Branches & Locations
Branches and Country Groups
The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria is a statewide organisation - based in Melbourne but with 12 vitally active regional branches (including 1 country group). Whilst Melbourne Metro and Branch members all have access to Embroidery House and the same benefits of Guild membership, branch members also enjoy their own locally-based monthly or weekly activities, classes, exhibitions, excursions, newsletters and more.
Each branch kindly invites you to join them at their meetings and gatherings. Experienced members willingly help beginners who are new to embroidery or particular types of embroidery.
Please click on the links below to see exciting traditional and contemporary embroideries and textiles that are happening at country branches and a group.
(Branches' websites are currently being updated)
Are you thinking of joining a branch or group? Please click here: Questions and Answers
Having fun and enjoying the company of other like-minded friends are our goals. Please contact us with any enquiries. We’d love to hear from you. 😊
A Creative Play Group has just begun on the 4th Tuesday of the month, meeting in members' homes, where fabric and fibre are explored in a creative, contemporary way with no rules.
The Class Coordinator organises external and inhouse tutors throughout the year for varying handicraft and embroidery skill classes
Newsletters are produced on a monthly basis, keeping all members informed of upcoming events and helping to keep in touch with what’s happening in the guild community. These are posted to members without email.
Although we are a small group of stitchers and crafters, we are delighted to have a varied skill set. Come and join us and see what we have to offer.
Stitching Day Samples
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.
Ballarat West 3350.
Sit and Sew
1st Saturday: 10.30am – 3.00pm
Smocking and Beading
2nd Tuesday: 10.30am – 3.00pm
2nd Tuesday: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
2nd Thursday: 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Sit and Sew
3rd Tuesday: 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Sit and Sew
3rd Thursday: 10.30am – 3.00pm
4th Tuesday: 10.30am – 3.00pm
4th Tuesday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
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'.
Below are 9 samples that highlight our diversity.
Welcome to the Bendigo Branch of The Embroiderers Guild Victoria. We are a large group of likeminded ladies who meet to share our interests and passions in all forms of embroidery. We have a display of members’ work and boutique items each month, as well as upcoming class examples to inspire everyone.
We produce a monthly newsletter ‘Golden Stitches’ listing our events and programs to keep all members informed.
We are all happy to share our skills and knowledge with each other and visitors alike,
so why not come and join us?
Our group was formed out of the 1972 Pen and Needle Group of The Embroiderers Guild Victoria, when our inaugural President, Dorothy Addlem (a Guild Member for over 50 years) met with Phyllis Toy, Mary Cail, Helen Burgess and Marj Orde to form a Guidance Group at the home of Phyllis Toy. By 1982 this group had outgrown the home meetings and moved to an external venue, where it continued to grow. On May 5, 1991 we became a Branch of the Guild and have prospered for more than 30 years.We meet at:
(Melway ref: 609 C3)
Contact: President: 0412 686 288
Correspondence Secretary: 0418 552 499
Monthly Meetings: Regular Progam
All meetings are held at Marong unless otherwise stated, with the exception of January
General Meeting – 1st Sunday of each month, 10am to 3pm
Boutique – 2nd Monday of each month, 10:30am to 2pm
Sit and Sew – 3rd Sunday of each month, 10am to 3pm
Bead Group – 2nd Saturday of each month (held in private homes)
Northern Sit and Sew – a yearly program of meetings held on either Wednesday or Thursday and in a different rural location, ie: Echuca, Rochester, Deniliquin
Biennial Exhibition – The Art of Creative Threads, 11-13 November, 2022
Summer School – January each year
Winter School – each alternate July
Sewing Camp – in May and August each year
Market Day – November alternate year to the Exhibition
Bendigo Agricultural Show – sponsorship and promotion
Craft Alive - Promotion
Visitors are most welcome to attend. Come and join us. We look forward to meeting you 😊
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 ThreadGroup
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
- Exhibition Title: "21 Years along the Embroiderers' Path"
The EGV Flinders Group is a friendly group of embroiderers with all levels of skill, enthusiasm and interest and we welcome new stitchers or those on holiday in the area to join us.
Meetings: All Guild members and other visitors are welcome to join us every first Monday, third Monday and every fifth Monday (if the month has a fifth Monday) of the month at the Flinders Yacht Club.
We meet from 10am until 4pm for a full day of stitching (BYO lunch).
We regularly invite tutors of various techniques to instruct us with their projects and we enjoy learning and sharing new techniques through classes, workshops and our Sit 'n Sew days at Flinders.
We continue our stitching journey meeting monthly in a smaller Guidance Group in a private home in the Rosebud area (second Wednesday 9.30am - 12.30pm)
(Melway ref: 262 B10)
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, third and fifth Monday from February to December.
Contact: (03) 5989 2173
Branch Postal Address:
Special interest groups also meet regularly - please contact us for current meeting places.
Some of our groups now meet at: South Barwon Community Centre, 33 Mt Pleasant Road, Belmont
Second Saturday of the month: 10am - 12.30pm
Meeting at South Barwon Community Centre
Third Thursday of the month: 11am – 3pm.
GeeTag (Textile Arts) Group
Second Saturday of the month: 1pm – 4pm
Meeting at South Barwon Community Centre
Fourth Tuesday of the month: 10am.
Slow Stitch Group
Second Thursday of the month 10am - 2pm
Covers Boro, Kantha and Sashiko etc as well as playing with stitch in a creative and meditative fashion
Wyndham Vale Group (formerly Manor Lakes Group)
First Thursday of the month at 11am - 3pm.
Meeting at Eco Living Centre, 28 Ridge Drive, Wyndham Vale
Bring something to sew or join a group activity (bring needle and scissors) and lunch.
More groups meet regularly at members’ homes
The Bellarine Belles and Ocean Grove Group are just two of them.
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 click here to check our branch website.
Please Note: Up, Up and Away is grounded!
Our Up Up and Away Exhibition was due to take place on 10th 11th and 12th September 2021.
Once again, we have been prevented from running our excellent exhibition.
We have sadly decided that it’s too much of a gamble to go ahead.
It’s too much to ask our volunteers and loyal visitors to be exposed, with the numbers of Covid cases on the rise in our neighbouring areas. Extensions of the reginal lockdown now seem likely.
The raffle will still be drawn as advertised and if you have tickets please hang on to them.
We hope that you will get to see the wonderful artworks that we have been creating at some time in the not too distant future when our Phoenix finally rises from the ashes! Stay tuned and stay safe
Please enjoy our latest embroideries:
Sashiko by Marion D
Kogin by Pauline Mackenzie
Canvas work and felting by Gillian N
Felt work by Valda K
Sashiko by Marilyn M
Felting and Surface Stitchery Gillian N
Blackwork by Marilyn M
Canvas work by Pauline M
Up,Up and Away!
Our exhibition will finally be held on 10th 11th and 12th September 2021
Put the dates in your diary now
Current classes and workshops:
Christine Burton- Pineapple Play : Blackwork for beginners: DATE: Sundays 1st and 8th August. Cost $90 plus kit $45
Gillian Norris - The Joy of Slow Stitching’ DATE to be announced. St David’s. Cost $25 Payment due on booking. 10am-3pm
Try a new stitch then see how many ways you can change it. Here’s a chance to play with stitch without a definite pro-ject in mind. Enjoy the thread, colour and texture...
Marj Kavanagh: ‘Scotty’ Monday DATE: Mondays 20th September and 4th October Cost $90 Kit $85
This is a very colourful dog, a chance to learn some new stitches and perfect some you already know. These include double chain, satin, long and short, turkey knot ,bullion, trellis, stumpwork, beading and gold work.
You can purchase a kit but are free to discuss with Marjorie if you wish to change the colours.
This guidance day will be supported by the new Guidance group “Slow Stitch”.
Deborah Love: ‘Schwalm’ DATE: Monday & Tuesday 22nd & 23rd November Cost $90 tuition fee $30 teaching notes $63.55 Threads and linen kits.
This is a great opportunity to learn this traditional white work/counted thread technique. It is not too late to book but as kits have to be ordered please book asap to ensure you have the time to complete the preparation required before class.
Jenny Bakos: ‘Mystery Christmas Class’ DATE: Friday 3rd December
Claim the date! Mark it in your diary now … it’s always a lot of FUN!
We invite you to click on the Entry Form if you wish to exhibit.
We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far and to sharing our wonderful embroideries.
Peart Street, Leongatha
Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 46, Leongatha Vic 3953
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.
- 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.
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 us and we simply ask. Some of our embroideries are quick and easy and some are complex, taking a long time. We do whatever suits each of us.
If you are travelling, please pop in to join us. If it's not a meeting day, please call and we'll organise a get-together to share ideas, sit and sew. We'd love to hear about what's happening at your branch or your Metro group. 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
(Please contact us to find out the latest news - meetings change as the pandemic situation changes)
- We 'Sit and Sew' every Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 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 of each month
- We enjoy our January-February Summer School with specific skills or projects being offered in-house
- Each week, we produce a photographic newsletter and informative email
- Our exhibition occurs every 2 years in September or October
- Each year we publish our annual book, which showcases our members and their wonderful work
We invite you to view a range of our textiles at https://www.facebook.com/embroiderersguildmildura
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.
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
2 Sample Pages from our 2020 Book:
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 will flash on your screen for a short time.... and then you can enjoy our 'picture story' book)
2. 2019 Book Please click on the link below to see our book
Please pop back as we update frequently. Take care everyone
We are a small branch but love getting together at our meetings to sit and sew, share a variety of embroidery techniques and enjoy each other’s company.
Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza
Branch Postal Address:
PO Box 220, Mt Eliza Vic 3930
Contact: 0403 358 614
Meetings: We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from February to early December and on 5th Wednesdays when they occur, from 9:30am until 3:00pm
Exhibitions: We hold exhibitions, usually every 2 years and our next one is on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of October 2022.
Invitation: We are a very friendly group, so please feel free to join us at one of our meetings where you will receive a warm welcome.
The Masonic Centre
Appin Street, Wangaratta
PO Box 904, Wangaratta Vic 3677
- 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.
Warrnambool West Primary School
Hoddle Street, Warrnambool
PO Box 433, Warrnambool Vic 3280
- General Meeting - Warrnambool West Primary School, Second Tuesday 7.30 pm
- Daytime Sit & Sews - Members Homes, First & Third Thursdays, Noon - 4 pm
- Guidance Days - Warrnambool 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.