CHESTERFIELD: Embroiders Guild branch members contribute to A Celebration of Stitch

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On Saturday, the national event of ‘A Celebration of Stitch’ was promoted by a display on the market by the Chesterfield branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Three stalls were decorated with splendid examples of members’ work over the last year. The opportunity to get hands on was enjoyed by shoppers and passers-by, who were drawn by the members who sat and created additional works of art live for all to see. Children as well as adults were willing to have a go.

On display were two group projects, both prize-winners in national competitions. The ‘Make Do and Mend’ hanging by the adult embroiderers which displayed the 30 individual pieces all joined together for a dramatic effect, and the ‘Good Hair Day’ piece of collective stitching by the Young Embroiderers’ of Chesterfield. Anyone who missed the display can see the pictures on the branch’s blog at

The adult group meets once a month on the first Thursday of each month except August at 7pm for coffee and biscuits and a natter for a prompt 7.30pm start for speaker or workshop. The branch meets at The Saints Parish Rooms, St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TJ. The branch has a mixed bag of meetings with speakers, tutor-led and member-led workshops. Visitors and new members always welcome. The programme for the next year is on the blog as well as how to join in.

The guild’s Young Embroiderers are being re-launched with a Christmas gift themed session on Saturday, November 30. More details will be on the website later.

There will be four sessions in the first year on Saturdays at a central location in Chesterfield from 10am - 3pm. See website for details. Junior embroiderers are welcome to join as well as any wishing to get involved with their creative side.

The guild has expressed thanks to everyone who helped members with their display on the market.