The Guild maintains a library collection of over 3,000 items to support members in developing their interests and skills in the many elements of stitchery. The collection includes books, charts, magazines, CDs, videos, historical ephemera, reference items and teacher resources. As well as having excellent coverage of the many forms of embroidery, the collection includes related areas such as textile arts, lace making, patchwork and paper arts. The Library is managed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who will be happy to help members to use the collection.


New books October/November 2016

There is an ongoing buying program so that members have access to the latest books and magazines. While the library focusses on embroidery techniques and history, it also includes books and magazines on other crafts. Here are some recent acquisitions:

Cover page of Bead EmbroideryBead Embroidery

by Shelley Cox

The ‘Royal School of Needlework’ series has been excellent, and this book is no exception.  Clear instructions and beautiful examples of historical and contemporary pieces, Shelley shows how to create stunning bead embroideries using traditional techniques.




Cover page of Saxon & Medieval InspirationsSaxon & Medieval Inspirations

by Isobel Hall
This is Isobel’s fifth book.  She experiments with unusual materials such as thistle tops, cricula silk pods, shosenshi viscose, newspaper string etc. to create exquisite works of art.

Inspired by Saxon and Medieval art and are used to create unique items such as bags, handmade books, vessels and wall art.



Cover page of Quaker TapestryQuaker Tapestry

The 77 embroidered panels that makes up the tapestry was crafted by 4,000 men, women and children to celebrate 350 years of Quaker life and experience.





Cover page of Dissolvable DelightsDissolvable Delights

by Maggie Grey

This book concentrates of water-soluble materials with an emphasis on dissolvable film.  Amazingly versatile, this medium can be used alone, employed as a support for other materials or layered over exciting surfaces to make a very rich and interesting composition.




Cover page of Reversible knitting

Reversible Knitting

by Lynne Barr
20 Plus projects from top designers.  Destined to become a classic reference, this trailblazing volume will transform both the way you think about reversibility’s potential and how you work reversible projects.




Cover page of Quakers Tapestry Stitch Guide

Quakers Tapestry Stitch Guide
This is the ‘companion’ volume to the ‘Quakers Tapestry’ book and explains how the tapestry was created, what techniques and stitches were used and how to replicate them using easy step by step photos and instructions.




Cover page of Made in France

Made in France

by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz
A little thread, some linen, a needle, a few easy stitches and more than 50 pretty projects worked in cross stitch, stem stitch or French knots. Elegant and timeless.




Cover page of Textile Fibre ForumTextile Fibre Forum
A ‘must’ read magazine to keep you up to date on artist profiles, exhibitions, best practice and reviews from all over our ‘sunburnt land’.



4 Responses to Library

  1. Fiona Spottiswood says:

    Hi there,
    Just wondering if you have a catologue of your library collection?

    We’re currently sorting through my Nanna’s (Thelma Jamieson, was long time member of Guild) embroidery book collection …and she would have wanted some to be added to the Guilds Library if you dont have them in your collection.

    • Gail H says:

      Hi Fiona
      Yes we do, but it’s not publicly available. The best thing to do would be to phone our office on 6262 8035 and leave a message with your number for a library team member to get back to you. If you want to get a real person the office is generally open Monday mornings, excluding Public Holidays.
      Sorry for the delay in replying.

  2. Joy McInerney says:

    I am a member of EGSouth Aust. and am looking for information about Hapsburg Lacework,( not the collection of laces held by the Hapsburg/Habsburg families of Europe). This technique is a lacey counted fine canvas work. It seems to have only a vague history, apparently arising in North America in the latter half of last century. At our library we have a pamphlet (1986) by Carol Costello & Jinelle Ibey and know that a second one is available. Tanja Berlin in Canada also sells kits. Our Tutors seem also stumped by the lack of info. Please can you help? Cheers Joy McInerney

    • Gail H says:

      Hi Joy
      So sorry for the delay in my reply. I will ask our own librarians and members next time I am in our rooms – the Library is just finishing a new cataloguing system, so I do wonder if we could come up with something. I hope I can get back to you soon.

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