‘Following the Thread, Let the Cloth Speak – a decade of works by Marjorie Coleman’


The Embroiderers’ Guild of WA is pleased to promote a forthcoming exhibition by early member of the Guild, Marjorie Coleman.



Official Opening 2pm Saturday 27 July

Exhibition dates 22 July through 10 August

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Using contemporary stitch as an expressive medium, Marjorie has produced rich evocative pieces over decades. She takes pleasure from working with cloth, drawing on a lifetime of intimate knowledge to stitch for her own enlightenment. Now in her 90s, Marjorie’s recent work exhibits the same ongoing exploration that decades ago gained her national recognition.  This exhibition comprises a selection of 35 works from the last ten years.   ​



















Rusty Walkley Prize and People’s Choice

The winner of the Rusty Walkley Award for 2019…. the City Stitchers’ Group with their book  ‘You Don’t Have to be Born Here to Belong Here’. This beautiful book was designed and stitched by Group members and will be given to a refugee child.













The judges also awarded 10 Highly Commended Certificates to: 

  • Mary Azzopardi (565 Group) for her box ‘By the Light of the Silvery Moon’
  • Marnie Whitford (Alfred Cove Night Group) for her Reticella cushion
  • Mary Pearson (Applecross Group) for her thread painting ‘Western Spinebill’ 
  • Gloria Turpin (Belmont Group) for her 3D ‘Germination’
  • Jenny Quartermaine (Innovative Stitches) for her concertina book ‘Eradu’
  • Claire Sas (Innovative Stitches) for her book ‘Exoplanet’
  • Anne Illman (Innovative Stitches) for her free machine lace, ‘Microscopic’
  • Tania Cohen (Malaga) for her goldwork picture ‘Golden Protea’
  • Rita Petters (Thread Magic) for her vessel ‘Midnight Blooms’
  • Alfred Cove Night Group for the ‘Alice Project’

The winner of the People’s Prize … the Alfred Cove Night Group ‘The Alice Project’..














Well-deserved congratulations to all the prize and certificate winners.  The Rusty Walkley Award and the People’s Prize will be presented at the 50th Anniversary Celebration Lunch on 12th July.  



Governor Hon. Kim Beazley AC opens Exhibition

The Governor did us proud with his opening speech on Thursday, congratulating the Guild on the high standard of the Exhibition, and providing some background from his own research on the traditions of embroidery.  He then went on, drawing attention to his family connections to Northam and their triptych entry.  His ancestor, a carpenter, played a role in the building of early government buildings one of which was depicted in Northam’s piece. 

Mr Beazley was preceded with an introductory few words from our own President, Prudence Ford.  Congratulations to all of the Guild members contributing to the Exhibition, what a fabulous event!



Library facility now rejuvenated

The Guild is proud to present the new library facilities at Guild House.  Open to all members, the library includes approximately 1800 books and numerous journals and magazines on a wide range of textile related subjects including embroidery and lace techniques, embroidery around the world, history of embroidery and lace, design, and related subjects such as dyeing, felting, painting, etc.

Well done Dellys Rodgers and Kaye Menzies for getting it all in ship shape order post installation, including the integration of those books in storage and treasured archival books which are now on display. 

Integral to the successful transformation was the LotteryWest grant.  Thank you.  

‘Festival of Samplers’ Embroiderers’ Guild of NSW



The Embroiderers’ Guild of NSW extends a warm invitation to all Embroiderers’ Guild members, to visit their ‘Festival of Samplers’.  The Festival  will run from the 14th – 24th of June 2019.   (This coincides with the Craft and Quilt Fair which runs from June 19 – 23 if anyone was travelling to Sydney in that time).

In addition to an exhibition and workshops, the festival includes  – a full day of talks on various aspects of the historical practice and significance of Sampler making.  

See links to the Facebook event and Trybooking for the Symposium Tickets.


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EGWA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with “Threads of Gold” Convention

The Embroiderers’ Guild of Western Australia turns 50 in 2019! 

We will be holding several events to celebrate our golden anniversary, and one of them will be a three-day convention to be held at the Trade Winds Hotel in picturesque Fremantle from 20-22 September 2019.

The Convention will be open to everyone and will include a range of activities designed to excite and inspire those new to embroidery as well as those whose excellence comes from 50 years (or more) of experience with fabric, needle and thread.  It will also be an opportunity to reflect on how much we have grown and how things have changed over the past 50 years and imagine the directions that embroidery might take over the coming decades.

Titled Threads of Gold, the convention will be organised around the concept of a “menu” of activities. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will provide opportunities for people to come together and share the excitement of all sessions they have attended and catch up with friends.

The ‘menu’ will be based around several types of activities:

  • A mix of one-, two, and three-day workshops. Planning is well advanced on all types of workshops, so watch this space for more update or subscribe to our social media channels to make sure that you do not miss out on ongoing announcements and invitations!
  • “Taster” workshops– These will be hands on, two-hour workshops which will be designed to introduce participants to aspects of embroidery that they may not have explored before in a fun environment. Six taster workshops are planned each day, so expect plenty of excitement and creativity to be shared with and amongst participants!
  • Demonstrations and lectures/presentations– These will be one hour, with four scheduled each day
  • Trading area – A wonderful and exciting area set aside to acquire embroidery materials, such as threads, needles, fabrics and if you’re lucky, you might get your hands on finished embroidery artworks by guild members!
  • Equipment “Try It” Space – Getting serious with embroidery involves more than needle, thread and fabric, but also other devices created to make sure you enjoy the art and craft of needlework! Have a go at sample magnifiers, stands, frames, and lights and see the magic happen!
  • Two evening events– One is a formal lecture-style event led by an embroidery professional (we will announce soon who the guest speaker will be), whilst the other is a more relaxed talk and display of tutors’ works.


For enquiries

Contact Ms. Prudence Ford via:
email – prudence.ford15@nullwestnet.com.au
phone – 0417 982 137


Online via trybooking.

Manually by submitting the booking form: 50th Anniversary Convention Booking Form.

EGWA Members: 15 September 2018

Non-Members: 13 October 2018


Click here to read the brochure.

Embroiderers’ Guild of WA Celebrates 2018 Australian Heritage Festival

national heritage month

Join the Embroiderers’ Guild of WA as we celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival on 27 April 2018 at the EGWA Guild House, 565 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove WA. This year’s theme is ‘My Culture, My Story’.

Local expert Gail Hawes will be presenting, having recently returned from a tour of rural China. A special Chinese banner embroidery will be on display, together with pieces from the Guild’s Textile Collection, as well as Gail’s personal collection of Chinese embroideries.

Tea tasting will be on offer, with special thanks to local business, Chapels of Whately Street in Maylands providing a fine range of teas from China.

Doors open at 9:00 AM, whilst tea tasting commences at 9:30 AM, followed by lecture at 10:15 AM, and morning tea 11:15 AM.

Entry fee of $10 is payable at the event. The entry fee covers tea tasting, lecture about Chinese embroideries, morning tea, and raffle ticket for your chance to win a prize!

For booking enquiries, phone 0409269526 or email gaynorashford@nullhotmail.com

Special thanks to the City of Melville and Chung Wah Association for the loan of the Chinese banner embroidery for the event.



“Preserving the Past and Creating the Future: The Work of Professional Embroiderer” with Jenny Adin-Christie


The Embroiderers’ Guild of Western Australia is inviting everyone to this year’s Rusty Walkley lecture titled Preserving the Past and Creating the Future: The Work of a Professional Embroiderer. To be presented by award-winning professional embroiderer Jenny Adin-Christie, this special event will be held on Saturday, 15 July at 2:00 PM at the Alexander Library at Perth Cultural Centre.

Jenny Adin-Christie
Jenny applying the completed centre elements to the All Seasons Altar Frontal for Canterbury Cathedral

Ms. Adin-Christie will give insight into her work as a professional embroiderer and how her passion for needle craft turned into a broad range of skills that allowed her to gain prominence amongst historians, collectors, fashion designers, and embroiderers’ guilds across the UK and abroad.

Originally from Derbyshire, England, and Ms. Adin-Christie has been practicing her love of embroidery since childhood. Following an intensive training with the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, she graduated with distinction in 1999 and won the school’s prize for her work on silk shading and Coronation Goldwork. She remained in the school’s teaching and commercial studio staff for over 10 years, and eventually became the Assistant Head of Studio.

After embarking on a freelance career in 2008, she built an impressive portfolio of work, including designing and creating new All Seasons and Lenten Altar Frontals for Canterbury Cathedral; the new pelmet and curtains for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Sovereign’s Jubilee Woolsack for the Royal Hospital Chelsea; and embroidered monograms for the cover of Sir Paul McCartney’s classical album “Ecce Cor Meum”.

Jenny Adin-Christie, Book Cover
A book cover for “The Owl and the Pussycat” embroidered by Ms. Adin-Christie

Amongst of her more prominent contributions in the field of embroidery is her work as a member of the Royal School of Needlework’s team, which was commissioned to create the applied lace panels for the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding dress, and a monogrammed cashmere babygro as a personal gift from renowned fashion designer Sarah Burton to Prince George.


Ms. Adin-Christie has been a regular presenter within the Australian embroidery community, most notably at the annual Beating the Bush embroidery and craft fair in Adelaide. The lectures she has delivered covered stories behind the broad range of commissions that she has been privileged to be part of, such as the conservation and restoration of antique textiles, production of new works of art and, more recently, royal fashion.


For tickets:

Entry tickets to the event are $15 for members of the Embroiderers’ Guild of WA and $20 for the general public. Tickets include afternoon tea. To reserve your seats, please call (08) 9330 3065 or email admin@nullembroiderersguildofwa.org.au.

You may also fill out the following form and send it back to us.

Form: RWML Payment form (PDF)


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