North East Region

Embroiderers' Guild

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Regional Competitions

All members of the Region’s Branches are invited and encouraged to enter a piece work to a given theme for a specific competition. Each of the pieces have been uniquely designed and stitched by an individual member of the Guild.

Two major competitions are held annually at the Regional Day in May, each is based on a given theme. There is the Members’ Challenge in which any technique or combination of techniques may be used but a strong element of stitch is expected. The second Members' Competition has more specific criteria and is a named award in recognition of highly regarded members.

For 2019, the Olga Stokes Award has been suspended as The Regional Committee would like to encourage each Branch to enter one or more piece of work that has been produced through collaborative working.

Competition Guidelines are available below. The entry forms for 2019 will be available from here shortly:

Regional Day Members’ Competition Awards

The named awards are held in alternate years:

x1. The Olga Stokes Award

In the early days this competition was set for a particular article of church furnishings, for example a burse & veil, or a pulpit fall. However, more recently this was felt unlikely to attract many entries and so we have been more general in our titles and expectations.

The judges look for 'Quality of design and the ability to demonstrate technical skill' and a clear ‘religious’ link. In the past there have been items which have fallen into the description of 'for a religious purpose' which could include Jewish, Muslim or other faiths etc.

There are no restrictions on size or technique. The only 'rules' are (a) that it should have been completed since the previous Olga Stokes award (i.e. usually within the last two years), and (b) that only one entry per member is allowed.

2. The Margaret Howe Award

This award is for a piece of ‘traditional hand embroidery’. Usually there is no restriction as far as size or technique goes, but Margaret was fond of good traditional stitching and that is what is required. Again, items should have been completed within the preceding two years and only one entry per member is allowed.

Regional Day Awards 2017

xThe Regional Day judges were spoilt for choice when they looked at the entries for the Members’ Competition ‘Contrasts’. Ione (from Richmond & Leyburn) won the first prize and the two runners-up were Lesley W (from Durham City) and Elaine D (from Richmond & Leyburn, who also won the Members’ Vote).

The Olga Stokes competition ‘Darkness & Light’ was won by Hazel McE (from Newcastle Branch) is shown above.


This gallery page contains a selection of entries for both of these competitions.