Golden Threads and Silver Needles

Kingston Branch 50th Anniversary Exhibition 

4th – 19th October 2019, Kingston Museum

see poster for opening times below - please note:

**museum is closed for lunch 12.30-1.30pm, on the weekdays that they are open******


Bewitched Stitches

13-28 October 2017,

Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2PS

Opening Hours: Tues, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-7pm

Kingston and District Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild would like to invite you to enter with them into the magical and mysterious realm of fairies and dragons, myths, legends and folklore.

As always, work featuring a range of textile art skills and techniques will be on display, most of it for sale. A children’s trail will be available to lead you through the exhibits, pointing out features of particular interest. Children’s storytelling activities linked to the exhibition will also be available (see separate programme below) as will workshops for adults and children.

Raffle tickets will be on sale to win a beautiful embroidered casket for keeping your secret treasures safe, and there will be an extensive range of hand-made cards and other items for sale.

Embroiderers' Guild Activities during the Exhibition:

Saturday, 14th October,
Young Embroiderers Stitch Club, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Join the Young Embroiderers and create your own fabric and stitch artwork. Suitable ages 5+ (adults must accompany)

Saturday, 28 October,
Stitch and Tell, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Adults drop in event, Join us  for a fun, fairytale-inspired stitch workshop.  No particular expertise is required as full instruction will be given.  For further details, please email admin@kingstonanddistrictbranch.co.uk


Museum Activities linked to the Exhibition:

Contact the Kingston Museum for any changes, further details and book your place....

tel. 0208 547 5006  email:  kingston.museum@kingston.gov.uk

Thursday, 26th October, Thumbs up it's Thursday ! 1-4pm

Saturday, 28 October, Under 5s Special - Fairy Tales, 10.15am-11am

Saturday, 28 October, Ghostly Stories! ages 5+, 2-4pm,


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National Celebration of Stitch Project 2016 completed!

Rosaline, one of our Kingston branch members, beautifully stitched together all our little squares created by guild members and volunteers for the Kingston Museum interpreting their archival poster "Laying up the Colours" (East Surrey Regiment returning their regimental colours to the parish church after the Boer War) dated July 1st 1904.

This project began at the National Celebration of Stitch Day last summer. Our grey tonal interpretations look great! We interpreted our individual squares in stitch and grey tonal pigment markers, pens and pencils.

It was presented to Kingston Museum on 22nd Dec 2016...and will be displayed at Kingston Museum.



Capability Brown exhibition 2016





















Our Branch gave two contributions to the "Hardhome Embroidery" created for HBO "Game of Thrones" Series 5 boxset launch. House ‪‎Greyjoy‬ (release the kraken!) and House ‪‎Lannister‬ (Lion rampant). They each took 30+ hrs to embroider. The colours were given to them to create a cold rich medieval look with surface stitchery. Excited to be part of a large project with the Embroiderers' Guild-UK. 


Not to be missed! First opportunity to see the "Hardhome Embroidery" created for HBO Game of Thrones Series 5 boxset launch. The Embroiderers' Guild led the design and production of the piece and invited stitch partners The Royal School of Needlework, Hand & Lock and Fine Cell Work to participate. The embroidery will be on display from 10am on Friday 18th March until 6pm on Saturday 19th March 2016 at the Crossing Gallery, Central St Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA. FURTHER VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE POSTED ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE Embroiderers Guild-UK.

Game of Thrones project 2016

Game of Thrones project 2016


The Embroiderers’ Guild is holding a National exhibition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, Landscape designer.  

Our Capability Brown exhibit will be displayed at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, near the National Gallery, London.1 June – 31 July, London Palace Gardens, St Martins in the Fields, London.  click here for further information






Our exhibition just ended at Kingston Museum.  We are working on other events and participating in a national exhibition inspired by Capability Brown. 

We can inform you of our special events

by joining our mailing list - please email admin@kingstonanddistrictbranch.co.uk  

john lewis project 2015



Mini Workshop, Saturday 9th May

1.30 – 3.30pm

Surbiton Library Large Hall

Come and kick-start your exhibition piece by playing with different methods of colouring your background fabric.

A range of colouring media will be provided, as well as some foils, fabric and tea and cake!

Please bring an apron, brushes, palettes and water pots as well as anything of your own like stamps or print blocks, or materials that you have never got round to trying!

A small sales table will also be available to help you move on with your piece.

An expression of interest would be helpful for catering purposes (please sign the list at the back of the hall, email rosaline.darby@gmail.com or phone 0208 398 1050) but please also feel free to just drop in.

The materials provided come mostly from Pat Franks’ legacy to the branch and it is being run on a voluntary basis, so we are able to offer it at minimal cost. However, we would ask that you make a small donation (in the region of about £5 if possible) towards the cost of materials and refreshments.

We hope to see as many of you as possible for what should be a fun, relaxed session, which is being run alongside the regular Young Embroiderers’ meeting.

And…Carry on Stitching!








 'Meet the Sew-and-Sews'


- Making Art Through Fabric and Stitch

October 2013

Venue: Kingston Museum

Many of the exhibits can now be found on our Facebook page:


This exhibition was designed to showcase the range and breadth of local modern textile art and stitch and the people involved.

The members of Kingston Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild did not constrain themselves with a theme - so it was an eclectic mix!

Members exhibited their diverse skills and talents alongside a large group piece of work based on a multitude of self-portraits.


Kingston - Who Do You Think You Are?  Embroiderers' Guild Kingston

September 2011

Venue: Kingston Museum

Kingston Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011. So our exhibition was designed to present a view of Kingston past and present combined with a retrospective of our group's activities.   An embroidery, like any art work, is a reflection of the maker of the work and of the society, culture, traditions and history which shaped the maker.  Through textiles and stitch we hoped to portray our long association with Kingston, showing the influence of the town's history, architecture and people.  

There was also a small homage to Constance Howard, who taught at Kingston in the war, with some original work by her and members' reminiscences of her on display. 

Our group project (pictured below) of the John Lewis building from the Thames was to mark 20 years of the opening of the department store in Kingston.  It was subsequently on display at the John Lewis restaurant.


1509 and All That ~ Exhibition 2009


19 September - 3 October 2009

Venue: Kingston Museum

In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned King of England. Five hundred years later, Kingston & District branch of the Embroiderers' Guild marked this anniversary with an exhibition of members’ work at Kingston Museum.

Members of the public and local dignitaries came along to meet some of our embroiderers and see how we use stitch to commemorate this important date.

Among the work on display was a collaborative venture by our members. The famous Holbein painting of Henry was divided into sections; members were allocated one of the sections and reproduced it (left) using their own choice of stitch technique.


 Stop press:

We are delighted to announce that our portrait of Henry VIII created for our exhibition now has a permanent home at Hampton Court Palace. The portrait has been hung in the Clore Centre for visitors to admire and has already attracted much attention and admiration. The Centre can be accessed without having to pay an entrance fee to the Palace.