Guidance Groups are a vital and interesting aspect of activity by Guild members.
Most Guidance Groups meet at Embroidery House in Malvern, but there are also groups meeting in the metropolitan area in community spaces, or in private homes.
Guidance sessions are not lessons, but should a member have a problem, there will usually be someone who can provide an answer. We urge all members to join a group; seldom will you attend without learning something.
A $3.00 charge is collected for Guild funds at each session.
Details of many of the groups is provided below. Should you require further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Accordion below shows the list of Guidance Groups. Please open to learn more about each Group, and when and where they meet.
For quick reference the following list is the Guidance Groups that meet on weekends. Please open the Accordion to learn more about each Group:
- 3D and Metal Thread Group
- All Things Elizabethan Group
- Beyond Intermediate Group
- Blackwork and Counted Thread Group
- Japanese/Chinese Embroidery Group
- Knit and Purl Group
- Machine Embroidery Group
- New Members Group
- Pakenham Guidance Group
- Saturday Stitchers Group
- Sunday Guidance Group
- Weekend Canvaswork Group
- Weekend Whitework Group
For quick reference the following list is the Guidance Groups that meet on weekdays. Please open the Accordion to learn more about each Group:
- Biscornu Guidance Group
- Bobbin Lace
- Counted Thread Group
- Creative Group
- Creative Play Group
- Crewel Group
- Fourth Monday Group
- Gift Boutique Workshop
- Historical Tools
- Linen Embroidery Group
- Branches/Metro Sit and Sew Group
- Patchwork Group
- Pushing the Boundaries Group
- Smocking Group
- The Stitching Club
- Third Tuesday Afternoon Group
For quick reference the following list is the Guidance Groups that meet in the evening. Please open the Accordion to learn more about each Group:
- One Stitch at a Time
- The Shelagh Amor Group
For quick reference the following list is the Guidance Groups that meet at a suburban venue. Please open the Accordion to learn more about each Group:
- Camberwell Group
- Manor Lakes Group
- Pakenham Guidance Group
3rd SUNDAY 10.30AM - 3.00PM
This group is for any member interested in metal thread work (not limited to goldwork) and at every level. Join enthusiasts of both traditional and contemporary metal thread work. Find out what else you can do with metal thread: what can you create by combining metal thread with other embroidery techniques such as beading, stumpwork, machine embroidery? Share ideas, take up a monthly challenge if you want to, or simply enjoy some chatty company while you spend the day stitching. The official hours are 10.30am to 3.00pm but come and go as you please. Our convenor, Mary Robbie can be contacted through the office if you would like more information
4th SATURDAY 10.30AM - 3.00PM
There’s so much interest in Elizabethan embroidery! We encourage everyone working on an Elizabethan embroidery project to come along. You may be working on an individual project, or have attended one of Maree Talbot’s Elizabethan Embroidery project classes, either at Embroidery House or at one of the country branch classes, or you may be working on Di Fisher’s English Garden Band Sampler. Whatever your starting base, we’d love to see you at Embroidery House on the fourth Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 3.00pm.
3rd SATURDAY 10.30AM - 2.30PM
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.
2nd TUESDAY 1.00PM - 3.00PM
The Biscornu Guidance Group meets at Embroidery House on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Biscornu (pronounced bee-cornoo) is French for ‘double-horned’. Instead of four corners for a pincushion, a simple twist when making it up creates an eight cornered one. Everyone is welcome – come and learn more!
4th SUNDAY 10.00AM - 3.00PM
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.
5th TUESDAY 10.00AM - 2.00PM
The Bobbin Lace Guidance Group meets whenever there is a 5th Tuesday in a month between 10.00 – 2.00, but just come when it suits you. Bring your lace pillow, bobbins and the pattern you are working on. Plus lunch if you’re staying till 2.00! Beginners and interested observers are very welcome.
2nd TUESDAY 10.00AM - 12.00PM
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.
1st FRIDAY 10.30AM - 12.30PM
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.
3rd FRIDAY 10.00AM - 12.00PM
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 TUESDAY 10.00AM - 12.00PM
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.
2nd FRIDAY 10.30AM - 2.30PM
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.
3rd FRIDAY 10.00AM - 12.00PM
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.
4th MONDAY 10.30AM - 3.00PM
Meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 10.30am 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.
2nd WEDNESDAY 10.30AM - 2.30PM
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 am and continue until the afternoon.
3rd SATURDAY 11.00AM - 2.30PM
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.
2nd SUNDAY 10.00AM - 3.00PM
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.
4th WEDNESDAY 10.30AM - 12.30PM
This group meets on the Fourth Wednesday 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.
5th THURSDAY 10.30AM - 3.00PM
This group meets when a month has a fifth Thursday, about four times a year. Meetings run from 10.30am 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).
1st SUNDAY 10.00AM - 12.00PM
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.
5th WEDNESDAY 10.30AM - 3.00PM
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 10.30am and running until 3.00pm. Members attend as train timetables suit.
2nd SATURDAY 10.30AM - 12.30PM
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.
TUESDAY EVENINGS 6.30PM - 9.00PM
Can’t thread a needle? This is your evening group every Tuesday evening at Embroidery House (excluding school holidays) from 6.30pm - 9.00pm. We have lots of experienced stitchers who are happy to help us each evening, plus others who are just bubbling with inspiration. You can bring a project, your sewing kit, threads and stash, or nothing at all. We’ll have supplies at amazingly low prices. This is all about relaxed stitching – and you’ll also experience our wonderful Pumpkin Soup Challenge.
3rd SATURDAY 1.00PM - 3.30PM
The Pakenham Guidance Group is for all members, especially those in the outer South East metropolitan through to the Gippsland region. 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! Beginners are especially welcome.
1st THURSDAY 12.00PM - 3.00PM
This group meets at the Manor Lakes Community Centre, 86 Manor Lakes Blvd. MANOR LAKES on the first Thursday of the month between 12.00pm and 3.00pm.
4th FRIDAY 10.30AM - 3.30PM
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.)
1st MONDAY 10.30AM - 12.30PM
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).
2nd SATURDAY 10.00AM - 12.30PM
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.
1st THURSDAY 10.00AM - 2.00PM
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.
2nd MONDAY 10.00AM - 12.00PM
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.
3rd WEDNESDAY 7.30PM - 10.00PM
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.
2nd THURSDAY 10.00AM - 2.00PM
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.
3rd SUNDAY 10.00AM - 3.30PM
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 TUESDAY 12.30PM - 3.00PM
We meet in the afternoon every third Tuesday, from 12.30-3.00pm. There’ll be lots of stitching, plus talk about new ideas and information. It’s all about sharing the love of embroidery with friends who have the same passion. Yet another opportunity for you to join in.
5th SUNDAY 10.00AM - 3.00PM
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
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).
3rd MONDAY 10AM - 1.00PM
The venue for 2021 is yet to be confirmed