‘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)


Join the Guild’s Events During the National Trust Heritage Month

The Embroiderers’ Guild of WA is hosting a number of events that celebrate the many contributions  during the National Trust Heritage Month.

This year’s theme, Having a Voice, encourages participants to share their stories through different voices, as a way to recognise the many narratives that contributed to what Western Australia is today.

Guild members and are invited to join the following events led by the Guild’s various groups.

To reserve seats, please send your RSVP to Gaynor Ashford at gaynorashford@nullhotmail.com or phone 0409 269 526.


A Voice of Fashion – Bags and Purses

Speaker: Valerie Cavill
When: Friday,  28 April, 10am – 12 noon
Venue: Guild House, 565 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove
Host: Collections Group

Valerie Cavill, textile collector, historian, and founder of the Guild’s Textile Collection, relates social and cultural history through bags and purses. Using examples from her personal collection and the Guild’s Collection she explores their uses and construction.


The Long Road to Emancipation

Speaker: Olwyn Scott

When: Monday, May 1, 10am -11.30am

Venue: Guild House, 565 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove

Host: Lace Group

Hear international award winning lace maker Olwyn Scott recount women’s social history through the ages by means of her prize winning bobbin lace.


Magic, Mystery, and the Power of Beads

Speaker: Valerie Cavill

When: Wednesday, May 3, 1pm – 2.30pm

Venue: Alexandra Park Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora

Host: Thread Magic Group

Valerie Cavill relates social and economic history through beads, from seeds to crystal, using examples from her personal collection and the Guild’s.


Magic, Mystery, and the Power of Beads – 2

Speaker: Valerie Cavill

When: Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Venue: Guild House, 565 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove

Host: 565 Evening Group

Before the Siren: Embroiderers’ Guild of WA Features in the AFL Women’s Inaugural

Before the Siren

The Embroiderers’ Guild of WA is participating in the AFL Women’s inaugural on Sunday, February 19th. Titled Before the Siren, the event recognises women’s achievements in sports and women’s community groups, and is one of the major celebrations during the month-long Perth International Arts Festival.

The show will be hosted by Hannah Gadsby and will feature women’s groups and communities from WA, such as The Butler Falcons, The Sirens, The Shirley Club, WA Roller Derby, The Red Hatters, Girl Guides WA, Gorna Lian Indigenous Dancers and many more!

So bring along your friends and families and celebrate with us! Pre-show activities, bar and food are available.

Gates open at 5pm, while food and drinks are provided to volunteers!


Are you a member of the Guild? 

  • Represent! Let’s walk as a team across the oval and through our very own special banner.
  • Be at the South Freo Football Club rooms at Freo oval by 2.30 PM for rehearsals and the performance by 3:00 PM.
  • You won’t be asked to kick balls or run around, but you can bring your stitching projects!
  • Wear black pants, a mauve or purple shirt, or Freo Dockers accessories, if you have any.
  • Wear sneakers – hard shoes are not allowed on the oval.
  • Have FUN!


Photo source: Perth International Arts Festival

Guild House to Close for the Holidays, Stitch in the City Meet-Up to Resume on 17 January

The Guild House will be closed until the 31st of January 2017, whilst our weekly Stitch in the City CBD Group meet up will resume on the Tuesday, 17th of January at Dome Cafe on James Street, Northbridge.

However, we will continue to receive your messages. For enquiries about Guild services and programs, please leave your messages at (08) 9330 3065. For marketing and promotional enquiries, please email us at embguildpr@nullwestnet.com.au.

Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year from all of us at Embroiderers’ Guild of Western Australia!


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