Societies and Guilds


Batik Guild

The Guild runs meetings, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and sends out a newsletter.

British Tapestry Group

The British Tapestry Group welcomes UK and international tapestry weavers as members. It aims to promote woven tapestry through exhibitions, networking and regional support groups.

Costume Society

The Costume Society promotes research, scholarship and study days on all aspects of dress and fashion.

Costume Society of Scotland

The Society was established in 1966 with the aim of fostering an interest in every aspect of costume. historical and contemporary. in Scotland. The Society encourages research and study through lectures, publications, outings and exhibitions.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Guild aims to build awareness of stitch and textile art. They educate, encourage, inspire, and promote the achievement of excellence. This is a continuing journey.

Guild of Silk Painters

The Guild has an extensive website, publishes a quarterly journal in colour and stages annual summer shows with workshops and exhibitions.

Hand Embroidery Network

An online resource for hand embroiderers to network, show their work, add events and create their own groups.

Knitting and Crochet Guild

The Guild is dedicated to UK domestic hand knitting, machine knitting and crochet. It has a collection of about 2000 textile items and runs exhibitions, courses and workshops.

Knitting History Forum

An International multi-period society originally founded by the late Montse Stanley in 1993. Our members are engaged in studying the history of knitting, and in historical reconstruction

Northern Society of Costume and Textiles

Situated in the North of England, the Society, a Registered Charity, was founded in 1977. It is interested in all aspects of costume and textiles but with a bias towards the historical.

Oriental Rug and Textile Society

The Society was founded in 1978 to encourage enthusiasm and interest in the rugs and textiles of the world. They have a journal, an e-newsletter and a programme of monthly lectures, visits and foreign trips.

Quilters’ Guild

The Quilters’ Guild is for anyone who works in patchwork, quilting or appliqué.

Royal School of Needlework

A centre for short and long term training in embroidery.

Surface Design Association

The Surface Design Association is an international community engaged in the creative exploration of fibre and fabric. Their mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the textile arts.

Textile Society of America

The Textile Society of America provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.

Wallpaper History Society

Founded in 1986, the Wallpaper History Society was established to promote an awareness and understanding of historic and contemporary wallcoverings.