Embroidery is seen in Netflix Regency series Bridgerton as a genteel pursuit, but the UK’s Embroiderers’ Guild (EG) has become embroiled in a bitter internal row over proposals to try to save the 115-year-old institution from liquidation.
A combination of lockdown and Bridgerton have boosted cross-stitch kit sales by 545% at Hobbycraft, yet the guild is struggling financially due to its ageing membership and falling sales of its magazines.
EG, a charity whose patron is the Duchess of Gloucester, aims to promote and preserve textile art and has about 145 branches across the UK.
But many of its 4,200 members feel stitched up after branch bank accounts were frozen in February to
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