The Guild’s two-storey building is at 149 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, between St. Pauls Terrace and Water Street. Formerly a Masonic Temple, the building is within walking distance of the Fortitude Valley railway station and many bus stops in Fortitude Valley.
The Embroiderers’ Guild, Queensland Incorporated
PO Box 150
149 Brunswick Street
Telephone: (07) 3252 8629
There are usually two formal meetings of the members, the half-yearly meeting held in March and the AGM held in September. On all other meeting days, come and stitch, change your library books and view the Guild’s current displays.
General stitching takes place on the following days:
|Tuesdays||10.00am – 2.30pm|
|Wednesdays, 2nd and 4th of the month||10.00am – 2.00pm|
|Thursdays||9.00am – 12.00 noon|
|Saturdays||12.00 noon – 4.00pm|
Day and night member groups
These groups meet outside of the Guild Rooms, at various locations around the Greater Brisbane area. If you are a member interested in joining one of these groups, please contact the Guild for venues.
|CQ Embroidery Circle
||Wednesdays from 9.00am – 12.00 noon
Saturdays from 1.00pm – 4.00 pm
|Northside Day||4th Saturday of the month at 1.00pm|
|Northside Night||2nd Monday of the month at 6.00 pm|
|Northwest||4th Tuesday of the month from 7.00pm|
|Southside||Thursdays from 12.30pm – 3.30pm|
|Tweed Valley||1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9.30am – 1.00pm (NSW time)|
Any person who is interested in the art of embroidery may join. Click here for membership details.
Visitors are very welcome to visit the Guild Rooms whenever they are open. Prospective members may make two visits before being required to join. This also applies to day and night member groups.
Basic sewing machines, light boxes and a smocking pleater are available for members’ use, as are irons and boards. A photocopier is also available – a small charge is made for its use. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided.
A members’ newsletter, Queensland Embroidery is published 11 times a year. It is provided to all financial members of the Guild and is a source of news, events, competitions and class information. The newsletter is the main forum for members of the Guild to communicate with the wider Guild community.
Classes in various embroidery techniques are held. Guild, interstate and overseas tutors provide exciting classes throughout the year. Click here for details. Each new member on joining the Guild may attend, free of charge, a Basic Embroidery Stitches class.
Young Stitchers’ Classes are held in most school holidays. The classes allow children from 8 to 16 to learn techniques and complete a project. Click here for details.
An exhibition of members’ work is mounted every two years. This is open to the public. Several pieces of members’ work are on permanent display. The work of tutors is displayed from time to time also. We participate in demonstrations at various venues each year.
- Celebrate! 50 Years of our Guild – 2018 Exhibition
- A World United in Stitches – 2016 Exhibition
- ANZAC – Support from Home – 2015 Exhibition
- Embellish, Enliven, Enrich – 2014 Exhibition
- The Ties that Bind – 2013 Affiliates Exhibition
- Embroidered Treasures – 2012 Exhibition
- Everything Old is New Again – 2010 Exhibition
- Stitches of the Heart – Greek embroidery in Queensland – 2009 Exhibition
- Fabulous Forty celebrating 40 years of the Guild in Queensland – 2008 Exhibition
There is an extensive lending library which is open whenever members are present. A continually expanding collection of over 2400 books and magazines – some for reference only, but most may be borrowed for 4 weeks.
The Guild’s Collection has many examples of embroidery representing as widely as possible the types and styles of embroidery of all periods and from all parts of the world as well as needle-work accessories, tools, patterns, books and any other others that may be considered relevant.
The Collection seeks to preserve the embroidery heritage of all Queenslanders. The embroideries date from the late 1600s to the present. Each year the Guild acquires from the current members work. There are changing displays in the main meeting room. In conjunction with the Guild’s major exhibition every second year, the Collection team mounts a display in keeping with the theme.
Viewing the Collection is available by appointment only.
Craft fairs are held in the Guild Rooms twice yearly, in late April/early May and in November. The 2020 Mother’s Day Craft Fair on 3 May has been cancelled, following Federal Government COVID-19 pandemic advice.