Events and Exhibitions

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT Inc will be held on Sunday, 5 November 2017, starting at 2pm.


  1. To confirm the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday, 23 October 2016;
  2. To receive reports and audited statements of income and expenditure for the year ended 30 June 2017;
  3. To elect Members of the Committee.
  4. To appoint an auditor for the current financial year.
  5. To elect or confirm the Public Officer.
  6. Notices of Motion, if any have been received.

The meeting will conclude with afternoon tea – please bring a plate of sweet or savoury finger food.

 2017 Annual Exhibition

Albert Hall, Yarralumla,  ACT

Exhibition Open: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September 2017


Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Concessions, Children under 12 Free


Highlights will include:

  • items showcasing traditional and contemporary needlework and related crafts
  • items created for the 2017 Recycle Challenge
  • items highlighting the various uses of embroidered items
  • Retrospective exhibition of the work of Margaret Roberts, noted local textile artist
  • Smocking demonstrations
  • hands-on activities for visitors to try
  • a public seminar at 2.00 pm on Saturday afternoon about the care and conservation of your textile pieces, presented by Ms Victoria Pearce, Director and Senior Textile Conservator from Endangered Heritage, Fyshwick ACT

Our popular Café, Vintage and Recycle shop and Gift shop will all be operating as usual.





Active Travel designs escorted tours, offering textile and craft programs and allowing us to explore other cultures and traditions.

24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon  ACT

Phone: 1300 783 188   Email:



An independent store owned and operated by women who sew.

Patchwork and fashion fabrics from around the world.

25 Dundas Court, Phillip  ACT

Phone: 6282 4494   Email:



Provides Conservation services to the public, museums, galleries, archives and libraries

Shop 8 Paragon Mall, 8-20 Gladstone St, Fyshwick  ACT

Phone: 6282 8386   Email:



A haven for lovers of patchwork and craft.  Supplying equipment, haberdashery and much more.

Shop 105A, Ground level, Westfield Belconnen  ACT

Phone: 6253 0011   Email:



Vintage and contemporary Japanese fabrics and garments; kits and patterns.

60 Dundas Court, Phillip  ACT

Phone: 0413 450625. Email:

2017 Exhibition Publicity

If you would like to share information with other groups, you can find our 2017 Exhibition poster here:

Embroiderers Exhibition 2017 poster – final June17

Information for members

Entries closed on Monday 14th August.

Annual Stitching Weekend 2017

The Guild’s ‘Stitching Weekend’ was held 26th – 28th May 2017 at the Greenhills Conference Centre.  This is always an opportunity to work on your stitching projects, enjoying the company of other stitchers and the beautiful surrounds.  There are options of staying in on-site ensuite accommodation for the weekend with all meals provided, or attending during the day.

Golden Wattle patterns for sale
In May 2015 the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT was commissioned to embroider a specially developed Golden Wattle design on a blanket that was the official gift from the people of Australia, for HRH Princess Charlotte. After completing this commission, the ‘Blanket Embroidery Team’ went on to develop small projects using part of the original design on items that are of interest to stitchers and embroiderers. The projects are a card, a paperweight, a scissor keeper, a trio of pin cushions, a book mark, a needle book. Patterns for these projects are now available from the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT at a cost of $5.00 per pattern (by email) or $6.00 per pattern (printed and posted). For further details, see the order form:

ACT Guild Pattern order form Version 3

2017 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show Super Toyworld Crafts Expo

The Guild participated in the Crafts Expo at the Canberra Show, 24 to 26 February. We helped to set up the Needlework display and  demonstrated embroidery.

The Embroiderers’ Guild ACT 2016 Exhibition

This was held at the Albert Hall, on Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla ACT, 16th – 18th September, 2016. Special features: Extensive and diverse display of current pieces of work, both traditional and modern, made by Guild members; Displays of vintage embroidery and Guild Challenge history pieces. As part of the Exhibition, there was a public seminar on Saturday 17 September. Victoria Pearce, Director of Endangered Heritage in Phillip, talked about what individuals can do to keep their own treasures safe from damage, moths and light fading. The talk covered storage, display and framing issues focusing on embroideries and textiles.

Community Diversity Festival, Saturday 27 August 2016

The festival was held at St Margaret’s Church, Hackett ACT (on the corner of Antill St and Phillip Avenue) from 11am to 3pm. The Guild participated with a display of touchy-feelies.

World Embroidery Day 2016

30 July was World Embroidery Day. The Guild celebrated with a day of stitching on Monday 25 July. Our special guest was Dao Midgley who talked about a group of Hmong embroiderers in her village in Laos and the transition from traditional designs to modern designs using the traditional technique of reverse applique. Examples of these beautiful embroideries were displayed.