Meet Our Sponsors

The Prize for Embroidery would not exist without the generous support of our sponsors. Since the inception of the Prize for Embroidery, we have received support from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Swarovski, Pinterest, Liberty of London, Wilcom, The Royal School of Needlework and the Fashion and Textile Museum.

The Prize for Embroidery would like to thank the following sponsors:


The Bishopsgate Institute is a cultural institute in the City of London, located on Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields market. The Institute was established in 1895, and describes itself as a “home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry and as a place where independent thought is cherished”. It offers a cultural events programme, courses for adults, historic library and archive collections and community programme.

The Fashion and Textiles Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses.

The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers were incorporated by Royal Charter in 1693; the City granted it the status of a Livery Company in 1780. The craft originally associated with the Company, namely the making of gold and silver thread for uniforms or ceremonial clothing, has declined but is still practised. Thus nowadays the Company functions mainly as a charitable body.

London College of Fashion is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, offering undergraduate, postgraduate, short courses and business-training in fashion, make-up, beauty-therapy and lifestyle industries.

The Royal School of Needlework, founded in 1872 and based at Hampton Court Palace in the UK, offers a range of hand embroidery courses for beginners through to advanced, whether Day Classes, Certificate & Diploma or the RSN Degree. The RSN also offers Embroidery Services at its Studio creating beautiful bespoke commissions for the future as well as restoring historical textiles and bringing heirlooms back to life. The RSN is home to 60,000 unique and priceless pieces capturing the passion for embroidery throughout history and some are included in their Embroidery Exhibitions which run throughout the year.  It is a registered charity and has always been under royal patronage, currently HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Selvedge is a design-led, 100 page, bi-monthly magazine that covers every facet of textiles – interiors, fashion, art, craft, travel and shopping – in an intelligent and inspiring way. Founded in 2003 the magazine revolutionised the way textiles are presented and quickly became the world’s leading textile publication. Six times a year we cover textiles made with time, thought and skill in a magazine produced in exactly the same way – with quality writing, stunning photography and original illustration. Focusing on textiles doesn’t mean we turn our back on the rest of the world… the exact opposite is true. We see the world though a textile lens but cast our eye far and wide looking for links between our subject and achievements in other fields from architecture to archaeology.

Mr X Stitch is the world’s best contemporary embroidery and needle craft site! With a stellar collection of writers, every day we bring you posts featuring the newest, freshest stitched art from around the world. We feature Cute Things, Arty Things, and Rude Things as well as all other sorts of stitchy goodness. 

Alice Made This is a men’s accessories company founded by Alice and Ed Walsh. Inspired by architecture and geometry, a passion and respect for British factories lies at our core. Whether it’s our Aerospace part manufacturer or our Military armoury, we have close relationships with all our factories and design honest products stemming directly from their expert techniques.

Madeira has specialised in producing high quality embroidery and decorative threads for both high speed industrial machines and hand stitching. The extensive range offers threads in a variety of different effects, structures and compositions in hundreds of different colours. Madeira set the world standard for manufacturing and distributing threads within an ethical and eco-friendly environment. All threads are produced limiting the use of certain chemicals and have consistently been awarded the highest Oeko-Tex certification possible, assuring customers they are free from all harmful substances and safe enough even for use on baby garments.

Wilcom A leading provider of innovative, quality embroidery solutions. In 1979 Wilcom’s founders shared a vision for automating the embroidery industry that has changed the way people create and produce embroidered goods. A global organization headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Wilcom has led the industry with ongoing innovations that push the boundaries of creativity in personalized expressions and apparel decoration. With a reputation for excellence, Wilcom has become the world’s favourite embroidery software for ease-of-use, quality and service. Today, Wilcom is present in over 100 countries with products in over 12 languages and has a global community of more than 250,000 licensed customers. Wilcom’s growth has been fuelled by continual product innovation, new product development and more recently through joint ventures with strategically compatible partners or direct investment in emerging markets. Wilcom continues to enhance creativity in personalized expressions, by globally implementing best-of-breed solutions for textile impressions.