Guild History

1968 – 1998

In 1964, four Queensland members of The Embroiderers’ Guild of New South Wales began monthly meetings in members’ homes. Four years later in 1968 about 30 people formed The  Embroiderers’ Guild, Queensland. By the end of that year membership had risen to 99. Meetings were held monthly at Windsor Avenue, Lutwyche. In 1968, we welcomed our first visiting tutor, Pat Langford from Sydney.

The Guild has branches in Toowoomba (commenced in 1969), Southport (1972), Gladstone (1983), Noosa-Cooroy, known as Wallace House Noosa Branch (1983), Rockhampton (1987), Sunshine Coast (1995) and Capricorn Coast (1995).

Our first large exhibition of embroideries and quilts in Brisbane was held in 1974. Large exhibitions are held biennially; smaller displays , talks and demonstrations are on-going activities.

In 1983 the Guild purchased the old Masonic Temple, 149 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. In 1984 the building was renovated. In April 1985 the official opening and exhibition was held. The building was fully paid for by mid-1989, a fact of which we are very proud.

For the Australian Bicentennary Year 1988, the Guild completed the Queensland section of the Parliament House embroidery which is now housed in the new Parliament House in Canberra. In 1993, Miss Mabel McAllister, a founding member and our first President, was awarded the Order of Australia for service to The Embroiderer’s Guild Queensland, Inc.

Over the years, the Guild has built up a Library with an extensive collection of over 1000 catalogued books, videos and magazines on all facets of embroidery and patchwork and an extensive Collection of antique and modern needlework which has also been catalogued by the Guild.

Craft fairs are held each May and November and attract many visitors to our centre. Classes for Young Embroiderers are held each vacation and are extremely popular. The Guild is happy to supply demonstrators or displays for groups.

Classes are held regularly with in house or visiting tutors. Recent classes have included crewel work, Mountmellick Embroidery, Stumpwork, Goldwork, Hardanger and Casalguidi.

Presently, there are several hundred members throughout Queensland and our Guild is thriving.