About the guild

We usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month (Sept – June) at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood – between Belfast and Bangor (directions). We enjoy a wide and varied programme of lectures and workshops, with textile artists and tutors, both local and internationally recognised, sharing their knowledge and expertise. Topics range from traditional skills to contemporary techniques. Our meetings often include Saturday afternoon and Sunday workshops as well as the Saturday morning lecture. We also have a lending library of specialist books and magazines.

Membership consists of about 120 professional and semi-professional textile artists, enthusiastic amateurs and interested novices. Some have completed Art Degrees or City & Guilds courses in creative embroidery but many more simply come along on a Saturday morning to meet friends, hear the speaker and see some inspirational work.

How to join the Guild

Anyone with an interest in textiles is very welcome to come along to a couple of Saturday morning lectures and see what the Guild is like, a small visitor fee (£3) applies. Full annual membership is currently £25. A list of speakers can be found on the Programme page, please check the venue before attending as this varies, or e-mail us for details of the next meeting.

When you arrive go to the membership desk where you will be welcomed and can find out more about the Guild. Tea / coffee is served from 10.30am, the lecture commences at 11.00am and the meeting finishes about 12.30pm. When the Guild Meeting is at Cultra, entry to the Museum is free, and parking is in the Town Car Park beside the Parochial Hall where the meetings are held.

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