information for new members

Information sheet for new, existing or
prospective members of
Wolverhampton Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild

The Embroiderers’ Guild is the UK’s leading craft organisation, a self-funding educational charity and registered museum which promotes embroidery and provides access to its resources and skills for the benefit of the whole community.

The Guild promotes embroidery as being all work stitched or derived from stitch.

MEMBERSHIP

Member

As a member of the guild you receive:
-       Contact, the Guild’s newsletter 3 times a year
-       In- Contact a bi monthly on line magazine
-       Bookshop Catalogue on line
-       Library loan service
-       Annual Report of the Guild
-       Exclusive access to areas of The Guild website   www.embroiderersguild.com
-       Voting rights at the AGM

Branches

You can also join a local Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild and take part in Branch activities including workshops, social events and exhibitions. Branch subscriptions vary and are set by each Branch, to which they are paid direct.

Regions

Branches are divided grouped into Regions. The Regional newsletter is called “Chainstitch”; as a member you will also receive this once per year.

Branch Committee

This consists of approximately 10 -12 members who are elected by the rest of the branch members to make decisions on the member’s behalf.

Members of this committee each have different responsibilities. Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary are elected by the Branch members and can stand for a maximum of 6 years.

Wolverhampton Branch

We are very pleased to welcome new members to our Branch. You can join with little or no experience and you will soon see that we are pleased to help and to share ideas. Our Branch is long-established and its members are an enthusiastic group of embroiderers with a range of textile interests which span a wide range of techniques; some members are beginners who have never tried a particular technique; others have more experience in some areas through City and Guilds. You may like to attend lectures at first and then perhaps take part in a workshop later. Sometimes members bring to lectures the work they did at a recent workshop. From these samples you will gain some idea of the range of ability and activity.

Our meetings take place at Tettenhall Wood Institute,
Wood Road,
Tettenhall Wood, Wolverhampton, WV6 8NF. Buses  10.

Joining the Branch
The membership fees are set out on the membership application form. When completed this should be sent or given to the membership secretary who will issue you with a membership card. You should receive a printed card version of the programme for the stitching year a few weeks after the AGM.

Programme
Our programme consists of lectures, workshops and Members’ workshops. There may also be a trip organised. You will find that quite often a tutor gives a lecture which is followed by a workshop led by him/her; at other times the lectures and workshops stand alone. Members’ workshops may be led by one or more members of the Branch who are happy to share their knowledge of a particular technique. The Members’ workshop at the end of the Autumn Term is also the occasion of our Christmas party.

Lectures
Lectures begin at *2:00pm with doors open from 1:30pm. This is to give you time to look at the bookstall and the sales table, buy a raffle ticket and book your workshops. Lectures finish for 4:00pm. There is a charge to members of £2 which helps to cover the costs involved in the item on the programme.
*Please note that our AGM is combined with a lecture in October and we have an earlier start on that occasion.

Workshops
These begin promptly at 10:00am but you need to arrive before that in order to prepare for the practical work. You will have been given a requirement list when you booked for the workshop; sometimes a tutor will bring a quantity of an item on the list for you to buy; this is useful when only a small amount is required. Lunch is not provided so you need to bring a packed lunch. We do have facilities for making hot drinks at workshops. We have decided that we can continue to offer workshops by increasing the minimum number committed to attending that workshop; we have also raised the fee for workshops. This is to cover the cost of the tutor’s fee, tutor’s travel expenses and hire of the room.

Magazines
Embroidery’ can be ordered through the treasurer or you can order it direct yourself. It is well worth having if you have a serious interest in embroidery and textiles. Another magazine, which is available at WHSmith, is ‘Stitch’; this is a ‘lighter’ magazine that will take you through some basic techniques. This also can be ordered through the branch.
Both magazines are published by the Embroiderers’ Guild.

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