About Us

The East Midlands Region covers Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland and our Branches can easily be found on our map.

Our activities are organised by a Regional Committee, whose members can come from any of the Branches.
Volunteers are most welcome.

Our regular activities are:

The East Midlands is one of 11 Regions in the national Embroiderers' Guild, whose head office is:

Embroiderers' Guild at Bucks County Museum
Church Street
Bucks HP20 2QP  

Head Office' role is to support the branches and regions. The activities at head office fall into a number of categories:

Library: a large collection of rare and modern books on all aspects of embroidery which are also available for members' research.

Research: a number of expert volunteers who are pleased to answer technical questions from members and non-members.

The Collection: an exciting record of embroidery from the 16th century onward which is worldwide in its content from Britain through Europe to Asia and beyond. Ranging in date from Coptic times to the present day and gathered from around the world, these embroideries give insight into how embroidery has been made and used in past and present cultures around the globe. Catalogued items include designs, threads and needlework.

Courses: The distance learning courses on offer include:
  • Inspired to Create hand embroidery - 1 Moving On
  • Inspired to Create machine embroidery - 2 Moving On
  • Inspired to Create hand embroidery - 3 Another Dimension
  • Inspired to Create machine embroidery - 4 Another Dimension
  • Beyond the Stitch - a course to go farther
  • A collection of short courses, some topic based, some  project based and some are on experimental techniques.

EMREG Vice Chair and Summer School Organiser 
Marianne Young who won a Trustees Award in 2018.


Scholarships and Prizes: 
  • An annual Members' Challenge.
  • The Broderers' Prize awarded annually to a Guild member who has given outstanding service to the Guild at national level.
  • The annual Executives Award.
  • Up to five annual Trustees Awards for contributions to branches and regions. 
  • The Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Hand Embroidery.
  • Three Embroiderers' Guild post graduate Scholarships of £1000 each awarded annually to students to develop and further the practice of embroidery, one up to 30 years of age, one over and one an education scholarship for a graduate with significant experience within the education sector.
  • Annually the Guild also supports several graduates, who work with the Guild, providing workshops and lectures for Guild members.
Folios: The Embroiderers’ Guild Collection contains a number of Folios which are available on loan for use at branch meetings or individual study.

Each contains up to 20 boards of examples of a particular type of stitching, embroidery or textile from a certain period. You will find more information on the Embroiderers' Guild national website.

More background information about the running and organisation of the Embroiderers' Guild can be found on the national website.