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 Guiuld 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 Machine Knitters

A guild for machine knitters, hoping to raise awareness of machine knitting as a craft

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 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 was founded in 1978 to encourage enthusiasm and interest in the Rugs and Textiles of the world. We have a newsletter and 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 fiber & fabric. Their mission is to promote awareness & 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