There are so many needlwork clubs around the internet and world. If you have a passion for stitching you can find just about any special interest group that will fit your style and background. Groups range from a bit more traditional to contemporary and political. Don't be afraid to try many different organizations until you find the right fit. If you still can't find the perfect group, then start your own! Facebook, Flickr and Instagram are great places for online friends and groups.
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Since 1958, the Embroiderers' Guild of America has encouraged a high standard of needlework education and instruction. Several levels of Membership are available at different levels. This group offers up workshops and opportunities for every level of stitcher.
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Since 1972, the Needlework Guild of Minnesota has been focused on "fostering the art of needlework through its educational programs" and encouraging members to "develop high standards in the needlearts". Their site offers membership information and tips for Needlecrafters. You do not need to be from Minnesota to join the guild. If you want, you can look for guilds in your area to see if they have monthly meetings. If you can't find one in your area, start your own.
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Since 1872, the emphasis of the Royal School of Needlework has been to teach the art of hand embroidery. Courses are offered in almost every embroidery style imaginable. The Royal School of Needlework is the top echelon for needlework. Their courses are worth the price and the lessons you learn from them are invaluable.
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The National Academy of Needlearts, established in 1985, focuses on embroidery as an art form through education and certification programs for embroidery teachers, judges, artists, designers, authors, and embroiderers. You can find many beautiful works of needlework art in this organization. It is perfect organization for budding needlwork artist to check out and get information about how to show their pieces.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Since 1975, The National NeedleArts Association, TNNA, an international trade organization, has represented retailers, manufacturers, distributors, designers, publishers and wholesalers of upscale needleart products and supplies. Although membership is open to the trade only, the TNNA website offers a great deal of information about Cross Stitch and other Needlearts. This organization is perfect for the new business owner to connect with others and gather information to make their business... thrive. For the person who does not have a business, you can still benefit from this organization.
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In 2004, the Hobby Industry Association (HIA) and the Association of Crafts & Creative Industries (ACCI), combined to form the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA). The CHA has three websites: the consumer website, the industry website, and the website for teachers which has crafting lesson plans and ideas. CHA has special promotions in March and September to further promote Crafts and Hobbies. They also have special shows to showcase new crafts coming out, classes and a shopping room where... you can visit with friends and buy all the new goodies on the scenes. There are lots of make and take classes at their shows. It is a great way for your and your local guild to get together and see what is new.
07 of 09The Danish Handcraft Guild offers an annual Cross Stitch Publication, Danish flower thread and more. Click on the appropriate flag for a translation of the page into the language of your choice.
08 of 09Since 1906, the Embroiderer's Guild has expanded from a group of eight embroiders to an organization which offers courses, workshops, publications, tours, and more with needlework as the focus.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09Can't find a local Cross Stitch or Craft Club? Start your own by following these tips.
Make New Friends
Online needlework and cross stitch organizations are a great way to meet new friends and share projects with like-minded people. Find your tribe today for stitch good fun! Who knows, you might even make a best friend.