for yourself. This work includes cross stitch, a variety of specialty stitches and drawn thread whitework. We have PDF chart packs available for purchase which include stitch guides for the specialty stitches and thorough instructions for the whitework sections. If you don’t wish to do the whitework there is a  small chart of counted work that can be substituted.

The chart pack is available as two PDF downloads for the small cost of $15. All funds raised are for the support and running of the extensive collection at the EGWA.

The reproduction chart contains all the quirks and errors stitched on the original.  If you would prefer to stitch in a more orderly fashion, a second re-imagined sampler chart is available for inclusion with the original for an additional cost of $5.00.  Choose the Alternative Event ‘1707 A Most Unusual Sampler Reimagined’ for the re-imagined sampler chart together with the reproduction chart.  Total cost $20.

To purchase the original reproduction with the whitework for $15 ( two PDFs) go to http://www.trybooking.com.au/BSPZI

To purchase the original reproduction chart and the reimagined chart for $20 (three PDFs) go to http://trybooking.com.au/BUFCW 

A talk about this sampler-‘Solving the mystery of the figure in the tree!’, presented by Raelene Vinciullo will be held at Guild House on November 3rd at 10am.  Registration to attend the talk opens on Oct 1st and will be limited to 60 people.  The cost is $15 which includes morning tea. The event will explore the process of reproducing the sampler and explains just why it is so unusual.

To book a seat go to http://www.trybooking.com.au/BUGDS

Bookings will be open for the month of October only.


Come and see us at the York Festival

We are excited to announce that we will be at the upcoming York festival.  Along with interactive displays of our lace collection, contemporary embroidery and studio artists there will also be several workshops on offer.

For more details and to book go to the York Festival website www.yorkfestival.com.au It’s the perfect excuse to plan a trip to picturesque York, only an hour and a half from Perth. The festival runs from SEPT 25 -OCT 10. We look forward to seeing you there!



*** UPDATE- Fundraising for Guild House renovations

We are now at the $45,000 mark. Amazing!

A huge Thank You to everyone who has donated. 

Tax deductible donations can now be made via the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) www.australianculturalfund.org.au

Once there, search for “Accessing our textile heritage” to donate or just read about our goals for Guild House.

There are several other ways to support the Guild in our quest for a bigger and better space for our members-

Why not ‘Buy a Brick’, click here for information on how- Buy-a-Brick-Information-for-Guild-members

Click here to go straight to the Trybooking page- Buy a ‘Brick’ -Trybooking.com

Donate directly to our building fund here- EGWA Building Fund – Trybooking.com


Alternatively there is a loan scheme available- Information for Members Loan Scheme

Loan Notification form



We have some exciting events coming in the next few months so watch this space!

Renovations and Extension Plan – Information for members May 2021

New Workshop Calendar

See the full 2021 program with links listed to the right, or under Learning.  Choose from Samplers, Block of the Month, Elizabethan inspired or a refresh of your embroidery skills, and more with a large and varied programme including online registration and payment through Trybooking. 

Pictured is Betty Beetle by Tania Cohen. This workshop will be held on Oct 2 & 3 at Guild House. It combines working with leather, wire and beadwork to create this cute critter. Book now to avoid missing out.



Unfortunately due to the current COVID situation, this year’s Craft and Quilt fair has again been postponed to Nov 3-7. Whilst this is disappointing for us, it is a major blow for the organizer Expertise Events, a small family business committed to craft communities Australia wide. Let’s show our support for this event when it goes ahead later in the year!

Meanwhile, why not work on a piece for our display – Embroidery with a story.

Stay tuned for more information later in the year.


Become a Member of the Guild

If you have an interest in embroidery consider joining the Guild.  You may access a variety of membership benefits, such as:
– Six issues of the Guild newsletter ‘The Embroiderer’ annually
– Participation in embroidery groups (here Innovative Stitches Group discover the Japanese art of gift wrapping).
– Embroidery workshops at discounted prices
– Lending library with thousands of books and magazines
– And more!

You do not have to be an experienced embroiderer to join!.   Join Online or Download our Membership Form. 


The Embroiderers’ Guild of WA

Is a learning community for anyone with a love of embroidery, stitch and textiles. We provide avenues for those aged 8 or over to develop their embroidery and lace making skills. We welcome both beginners and experienced embroiderers.

Most of our approximately 500 members learn and practice their embroidery skills in the social and sharing environment of our many groups that meet throughout the Perth metropolitan area and regional WA.

The Guild has an extensive and varied workshop programme, a large lending library, and a Historic Textile Collection which is open to members and the public by appointment.  The Guild also provides children’s activities during school holidays.

Check out our website here, or our Facebook and Instagram pages for more inspiration.