In 1976, a local group of Anglican women with an interest in making liturgical embroidery established ‘The St. James Embroiderers.’ They soon realized that the group needed more structure and to include other forms of needle work.
In spring of 1977, with advice from the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, London (a textile arts group), the first executive of the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph (CEGG) was established. The CEGG’s vision was to build on the heritage of embroidery through excellence and creativity and its mission was to foster learning and growth of needle arts through teaching and mentoring.
Membership in the CEEG has grown and remains strong in response to a variety of courses and programming. Among their achievements was the establishment in the early 1990s of an embroidery program for elementary students. The program broadened the reach of the CEGG to youth communities. Many of the participants were introduced to the needle arts for the first time.
The CEGG also contributed to The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry (2012-2014), a 300-panel tapestry that celebrates Scottish heritage and connects Scotland to its global diaspora. Of the 37 Scottish Canadian panels, three were made by the CEGG, including a depiction of John Galt and the settlement of Guelph, Galt, Stratford and Goderich. The tapestry has travelled internationally and is touring Scotland through 2019.
Currently in its 40th year, the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph is actively pursuing its mission. For more information, go to: http://cegguelph.ca/