Branches

Branches and Country Groups   

Welcome to The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, which is a statewide organisation with 12 vitally active regional branches (including 1 country group) whose members enjoy monthly or weekly activities, classes, exhibitions, excursions and more. 

Invitation

Each Branch kindly invites you to join them at their meetings and gatherings. Experienced members will willingly help beginners who are new to embroidery or particular types of embroidery.

Can you visit a branch meeting or gathering to find out about it?

Yes, you are welcome to visit any branch 3 times before joining. Ask lots of questions :-)

Members love to meet others who enjoy sewing and they're happy to share what they're making.

Beginning, Practising or Experienced?

All levels of skill, from beginners to experienced, are welcomed and supported by local branch members or visiting tutors.

What embroidery can you do and learn when you join a branch?

Embroidery is not just doilies!

Branches learn and teach a vast range of traditional and contemporary embroideries and textiles. Techniques are practised, shared and encouraged.

See the Photo Gallery for a snapshot of the types of embroideries you might sew. Keep in mind.... these are exemplar pieces. Not one of us started at this level and many of us sew much simpler designs. Our priority is for enjoyment, not perfection.

What is a beginner?

A beginner might be new to any hand sewing. A beginner might be practised at cross-stitch, knitting or crochet, for example, and new to other types of textiles, such as Crewel or Hardanger. A beginner will already be a member of a branch. We are all beginners at something! 

Newcomers

As a newcomer, you might like to bring something that you are stitching or simply watch and ask about what each member is working on. You will find that embroiderers are often humble, but keen to show and tell. They are renowned for their generosity and will happily help you get started.

How can you find out about your local branch?

Please click on a link below to find out about your local branch, make contact and be warmly welcomed. 

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, regular meetings and activities have been suspended in some areas. Please check with each branch for their current situation. 

 

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Branch and Country Group Members   

What are your fellow embroiderers designing, producing and learning around Victoria?

Discover the wonderful creations taking place at other branches as they proudly showcase their current activities.

Click on the links below to open up an ever-changing world of exciting traditional and contemporary embroideries and textiles.

(Branches' websites are currently being updated) 

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Welcome to our Albury/Wodonga Branch
 
We meet at: 
Mirambeena Community Centre
19 Martha Mews
Lavington NSW 2641
 
Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 49, Lavington NSW 2641
 

Meetings:  First and third Tuesdays each month form 9.30 am - 2.30 pm, February to November.

Plus:  We run workshops, classes, Sit & Sew sessions. Visitors are always welcome. 

Contact:  0417 021 209  Email:  aw@embroiderersguildvic.org

 

Join or Renew

Welcome to our Ararat Branch
 
We meet at: Ararat010-150x150
The Ararat Harness Racing Club
Blake Street
Ararat 3377
(behind Ararat North Primary School)
Free Parking
 
Beginners welcome!
 
  • Monthly classes (in-house and external tutors)
  • Annual bus trip to other branches, a shopping trip to Melbourne, or to an exhibition
  • Every second year, we hold our own exhibition
  • Visitors and all EGV members are most welcome. 
  • Prospective members may visit 3 times before joining.

Contact:  0439 386 688  Email:  ararat@embroiderersguildvic.org

 

Welcome to our Ballarat Branch Ballarat013-150x150
 
Ballarat became a branch in 1984 and currently is one of the larger branches of the guild with approximately 120 members.
 

Our aims are to provide a safe and friendly ambience, to conduct classes of choice for our members and visitors to enhance their embroidery skills, to share knowledge, and most importantly, to enjoy the social interaction within our branch.  

Our branch has a lease with the Ballarat Bridge Club. We are very fortunate to have a large meeting/stitching room with excellent lighting, air conditioning, heating, and a well-equipped kitchen area. We have a well-stocked library and a secure storeroom to house embroidery items, documents and embroidery tools.

Our Newsletter Editor is kept busy presenting a colourful monthly newsletter to keep our members updated with news, embroidery tips, photos and places and events to attend. Most are emailed; some sent by post.

If you would like to learn more about our branch and activities you are welcome to call, text or visit us on the days we meet as noted below. We would be delighted to hear from you. Beginners to experienced stitchers are very welcome.

 

We meet at:

The  Ballarat Bridge Club
1001 Eyre Street, Ballarat.

Postal Address:

P.O.Box 45w
Ballarat West 3350.

Contact:

Ballarat Secretary
0408 993 121.

Email: ballarat@embroiderersguildvic.org

 
Ballarat Branch welcomes all Guild members and visitors to our groups every month from February to November.

Sit and Sew
1st Saturday: 10.30am – 3.00pm

Smocking and Beading
2nd Tuesday: 10.30am – 3.00pm

Lace Group
2nd Tuesday: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Everybody Counts
2nd Thursday: 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Sit and Sew
3rd Tuesday: 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Sit and Sew
3rd Thursday: 10.30am – 3.00pm

Patchwork
4th Tuesday: 10.30am – 3.00pm
4th Tuesday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Creative Works
4th Wednesday: 10.30am – 3.00pm

Some groups are embroidery specific, such as 'Everybody Counts', which relates to embroidery whereby you count stitches such as cross stitch, hardanger etc. However, many members choose to do their own style of embroidery at these groups. The aim is to be comfortable and enjoy each others' company and skills.

Other Meetings and Events:

Monthly Committee meetings.

Three general meetings held in March, July and November.

Branch AGM held on the 1st Saturday in May.

Branch Biennial Exhibition (next 2022.)

‘Autumn Leaves’ Seminar (held in alternate years, next 2023).

We’d love to meet you.

 

Please click on the link below to see samples of the 450 beautiful exhibits at our 2020 Exhibition titled 'Needles, Knots and Threads'.

Ballarat Exhibition 2020

Below are 9 samples that highlight our diversity.

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Ballarat 6   Ballarat 3   Ballarat 8

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Welcome to our Bendigo Branch
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Old Marong Shire Hall
Marong
(Melway ref: 609 C3)
 
Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 2045, Mail Centre, Bendigo, 3554
 

Contact: 0413 275 565      Email: bendigo@embroiderersguildvic.org

Monthly Meetings: We meet on the first Sunday of each month, from 10.00am – 3.00pm. On this day we hold our general meeting over lunch and members bring their own stitiching to work on. There are often guest speakers and shared lunches for special occasions. There are also regular special interest days and an informative monthly newsletter.

Visitors are most welcome to attend. Come and join us. We look forward to meeting you.

SPECIAL INTEREST DAYS EACH MONTH

  • Third Sunday of the month:
    • Sit and Sew 
    • Beading
    • Lace Group
    • Junior Group
    • UFO stitching (members supporting members)
  • As advised in our newsletter
    • Workshops
    • Crazy Patch & Small Treasurers
    • Boutique (where items are made to sell at our biennial exhibition)

PLUS: 

  • Summer School every January
  • Winter School each alternate year in July
  • Exhibition every two years.
Welcome to our Castlemaine Branch
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Mount Alexander Golf Club
Wimble Street
Castlemaine
 
Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 156, Castlemaine, 3450
 
Contact: 0408 474 177     Email: cmaine@embroiderersguildvic.org
 

Meetings: We meet on the third Wednesday of every month (except January) from 10.00am to 3.00pm. At this meeting members work on individual or group projects, and there is also a general meeting. There are frequent guest speakers and shared luncheons.

Visitors are most welcome to all meetings.

Special interest groups meet regularly:

  • Saturday Group
  • In Stitches Group – devoted to every kind of surface stitchery
  • Conservation and Historical Studies Group
  • Texture and Stitch (machine embroidery and surface embellishment)
  • Crewel Group
  • Drawn Thread Group

   PLUS: we provide:

  • A lively and informative monthly newsletter
  • A comprehensive lending library covering all forms of stitching and textile art
  • Workshops, classes, outings and social events
  • A biennial exhibition in conjunction with the Castlemaine State Festival.
    • Next date to be advised- hopefully in Spring 2021 
    • Exhibition Title: "21 Years along the Embroiderers' Path"
Welcome to our Flinders Country Group
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Flinders Yacht Club.
Flinders foreshore, overlooking Westernport Bay and Philip Island
(Melway ref: 262 B10)
 
Branch Postal Address:
C/- PO Box 2126, ROSEBUD 3939
 
Contact: (03) 5989 2173      Email: flinders@embroiderersguildvic.org
 

Stitching, friendship, and an incomparable view!

Meetings: All Guild members and other visitors are welcome to join us every first Monday and every fifth Monday  (if the month has a fifth Monday) of the month at the Flinders Yacht Club..

How to find us:

  • Drive down to the pier, then along the car park to a small gate.
  • Follow the gravel road for quite a distance till you come to a clearing and a wooden building right on the foreshore.
  • That’s the Flinders Yacht Club! We meet there every first and fifth Monday from February to December.

 

 

Welcome to our Geelong Branch
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St David's Uniting Church Hall
Cnr Aphrasia and Talbot Streets
Newtown

 

Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 252, Geelong, 3220
 

Contact: 0419 165 353     Email: geelong@embroiderersguildvic.org

Meetings: We meet from 10.00am to 2.00pm, the second Monday of the month.
At this meeting, we sew and chat, use our library and enjoy guest speakers. We sometimes have a taster table where you can learn a new technique or stitch. Visitors and Guild members from elsewhere are always welcome.
 

Special interest groups also meet  regularly - please contact us for current meeting places.

Counted Thread Techniques
First Monday of the month: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Canvaswork
Third Monday of the month: 11.00pm – 3.00pm.

GeeTag (Fibre Art)Group
Second Saturday of the month: 12.00 noon – 4.00pm

The Manor Lakes Group meets at the Manor Lakes Community Learning Centre on the first Thursday of the month at 10.00am. Bring something to sew, or join in one of our group activities (bring needle and scissors) and join us for lunch.

Patchwork Group
Fourth Wednesday of the month: 10.00am.

More groups meet regularly at members’ homes.

We also provide:

  • ‘Introduction to Embroidery’ sessions (please contact us if you wish to join a beginners session).
  • Classes in a range of techniques from beginner to advanced levels throughout the year. Sign-up sheets are available at our meetings.
  • A comprehensive library available for borrowing covering traditional and contemporary embroidery and textile arts.
  • Fun, friendship, and a stitch-supportive environment.

For the latest class and meeting details please check our branch website.

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Welcome to our Leongatha Branch
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Leongatha Uniting Church
Peart Street, Leongatha
 

Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 46, Leongatha Vic 3953

Contact: (03) 5655 1626     Email: leongatha@embroiderersguildvic.org

Meetings: Regular monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month, from February to December, between 9.00am and 12 noon.

  • Guild members and visitors are always very welcome to join us.

Guidance Groups: 

  • Cape Paterson Community Centre on the third Thursday of each month, from 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Korumburra Access Centre, 3 Radovick Street, Korumburra from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

 

 

Hello and Welcome to our Mildura Branch
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About Us

Although we are a relatively small branch, we are very productive and enjoy a diversity of skills, techniques, materials and projects. One of the lovely aspects of our group is that we are inclusive and supportive of everyone. We celebrate and applaud beautifully traditional and excitingly contemporary embroideries. It’s wonderful to have talented members willing to teach and we simply ask. We proudly invite you to click on the links below to view our work and to contact us to say 'Hello'.

We meet at:
MADEC (Mildura and District Education Centre)
133-177 Madden Avenue, Mildura
(opposite the Mildura RSL)

Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 131, Mildura Vic 3502

Contact:
President 0438 293 796
Email: mildura@embroiderersguildvic.org

Meetings:
(Please contact us to find out the latest news - meetings change as the pandemic situation changes)

  • Sit and Sew every Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • We also meet on the second and fourth Saturday of each month with our felting group
  • Our basketry group meets on the second Wednesday each month
  • We enjoy January's Summer School with specific skills or projects being offered in-house
  • A highlight is our Exhibition which occurs every 2 years in September

Facebook: 
We invite you to view a range of our textiles at  https://www.facebook.com/embroiderersguildmildura

Publications:
Newsletters: Our friendly group is delighted to receive our weekly newsletters with photos and captions. In 2020, we published 43, which were emailed (or posted as required) to our members.

Please click on the links to see the attached documents of our 2021 photographic newsletters.

AG 1  'Summer School- Buttoned Up' 1. Photos January 15 2021      

KR BOX   'Felters Rule'        2. Photos January 22 2021

Lyn B  'Quilts and Buttons'        3. Photos January 29 2021

Screen Shot 2021-02-12 at 8.58.24 am  'Death Head Buttons'      4. Photos February 5 2021

Neaci dandelion 2  'A Dandelion and Machine Quilting'       5. Photos February 12 2021

68d96bd1-7a18-4538-b4a1-d128f5a139a4   'Heavenly Hats'       6. Photos February 19 2021

 

Published Books: We are proud of our annual hardcover books, which are professionally published to showcase photos of every member, their textile works, tutors and special events.

1. 2020 Book 

Mildura 2020 Cover

2 Sample Pages from our 2020 Book

Alice Gove 2020 Book

Mildura Suzanne 2020

Please click on the link below to see our 2020 book titled 'Our Year in Isewlation' with 100 pages and 723 photos.

(This will take you to a new website called Photobook Australia. It will open in a new window. The Embroiderers Guild website will remain open at the top of your page. You can log in via Facebook or Google or add your email address. A p will flash on your screen for a short time.... and then you can enjoy our 'picture story' book)

2020 Book: 'Our Year in Isewlation'

 

2. 2019 Book Please click on the link below to see our book 

2019 Book: 'Mildura Branch'

2019 Book

 

Please pop back as we update frequently. Take care everyone pink smile

 

Welcome to our Mornington Peninsula Branch
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Mt Eliza Community Centre
Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza
(Melway ref: 101 E/F 1)
 

Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 220, Mt Eliza Vic 3930

Contact: (03) 9787 3055    Email: mornington@embroiderersguildvic.org

Meetings: We meet every Wednesday, from February to mid-December:

  • First Wednesday of the month: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Second Wednesday: 1.30pm to 4.00pm.
  • Third Wednesday: 1.30pm to 4.00pm
  • Fourth Wednesday: 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Fifth Wednesday (if there is one!): 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Visitors are most welcome to attend any meeting.

 

Welcome to our North Eastern Branch
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The Masonic Centre
Appin Street, Wangaratta
 
Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 904, Wangaratta Vic 3677
 
Contact: 0412 709 852.    Email: ne@embroiderersguildvic.org
 
Meetings: Our meetings include classes in both traditional and contemporary stitching, sit and sew, and a wonderful display, where members show and talk about their latest embroidery.  Beginners are very welcome at all our meetings! 
 
  • The Day Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 9.30am to 2.00pm.
  • The Night Group meets on the the first Monday of each month from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. We sit and stitch, or work on a planned activity.
  • The Traditional Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 9.30am to 1.30pm, in the home of a member.
 
Welcome to our South Western Branch
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Warrnambool West Primary School
Hoddle Street, Warrnambool
 
Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 433, Warrnambool Vic 3280
 
Contact: (03) 5594 3244   Email: sw@embroiderersguildvic.org
 
Meetings:  
  • General Meeting - Warrnambool West Primary School, Second Tuesday 7.30 pm
  • Daytime Sit & Sews - Members Homes, First & Third Thursdays, Noon - 4 pm
  • Guidance DaysWarrnambool West Primary School, Last Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Stall Sewing Day - Warrnambool West Primary School, Fourth Thursday (whenever the month has 5 Thursdays), 10 am - 3 pm.