Exeter & District Embroiderers' Guild is a branch of the educational charity Embroiderers' Guild, whose remit is to build awareness of stitch and textile art, and to encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence.

Local Events

“Stitch in the South West” in Stroud from Monday, July 10th to Sunday, July 16th.

Four of the five principal objectives of the Embroiderers’ Guild, as defined in the Articles of Association, are to:

  1. promote and encourage the art of embroidery and related crafts;
  2. encourage the creation of fine articles incorporating the use of, or associated with, embroidery;
  3. educate the public in the history and art of embroidery;
  4. collect, document, preserve, exhibit and interpret examples of fine embroidery, which are of historical or educational merit, and to make such articles available to the public.

To helps us towards achieving these objectives, the South West Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild will be holding an exhibition “Stitch in the South West” in Stroud from Monday, July 10th to Sunday, July 16th. The exhibition is being organised by the regional committee, but we will need help with exhibits, key holding, hanging and stewarding.

The exhibition will be held at Lansdown Hall & Gallery Ltd, Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire. GL5 1BB. Their website is http://www.lansdownhall.org/


Not having held a regional exhibition recently, it is difficult to know how many pieces people will want to provide. A large proportion of them will need to be posted, and we don’t want people to go to the effort and expense of posting them, only to find there is not enough room to exhibit them. So, we would like to receive photographs of the pieces, along with some additional information by June 12th. The information we require can be found at the bottom of this e-mail, and also in the attached documents. We will let you know whether or not we will be able to exhibit your piece(s) by the end of the week commencing June 12th.

You will be able to sell your work, the gallery will take 20%. We will send another e-mail with full details about how to submit pieces.

All types of textile art are welcome, both 2D and 3D (such as bags, boxes, books and supporting work). The Gallery requires framed pieces to have mirror plates attached.

We will be able to receive the items either in person or by post. You may wish to deliver items as a branch, rather than individually. Postage of the items to the collection point will need to be funded by yourselves or your branch. Return postage will be funded by the region.

Your pieces will be insured in transit and whilst they are in the exhibition.


Hanging will be done on Monday, July 10th with a meeting to organise the pieces in Churcham, near Gloucester at 13:00 on July 8th. We anticipate that the meeting will be finished by 16:00. We would like at least three volunteers to help us with this. Please e-mail egswregion@gmail.com if you can help.


We would like two people to be “on duty” at any one time. Our exhibition hall will be open from 10-4, Tuesday to Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday. We will organise a rota in 4-hour slots. This will require 24 people. 3 of the 24 have already been provided by the members of the regional committee who live near Stroud. Please e-mail egswregion@gmail.com if you can help.

Gallery Keys

The Gallery requires us to be responsible for the keys and we will need to open and close the gallery at the beginning and end of each day. If you live in Stroud and would be willing to help with the keys, even if it is only for part of the week, please let us know at egswregion@gmail.com.


We would like to sell cards, with the proceeds going to the collection appeal. We will send another e-mail with detailed information about how to provide cards.

Taking Down

We will take down at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th. We will also need to make good, the Gallery will provide us with paint. Please e-mail egswregion@gmail.com if you can help.

Please help if you can, particularly if you belong to one of the local branches or live locally.


The South West Regional Committee of the Embroiderers’ Guild


Information required about potential exhibits for the 2017 Stitch in the South West Exhibition

Please include a photograph and e-mail this information to egswregion@gmail.com by June 12th. If you are unable to e-mail the information, then please post it to:

Stitch in the South West

Prestbury House




2D and 3D items (such as bags, boxes, books and supporting work) are welcome. You can include items which have been shown previously. Please note that the Gallery requires framed pieces to have mirror plates attached.

Your Name

E-mail Address

Phone Number



Brief Description



Depth (for 3D pieces)

Weight (if you are expecting the items to be returned by post)

Asking price (if for sale)

Insurable value (please see the note below about valuations)

 Note on Valuations

  • Exhibitors who do not regularly sell their work, the insurable value will be the cost of materials plus 20%. Always good to keep receipts.
  • Insurable value of pieces by exhibitors who regularly sell their work will be the cost of materials and a reasonable hourly rate x number of hours spent producing the piece. Please note that insurers do not pay out on the profit included in any asking price so the insurable value will almost certainly be less than the asking price of the piece.