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finishing-2-550Up to thirty groups (we call them ‘Guidance Groups’) meet monthly at Embroidery House in Melbourne.

Some groups  are general sit and sew groups, while others focus on a particular technique.

Every member is welcome to attend any group.

A $2.00 charge per session helps cover running costs.

3D and Metal Thread Group

This group is for everyone interested in metal thread work (not limited to goldwork) and at every level. Join enthusiasts of both traditional and contemporary metal thread work whenever the month has a fifth Monday (3-4 times each year). The official hours are 10.00am to 3.00pm but just come when you can.

5th Monday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Beyond Intermediate Group

The group meets on the third Saturday of the month, between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Members include a wide age range and most are members with working commitments. They stitch in any technique and welcome any Guild member who has attended an Intermediate class, or who has an equivalent level of stitching expertise.

3rd Saturday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Blackwork and Counted Thread Group

This enthusiastic group meets on the fourth Sunday of the month between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Members work on embroideries in counted thread techniques, or blackwork style. At least once a year they work on a group project.

4th Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Cabinet of Curiosities Group

Meets on the fourth Saturday of the month. This group is designed specifically for EGV members who are taking part in the on-line class learning about Elizabethan embroidery. Meetings start at 10.30am and finish at 2.30pm. Members can sit and work on their current stitching or just listen to the discussions. This is a great opportunity to meet other members interested in Elizabethan embroidery and get to know the Guild.

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

4th Saturday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Ceremonial Group

The Ceremonial Group meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 10.00am until 12.00pm. They are a varied group, all with an interest in restoring old or producing new ceremonial embroideries for various civil and religious groups. During group mornings, members discuss items of interest, or work on personal or group projects such as commissions of new items or restorations of old embroideries. Restorations for churches, museums and schools are undertaken at Embroidery House on a voluntary basis. Please contact The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria if you have an item that needs care.

2nd Saturday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Counted Thread Group

This sociable group meets on the first Friday of the month, from 10.30am until lunchtime. Members sit and sew in a range of techniques, mainly counted thread work.

1st Friday 10.00am - 12.30pm

Creative Group

Meets on the third Friday of the month between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Group members like to work in new and creative ways (both machine and hand embroidery) and to experiment with new techniques and products. Members show their current project, and discuss any related problems or triumphs. There is usually a topic set for each meeting, led by one of the group, with samples and ideas.

3rd Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Creative Play Group

The Creative Play Group meets on the third Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Each month members play with a different technique or product. A list of what to bring each month is emailed to group members, and can also be found in the Members Only section.

3rd Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Crewel Group

The Crewel Group meets on the second Friday of the month at 10.30am. This is for members with a love for crewel embroidery. Traditional designs are readily available, and help (if needed) choosing stitches and colours is freely given. They meet from 10.30am and have lunch together before finishing in the afternoon.

2nd Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Elizabethan Casket Group

Students participating in the ongoing Elizabethan Casket classes meet on the 4th Saturday to continue working on their pieces. This time is a great opportunity to discuss problems and get advice from each other. It also keeps everyone ‘on track’ towards finishing the various pieces of the project.

4th Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Fourth Monday Group

Meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 10.00am until 3.00pm, and members come and go during the day as they wish. They sit and stitch in every technique in a happy and chatty atmosphere. New members are always welcome. As an extra bonus, drop in if you ever have a tatting query.

4th Monday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Gift Boutique Workshop

This wonderful group  meets on the second Wednesday of the month to work on items for the Gift Boutique, part of our annual Members Exhibition. The materials and plans for the projects are supplied, and members then work together to complete and donate many lovely items. New workers are always welcome. Meetings start at 10.30 a.m. and continue until the afternoon.

2nd Wednesday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Historical Tools Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month between 10.00am and 12.00pm, and is responsible for the care of the Guild’s extensive collection of embroidery tools and for its display. The group would love more interested members to join them.

3rd Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Japanese/Chinese Embroidery Group

Members of this group have all taken classes in either Japanese or Chinese embroidery. They meet on the third Sunday of the month between 11.00am and mid-afternoon, working on their current project and assisting each other with any problems. Any member who has attended Japanese or Chinese embroidery classes is encouraged to join them. Anyone who has an interest in these embroidery styles, or who is thinking of taking a class, is most welcome to attend and have a look.

3rd Sunday 11.00am - 2.30pm

Jumping In Group

This group meets at Embroidery House on the fourth Sunday of the month at 10.00am-12 noon. (Stay longer if you wish).  We aim to help and inspire less experienced members to work to a theme for their upcoming exhibition. (This year the exhibition theme is Ebb and Flow.) Bring along any embroidery relating to that theme you may have started, along with ideas, relevant pictures, books etc to discuss. We share ideas and encourage and help where we can.

4th Sunday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Knit and Purl Group

This group meets on the second Sunday of the month between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Members bring their knitting, share ideas, and there are occasional group projects. As well, some amazing embroideries have been produced using knitting as a base.

2nd Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Lace Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30am until 12.30pm and welcomes all people interested in lace, whether they are lace-makers or simply love lace. Members are encouraged to bring lace pieces to work on, and there is a short show and tell at most meetings. The group takes advantage of the Guild’s Lace Collection a few times a year, in order to study a particular type of lace. As well, the group sometimes challenges its members to try a certain lace style.

2nd Tuesday 10.30am - 12.30pm

Linen Embroidery Group

This group meets when a month has a fifth Thursday, about four times a year. Meetings run from 10.00am to about 3.00pm. There is usually a display board for completed projects, which is wonderful to see. Members work on their own projects but may be prompted by the group’s leader to try something new. (See also the Weekend Whitework Group).

5th Thursday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Machine Embroidery Group

This group loves free machine embroidery though members do NOT bring their machines to the meetings on the first Sunday of the month (from 10.00am until 12.00pm). They show any completed or uncompleted work, and discuss related problems and successes. An amazing amount of expertise is freely shared. There is usually a monthly challenge (not compulsory) and sometimes a group project.

1st Sunday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Metro/Country Sit and Sew Group

Members from country branches and from Melbourne join together about four times a year, whenever a month has a fifth Wednesday. It’s always a great sit and stitch occasion – plus some wonderful morning tea nibbles – beginning at 10.00am and running until 3.00pm. Members attend as train timetables suit.

5th Wednesday 10.00am - 3.00pm

New Members Group

Meets on the second Saturday of the month. This group is designed specifically for new members of the Embroiderers Guild. Meetings start at 10.30am and finish at 12.30pm. There is a short discussion about various aspects of the Guild, help with any questions that arise about the Guild and a presentation about different embroidery techniques to whet people’s appetite for embroidery. Those who come along can sit and work on their current stitching or just listen to the discussion. This is a great opportunity to meet other new members and get to know the Guild.

2nd Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm

Pakenham Guidance Group

Start 2017 with a great new group of friends!

A new Guidance Group for all members (and especially those in the outer South East metropolitan through to the Gippsland region) is starting on January 21, 2017. Beginners are very welcome.

We meet at the Outlook Community Centre, 24 Toomuc Valley Road, Pakenham. There’s a $6.00 attendance fee to help with the rental.

Everyone is welcome – bring your stitching, your stitching problems, and your enthusiasm. Lesley Turner and Jenny Wanless are your co-convenors.

 

3rd Saturday 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Passionate Stitchers Group

This small but enthusiastic group of members meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings start at 7.30pm and members sit and sew in any technique. Experienced embroiderers can provide assistance with any stitching dilemmas, and access to the library is available.

4th Tuesday 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Patchwork Group

This group started in 1981 and is still going strong! Meetings are on the fourth Friday of the month, starting at 10.30am and continuing into the afternoon. The group usually has a show and tell, and then sits and sews. Occasionally members may work on a group project. Members happily help one another with any problems and are very welcoming of new members. (See also Pushing the Boundaries Group.)

4th Friday 10.30am - 3.30pm

Pushing the Boundaries Group

This group enjoys experimenting with aspects of design in quilting and patchwork. “Usually our ideas outstrip our ability to complete examples, but we aim to complete 1 quilt plus 3-4 exercises per year”. One outing per year is organised. The group meets on the first Monday of the month from 10.30 to 12.30 and new members are very welcome. (See also the Patchwork Group).

1st Monday 10.30am - 12.30pm

Saturday Stitchery Group

This friendly group meets meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10.00am until lunchtime. They sit and stitch on their own projects. Some members then have lunch together and stay on for the monthly Saturday afternoon General Meeting at 2.00pm. New members are very welcome.

2nd Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm

Shelagh Amor’s Group

This night-time group meets on the third Wednesday of the month, from 7.30pm until 10.00pm, with supper at 9.30. Members work in a wide range of techniques, and plenty of help is on hand if you have any stitching problems.

3rd Wednesday 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Smocking Group

This group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 10.00am to 2.00pm and welcomes members at every skill level. Bring your latest project, your lunch and any queries, and stitch with fellow enthusiasts.

1st Thursday 10.00am - 2.00pm

Stitch of the Month Group

Meeting on the second Monday of each month from 10.00am to 12.00pm, this group plays with just one stitch every meeting. There are samples, show and tell, and playing with the ways that a single stitch can be varied – it’s not a class, but members do inspire each other! All welcome – from new to long-standing members.

2nd Monday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Stitching Club

This group meets on the second Thursday of the month, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Each month an experienced stitcher leads you in playing with a different embroidery technique (advertised in ‘Threadlines’ and in the Members Only section of this website). Your result is placed on a greeting card to take home. The inclusive cost of $5 per session gives you a card, stitching design and the fabric. Bring your stranded embroidery threads, scissors, needles etc, a 5 inch hoop (or similar) if you have one, and your lunch. Just come when you can. Everyone is welcome.

2nd Thursday 10.00am - 2.00pm

Third Sunday Guidance Group

This group meets on the third Sunday of the month, between 10.00am and 3.30pm (though not all members stay for the full time). Members sit and sew in any technique. Occasionally there will be a group project organised, and once a year there is a special effort to make items for the Gift Boutique.

3rd Sunday 10.00am - 3.30pm

Weekend Canvaswork Group

This group meets about four times a year, whenever a month has a fifth Sunday. Anyone stitching on canvas, at any level, is very welcome. Traditional and contemporary stitchers work happily together and share ideas and encouragement. Meetings begin at 10.00am and run until 3.00pm.

5th Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Weekend Whitework Group

This group meets about four times a year, whenever a month has a fifth Sunday. Meetings begin at 10.00am and run until 3.00pm. ‘Whitework’ is a term covering a wide range of techniques, and here you’ll find experienced embroiderers available to help with any whitework problem. (See also the Linen Embroidery Group).

 

5th Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Passionate Stitchers Group

This small but enthusiastic group of members meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings start at 7.30pm and members sit and sew in any technique. Experienced embroiderers can provide assistance with any stitching dilemmas, and access to the library is available.

4th Tuesday 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Shelagh Amor’s Group

This night-time group meets on the third Wednesday of the month, from 7.30pm until 10.00pm, with supper at 9.30. Members work in a wide range of techniques, and plenty of help is on hand if you have any stitching problems.

3rd Wednesday 7.30pm - 10.00pm

3D and Metal Thread Group

This group is for everyone interested in metal thread work (not limited to goldwork) and at every level. Join enthusiasts of both traditional and contemporary metal thread work whenever the month has a fifth Monday (3-4 times each year). The official hours are 10.00am to 3.00pm but just come when you can.

5th Monday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Counted Thread Group

This sociable group meets on the first Friday of the month, from 10.30am until lunchtime. Members sit and sew in a range of techniques, mainly counted thread work.

1st Friday 10.00am - 12.30pm

Creative Group

Meets on the third Friday of the month between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Group members like to work in new and creative ways (both machine and hand embroidery) and to experiment with new techniques and products. Members show their current project, and discuss any related problems or triumphs. There is usually a topic set for each meeting, led by one of the group, with samples and ideas.

3rd Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Creative Play Group

The Creative Play Group meets on the third Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Each month members play with a different technique or product. A list of what to bring each month is emailed to group members, and can also be found in the Members Only section.

3rd Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Crewel Group

The Crewel Group meets on the second Friday of the month at 10.30am. This is for members with a love for crewel embroidery. Traditional designs are readily available, and help (if needed) choosing stitches and colours is freely given. They meet from 10.30am and have lunch together before finishing in the afternoon.

2nd Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Fourth Monday Group

Meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 10.00am until 3.00pm, and members come and go during the day as they wish. They sit and stitch in every technique in a happy and chatty atmosphere. New members are always welcome. As an extra bonus, drop in if you ever have a tatting query.

4th Monday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Gift Boutique Workshop

This wonderful group  meets on the second Wednesday of the month to work on items for the Gift Boutique, part of our annual Members Exhibition. The materials and plans for the projects are supplied, and members then work together to complete and donate many lovely items. New workers are always welcome. Meetings start at 10.30 a.m. and continue until the afternoon.

2nd Wednesday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Historical Tools Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month between 10.00am and 12.00pm, and is responsible for the care of the Guild’s extensive collection of embroidery tools and for its display. The group would love more interested members to join them.

3rd Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Linen Embroidery Group

This group meets when a month has a fifth Thursday, about four times a year. Meetings run from 10.00am to about 3.00pm. There is usually a display board for completed projects, which is wonderful to see. Members work on their own projects but may be prompted by the group’s leader to try something new. (See also the Weekend Whitework Group).

5th Thursday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Metro/Country Sit and Sew Group

Members from country branches and from Melbourne join together about four times a year, whenever a month has a fifth Wednesday. It’s always a great sit and stitch occasion – plus some wonderful morning tea nibbles – beginning at 10.00am and running until 3.00pm. Members attend as train timetables suit.

5th Wednesday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Patchwork Group

This group started in 1981 and is still going strong! Meetings are on the fourth Friday of the month, starting at 10.30am and continuing into the afternoon. The group usually has a show and tell, and then sits and sews. Occasionally members may work on a group project. Members happily help one another with any problems and are very welcoming of new members. (See also Pushing the Boundaries Group.)

4th Friday 10.30am - 3.30pm

Pushing the Boundaries Group

This group enjoys experimenting with aspects of design in quilting and patchwork. “Usually our ideas outstrip our ability to complete examples, but we aim to complete 1 quilt plus 3-4 exercises per year”. One outing per year is organised. The group meets on the first Monday of the month from 10.30 to 12.30 and new members are very welcome. (See also the Patchwork Group).

1st Monday 10.30am - 12.30pm

Smocking Group

This group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 10.00am to 2.00pm and welcomes members at every skill level. Bring your latest project, your lunch and any queries, and stitch with fellow enthusiasts.

1st Thursday 10.00am - 2.00pm

Stitching Club

This group meets on the second Thursday of the month, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Each month an experienced stitcher leads you in playing with a different embroidery technique (advertised in ‘Threadlines’ and in the Members Only section of this website). Your result is placed on a greeting card to take home. The inclusive cost of $5 per session gives you a card, stitching design and the fabric. Bring your stranded embroidery threads, scissors, needles etc, a 5 inch hoop (or similar) if you have one, and your lunch. Just come when you can. Everyone is welcome.

2nd Thursday 10.00am - 2.00pm

Beyond Intermediate Group

The group meets on the third Saturday of the month, between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Members include a wide age range and most are members with working commitments. They stitch in any technique and welcome any Guild member who has attended an Intermediate class, or who has an equivalent level of stitching expertise.

3rd Saturday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Blackwork and Counted Thread Group

This enthusiastic group meets on the fourth Sunday of the month between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Members work on embroideries in counted thread techniques, or blackwork style. At least once a year they work on a group project.

4th Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Cabinet of Curiosities Group

Meets on the fourth Saturday of the month. This group is designed specifically for EGV members who are taking part in the on-line class learning about Elizabethan embroidery. Meetings start at 10.30am and finish at 2.30pm. Members can sit and work on their current stitching or just listen to the discussions. This is a great opportunity to meet other members interested in Elizabethan embroidery and get to know the Guild.

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

4th Saturday 10.30am - 2.30pm

Ceremonial Group

The Ceremonial Group meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 10.00am until 12.00pm. They are a varied group, all with an interest in restoring old or producing new ceremonial embroideries for various civil and religious groups. During group mornings, members discuss items of interest, or work on personal or group projects such as commissions of new items or restorations of old embroideries. Restorations for churches, museums and schools are undertaken at Embroidery House on a voluntary basis. Please contact The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria if you have an item that needs care.

2nd Saturday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Elizabethan Casket Group

Students participating in the ongoing Elizabethan Casket classes meet on the 4th Saturday to continue working on their pieces. This time is a great opportunity to discuss problems and get advice from each other. It also keeps everyone ‘on track’ towards finishing the various pieces of the project.

4th Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Japanese/Chinese Embroidery Group

Members of this group have all taken classes in either Japanese or Chinese embroidery. They meet on the third Sunday of the month between 11.00am and mid-afternoon, working on their current project and assisting each other with any problems. Any member who has attended Japanese or Chinese embroidery classes is encouraged to join them. Anyone who has an interest in these embroidery styles, or who is thinking of taking a class, is most welcome to attend and have a look.

3rd Sunday 11.00am - 2.30pm

Jumping In Group

This group meets at Embroidery House on the fourth Sunday of the month at 10.00am-12 noon. (Stay longer if you wish).  We aim to help and inspire less experienced members to work to a theme for their upcoming exhibition. (This year the exhibition theme is Ebb and Flow.) Bring along any embroidery relating to that theme you may have started, along with ideas, relevant pictures, books etc to discuss. We share ideas and encourage and help where we can.

4th Sunday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Knit and Purl Group

This group meets on the second Sunday of the month between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Members bring their knitting, share ideas, and there are occasional group projects. As well, some amazing embroideries have been produced using knitting as a base.

2nd Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Machine Embroidery Group

This group loves free machine embroidery though members do NOT bring their machines to the meetings on the first Sunday of the month (from 10.00am until 12.00pm). They show any completed or uncompleted work, and discuss related problems and successes. An amazing amount of expertise is freely shared. There is usually a monthly challenge (not compulsory) and sometimes a group project.

1st Sunday 10.00am - 12.00pm

New Members Group

Meets on the second Saturday of the month. This group is designed specifically for new members of the Embroiderers Guild. Meetings start at 10.30am and finish at 12.30pm. There is a short discussion about various aspects of the Guild, help with any questions that arise about the Guild and a presentation about different embroidery techniques to whet people’s appetite for embroidery. Those who come along can sit and work on their current stitching or just listen to the discussion. This is a great opportunity to meet other new members and get to know the Guild.

2nd Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm

Pakenham Guidance Group

Start 2017 with a great new group of friends!

A new Guidance Group for all members (and especially those in the outer South East metropolitan through to the Gippsland region) is starting on January 21, 2017. Beginners are very welcome.

We meet at the Outlook Community Centre, 24 Toomuc Valley Road, Pakenham. There’s a $6.00 attendance fee to help with the rental.

Everyone is welcome – bring your stitching, your stitching problems, and your enthusiasm. Lesley Turner and Jenny Wanless are your co-convenors.

 

3rd Saturday 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Saturday Stitchery Group

This friendly group meets meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10.00am until lunchtime. They sit and stitch on their own projects. Some members then have lunch together and stay on for the monthly Saturday afternoon General Meeting at 2.00pm. New members are very welcome.

2nd Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm

Third Sunday Guidance Group

This group meets on the third Sunday of the month, between 10.00am and 3.30pm (though not all members stay for the full time). Members sit and sew in any technique. Occasionally there will be a group project organised, and once a year there is a special effort to make items for the Gift Boutique.

3rd Sunday 10.00am - 3.30pm

Weekend Canvaswork Group

This group meets about four times a year, whenever a month has a fifth Sunday. Anyone stitching on canvas, at any level, is very welcome. Traditional and contemporary stitchers work happily together and share ideas and encouragement. Meetings begin at 10.00am and run until 3.00pm.

5th Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

Weekend Whitework Group

This group meets about four times a year, whenever a month has a fifth Sunday. Meetings begin at 10.00am and run until 3.00pm. ‘Whitework’ is a term covering a wide range of techniques, and here you’ll find experienced embroiderers available to help with any whitework problem. (See also the Linen Embroidery Group).

 

5th Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm

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