40th birthday exhibition for Worthing Embroiderers’ Guild

Worthing Embroiderers' Guild setting up their 40th anniversary exhibition. Picture: Derek Martin DM16129609a
Worthing Embroiderers' Guild setting up their 40th anniversary exhibition. Picture: Derek Martin DM16129609a

Worthing Embroiderers’ Guild is celebrating its 40th birthday with an exhibition of members’ work.

The group is one of 190 branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild throughout the UK.

It is a friendly and popular branch of around 80 members of mixed ability and ages, who meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Maybridge Community Centre, in Raleigh Way, Goring.

The anniversary exhibition, entitled Celebrating 40 Years of Embroidery, will open at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday and run until July 23.

Linda Hoddy said: “Our members are very talented and work in many techniques from traditional to contemporary.

“Over our 40 years, we have won several competitions and have made banners for the town twinning in Germany and France.

“At most of our meetings we welcome a speaker from the textile world but also hold members days and workshops.”

Some members are highly skilled and are always willing to pass on tips and help whenever asked. Others just enjoy trying out new techniques.

The monthly meetings always include a textile-based bric-a-brac table and a table selling most often used fabrics.

There are separate groups which meet monthly or bi-weekly to study different forms of embroidery or textile art and these groups are open to all members who wish to join.

The guild runs day schools with a tutor a few times a year and enjoys several outings to textile-based exhibitions or places of interest.

The guild is open to anyone interested in embroidery, whether or not they do stitching themselves.

View a range of work at the anniversary exhibition. The museum, in Chapel Road, Worthing, is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and entry is free.

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