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Durham Spring School | Harmby Summer School | Wooler Summer School

Regional Day | Regional AGM

The slideshow above shows some of the works in progress from previous courses

Our events and workshops provide opportunities for exploring, developing and sharing our passion for embroidery, stitched textiles and related arts.  These courses and events also allow members from different parts of the Region to get to know each other, share ideas, good practice, and foster a strong sense of community within the Guild.

The courses are usually held over two or three days to allow development of ideas in specialist techniques. Tutors on all our courses are of national and international reputation.  Members within the North-East Region have first call on these courses; if there are any vacancies within eight weeks of the event they are opened to members from other Regions and occasionally to non-members of the Guild.

Our two annual events for members to meet together are Regional Day in May and the Regional AGM in October. 

Regional Day

This whole day event is usually held the third Saturday of May at Emmanuel College in Gateshead.  There is plenty to attract members to attend:

  • Two highly regarded speakers, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon.
  • Artist/Makers’ stalls, original pieces of textile art, fabrics and threads and other haberdashery items.
  • Extensive displays of work by one of the branches and from educational courses.
  • Competition entries are judged and prizes awarded.  
  • Sales of small items for Regional fundraising.
  • Second hand embroidery and craft books sale.
  • Lunch is a time for socialising and enjoying all the exhibits. Members may bring a packed lunch or pre-order a light lunch from the College.

Pre-Booking and payment for this event for this event is preferred - an early-bird offer will be available with reduced price tickets. Information and booking forms will be sent to Branch Secretaries/Treasurers in February.

View all the competition entries and read about

the 2019 Regional Day here.

Awards for the New from Old competition

Winning entry: "Second-hand Rose" by Lesley W (Durham City)

Runner-Up: "Tea-time" by Caroline C (Richmond & Leyburn)

Members' Choice: "All Things Old & Beautiful" Sue V (Richmond & Leyburn)

Winning entries and galleries of work from our previous Regional Days can be found on the Exhibitions & Galleries page

 

Our next Regional Day is Saturday 16th May 2020 at Emmanuel College, Gateshead.

The theme of the day is 'Nature'.

There will be an early bird ticket on offer from February 2020 when details of the programme will be available here.

The competition details for the Olga stokes Award and the Members' Challenge will be posted here soon.....

 

 

Durham Spring School

This course is held annually over three days in April, it is a fully catered for all delegates to allow opportunity for socialising over lunch and dinner as well as participating in the workshop activities. Residential and Non-Residential options are available which are booked through the Event Organiser.  Relevant information and a booking form are sent to Branch Secretaries in November or December.  Members of a Branch from the NE Region have priority for places, followed by Guild members without a Branch or from another region. In the event of over subscription for a particular course, successful participants are drawn by ballot on the stated date.   If places are still available after the early bird booking date, non-members may book a place for an additional fee.

A taster of work from the 2019 Spring School at Ushaw College:

 

Next Spring School: 15-17 April 2020:

Ushaw College, Durham.

Tutors to be confirmed.

Course fees include all tuition, lunches, evening meals, morning & afternoon light refreshments.

Durham Spring School course information and booking form:

The Spring School 2020 course information and booking form will be here later in 2019.

 

Galleries of work from previous Durham Spring Schools:

Examples of work from Durham Spring School 2019. The tutors were Lizzie Wall 'Stitched collage inspired by Northumberland & Durham' (raw edge applique with embroidery), and Jenny Adin-Christie 'Raised Embroidery techniques'.

Examples of work from Durham Spring School 2018. The tutors were Wendy Dolan 'Architecture in Stitch' (machine embroidery),  Alison King 'Reflections', and Shelley Cox 'Bead and Embroidery Butterfly'.

Examples of work from Durham Spring School 2017. The tutors were Pippa Foulds 'Embroidered & Appliqué Owl,  Kay Greenlees 'Sketchbooks from Scratch', and. Alice Fox 'Eco-Printing on Fabric with Stitch'.

 

 

Harmby Summer School (Held annually in late June/July)

This is a non-residential course held over two days at Harmby Village Hall (north Yorkshire). Relevant information and Booking forms are sent to Branch Secretaries in April, with a booking date of 31 May. Members of a Branch from the NE Region have priority for places, followed by Guild members without a Branch or from another region. In the event of over subscription for a particular course, successful participants are drawn by ballot on the stated date.   If places are still available, non-members may book a place for an additional fee. 

Places are limited on this workshop and members book their own accommodation in the local area.  Participants need to provide their own packed lunches, as well as other meals. The town of Leyburn is a short distance away. Information for places to stay, eat etc., can be found on the Leyburn Tourist Information web site.

Next Summer School at Harmby: 29-30 June 2019

with Chris Gray - Journey to Japan: Sashiko and Stencilling

Further information about the course content and prices for the 2019 Summer Schools is available here. Booking forms were sent to Branch Secretaries in February 2019.

 

 

Wooler Summer School (Held annually in August)

xThis is a non-residential course held over three days at The Cheviot Centre, Wooler, Northumberland. Relevant information and Booking forms are sent to Branch Secretaries in May or June. Members of a Branch from the NE Region have priority for places, followed by Guild members without a Branch or from another region. In the event of over subscription for a particular course, successful participants are drawn by ballot on the stated date.   If places are still available, non-members may book a place for an additional fee.

Wooler Tourist Information Centre is a good place to start looking for accommodation if it is required (other agencies such as ‘Airbnb’ or ‘Trip Advisor’ can also be useful if a group of participants want to share a cottage etc).  Participants need to provide their own packed lunches, as well as other meals.  There are a number of local shops, cafes and restaurants in Wooler. A group meal (charges apply) can be booked at a local Italian restaurant on the second night for those who want to socialise together.

The 2018 summer school had two tutors: Jacky Cardy on felt making "From Felt to Stitch" and Kay Greenlees making a small mixed media sketchbooks entitled "Chasing Shadows" (using lace as a source for interpretation). Examples of work from Wooler Summer School 2018 can be viewed from here.

Next Summer School at Wooler: 21-23 August 2019

with

Mary Mcintosh: Life's a Bleach

Heather Lewis: Tree of Gold (tapestry silk shading with goldwork)

Further information about the course content and prices for the 2019 Summer Schools is available here. Booking forms were sent to Branch Secretaries in February 2019.

 

 

North-East Region AGM  (Held annually 4th Saturday of October)

This half day event is usually held in the Durham area.  It is free to attend. After the business and election of new committee members.  There is a speaker or a short demonstration.  Members are encouraged to socialise over light refreshments.  There may be a display of recent works and opportunities to purchase small embroidery related items to help with regional fundraising. From 2019 there will be a competition judged by members attending the event.

The title for this year's competition is "Take a Little Bag of Stuff". You can view and download the Guidelines and entry form here. The forms were sent to Branch Secretaries in June 2019. A copy is also available on the Competitions Page.

Next Regional AGM: 26 October 2019:

Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Durham, DH6 5AT. Please arrive from 12.45pm.

Competitions entries to be registered by 1.15pm

Speaker Anna Turnbull "Cloak for St Cuthbert"

Anna was commissioned by Durham Cathedral to design and create a felt cloak to reflect the life and legacy of St Cuthbert. It is richly decorated with imagery inspired by Northumberland and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Those who attended the Wooler 2018 Summer School were able to see the cloak while on display there.

GDPR Compliance

Statement 1: Notice to members & visitors when they apply or register for an event

We will ask you to supply some personal information we need in order to plan and run a successful event. Your personal data will be recorded on a password-protected PC/Laptop. It may be shared in full or part between the authorised event organisers. We do not make further copies and will only retain your personal data until all the administration associated with the event is completed.

In the case of payment records, these will be processed and stored by one authorised data processer (The Treasurer or person acting a treasurer for the event) and will be retained as required by our auditors & HMRC. Retained financial information will be kept in a secure container and/or password-protected digital file. In completing an application or registration form and emailing it to the ‘event organiser’ or by completing it in writing and adding your signature, you are giving your express permission to record, process and retain your personal data. For further information please see our ‘Privacy Policy’ available on the About Us page.

Statement 2: Notice to those who visit our exhibitions/shows/regional days/exhibition stands

When you visit an Embroiderers’ Guild event we may ask for your name and email address. This data will be held on a password-protected PC/Laptop. It will be processed by the Regional Secretary and passed to the membership administrators of the Embroiderers’ Guild. They will contact you to seek your permission for them and us to communicate with you to give you more information about the Guild and seek your feedback on your experience as a visitor to the event. If you choose not to reply to that contact or reply giving your permission and later ‘unsubscribing’ your record will be archived and, after a period of 12 months, deleted.