The Art Research Center (ARC) of Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, was established in 1998. The ARC conducts historical and social research and analyses tangible and intangible cultural properties, such as visual and performing arts and craftsmanship, but also records, organises, preserves and disseminates the research outcomes.
The full title of this institute is 'The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion'. It is located at Blythe House in West London. The Centre was opened on 8 October 2013 by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and is financially supported by the Clothworkers Foundation, London.
The Kaiserlich-Königliche Fachschule für Kunststickerei ('Imperial and Royal Vocational School for Art Embroidery') in Vienna was founded in 1874 by Emilie Bach with the support of Anton, Freiherr von Banhans, at that time the Minister of Trade. Emile Bach was its first director. The School was apparently closed in 1918.
The Japanese Embroidery Center, Kurenai-kai, Inc. is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and was founded in 1989 by Shuji Tamura and his wife, Masa Tamura. It is a non-profit educational centre set up in order the promote traditional Japanese embroidery (nihon shishu), including beadwork.
Kurenai kai was established some forty years ago by the Japanese craftsman and author, Iwao Saito. He wanted to promote and hand down the long tradition of Japanese embroidery. The organisation wants to spread the technique and spirit of embroidery to the general public through workshops. The centre is located in Togane City, Chibu Prefecture, Japan.
The Leek Embroidery Society and the associated Leek School of Embroidery were founded in 1879/1880 by the embroideress Elizabeth Wardle and her husband, Thomas Wardle. The Society, initially called the Leek Sewing Circle, produced both domestic and ecclesiastical embroidery work, that was granted prestigious awards for its fineness and high quality. Most of the work, including the dying, took place in Leek, Staffordshire.
The London Embroidery School is a subsidiary of the embroidery company of Hawthorne & Heaney. The School organises classes and weekend workshops, and sells all sorts of embroidery materials. The School is located at Hawthorne & Heaney, 59 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 9UN.
The Museum Schaustickerei in Plauen, Germany, houses a large collection of embroidery machines. Plauen is the city where the first hand-embroidery machine was developed that produced tulle lace (in 1881). The museum is housed in a former factory building where machine made embroidery was produced since 1889.