What is the Hertfordshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild?
The Hertfordshire Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild was formed in 1974.
It is one of many regional branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, which is the largest craft organisation in the UK.
The primary purpose of the Guild is to promote embroidery and related crafts.
What does the Hertfordshire Branch do?
The branch has a varied annual programme including:
- Monthly meetings
- Talks on embroidery and related subjects
- Workshops or Day classes
- Quarterly Newsletter
- Exhibitions and outings
See What’s On
Who can join?
Anyone interested in any aspect of needle-crafts and textiles.
Do I need to be an expert? NO – in fact, you do not even have to be able to stitch!
When are the meetings held?
The meetings are held once a month (except August) on Friday evenings at 8 pm or Saturday afternoons at 2 pm (plus occasional Saturday mornings).
See our Branch Programme for this year
Where are the meetings held?
United Reformed Church Hall
St Albans AL2 3HG
Car parking is available outside the hall and in Watford Road.
Buses from Watford and St Albans stop close by
What happens at a typical meeting?
Brief introduction with business matters arising.
A fascinating and informative talk on any aspect of embroidery or related craft. This may be illustrated with visual material and examples of work. Talks last about an hour. Other meetings may take a more practical form.
Meetings also provide an opportunity to:
- Borrow library books and hire equipment
- Book places for day classes
- Chat about embroidery and enjoy refreshments
- Meet with like-minded people
- Browse the Sales Table for materials and, occasionally, books
Visitors are very welcome – Drop in or contact us first
What happens at a Workshop?
Several workshops or day classes are held throughout the year. These are usually for members only as they are very popular. Classes are planned to cater for all interests and abilities. They give an opportunity to learn new skills or develop existing ones. Numbers are usually limited to 12-16 for each class to enable the tutor to give individual attention. Workshops are held in the same hall as the meetings, on Saturdays from 10.30 am (arrive from 10.00 am for preparation) until 4.30 pm. Participants bring their own packed lunches.
What other activities are there?
- Branch exhibitions
- Regional exhibitions
- Annual Regional Day
- Competition for Nora Jones Trophy
- Christmas Event
- Occasional outings
- SOS (Stitch on Saturday) – 3 per year
How much does it cost?
Meetings with a Guest Speaker £4
Back to Basics and Member-led Branch Meetings £3
Classes £25 per day (£30 for non-members)
Summer School fees are as advertised
Prices correct for Sep 2018
At time of writing the Guild and Branch membership fee is under review. It is usually around £30 per year, and includes national and branch fees. Branch membership runs from September for one year. Also, you can usually pay your National Guild membership online through the Embroiderers’ Guild site.
How Can I Join?
The easiest way to join is by coming to a meeting.
Are there any activities for young people?
Yes, please see the separate page about our Junior Embroiderers and Textile Students activities