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Durham Spring School | Harmby Summer School | Wooler Summer School

Regional Day | Regional AGM

 

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 and 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.

Members at GEN 2018

Our two annual events for members to gather 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.
  • Traders’ stalls, often with fabrics and threads and other haberdashery items.
  • Extensive displays of work by the host branch 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 essential. Information and booking forms are sent to Branch Secretaries/Treasurers in February.

 

The North East Region of the Embroiderers' Guild will hold their next Regional Day on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Emmanuel College, Gateshead.

The theme of the day is 'Upcycling'

If you wish to attend for the whole day, please download, print and complete the
Regional Day Ticket Booking Form

instructions for returning the form and making payment are on the form.

The Regional Day Programme can be viewed here.

Please note Early Bird booking closing date was 30th April 2019.
Tickets without lunch may be ordered from 1st May or entry on the day.

Prices are £21.50 for members OR £23.50 for non-members of the Guild.

Speakers:

 

  • Mig Holder - 'The Thread of my life' and
  • Jo Atherton - 'Weaving with flotsam'
Competitions:
  • Members' competition - 'New work from old'. Must include items that are old or recycled to create an innovative textile inspiration.
  • Branch challenge - 'Wallpaper for the web'. Create a 30cm square sampler that will be used as the wallpaper background to this web site.

For the 2019 Branch Challenge the finished sampler should comprise nine, 10cm squares finished as a 30cm x 30cm rectangle, mounted but not framed or covered with glass! Any technique, fabrics, yarns and fibres may be included, using shades and tones of one colour but please do not include complimentary colours. Branches may submit more than one entry.

Guidelines and Entry forms for the Regional Day competitions can be downloaded from the Competitions page.

Winners of the 2018 Regional Day Competitions

There was a magnificent display of work from all round the Region, with a great variety of twinchies. A tough decision for the Judges! The winners from left to right below: 'Twinchies Squared' Lesley W from Durham City. 'Single Twinchie' (the Margaret Howe Award) Ann C from Richmond & Leyburn. Members' Choice (and runner up in Twinchies Squared) Melita B who is a joint member of Durham Branch as well as Richmond & Leyburn Branch.

 

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Durham Spring School (Held annually in April)

This course is held over three days, 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. Course fees include all tuition, lunches, evening meals, morning & afternoon light refreshments.

Tutors:

  • to be confirmed

Please note there may be additional costs for purchasing the project or the required basic materials from the tutors on both these courses.

Durham Spring School course information and booking form:

  • The Durham Spring School 2020 course information will be available later in 2019
  • The Durham Spring School 2020 booking form will be available 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).  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'. 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'. Alice Fox 'Eco-Printing on Fabric with Stitch'.

 

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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 Early Summer school:
29-30 June 2019 Harmby Village Hall, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5PG.

Tutor:

Chris Gray - 'Journey to Japan' Sashiko and stencilling

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

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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 Late Summer school:
21-23 August 2019 Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, NE71 6BL.

Tutors:

  • Mary McIntosh - 'Life's a Bleach'.
  • Heather Lewis - 'Tree of Gold' (tapestry silk shading with goldwork)

 

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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.

Next Regional AGM:

26 October 2019: Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Durham, DH6 5AT. Please arrive from 12.45pm.

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 displa 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.

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