North East Region

Embroiderers' Guild

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Recent Exhibitions and Galleries of our Work

Durham, Harmby & Wooler Courses | Regional Day Competitions

Needle Points North Panels | 100 Hearts War Stories | Capability Brown

Inspired by Architecture | Mining a Golden Seam

We are very proud of the high standard of embroidery and stitched textiles in the North-East Region. We aim to promote our art by holding exhibitions in public places around the region and further afield. The Regional Committee organise annual courses, competitions, and exhibitions to provide opportunity for memberes to learn new techniques and practise favourites. Competitions encourage us to work to a given theme within a deadline and our exhibitions display our work in public place to promote the Guild.

Most of the pieces of work exhibited have been uniquely designed and stitched by an individual member of the Guild. However, we occasionally set a challenge to work on larger scale works or to stitch a collaborative piece of work.

Scroll through our galleries or work, if you like what you see, email our Secretary for more information about upcoming events or becoming a member of the Guild.

All images reproduced with permissison of the owner/maker and are copyright. Please do not copy without permission.

Regional Day Competitons

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Samples of work from Durham, Harmby and Wooler Courses

Below are samples of work in progress from recent courses. These courses are tutored by professional textile artists. At Durham Wooler courses there are usually two tutors and at Harmby one tutor. The range of techniques is very diverse, some often take us out of our comfort zone but help us push the boundaries of what we do.

If you are interested in joining a course see our events page for information on current courses.

Watch this space for our gallery of work from 2019 summer schools
Harmby & Wooler 2019


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The Needle Points North Panels

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018, the Needle Points North Panels were on display at St. Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead. The images for the slide show below were provided by the project photographer Rich Kenworthy.

The full set of panels and close up images to show more detailed sections can be viewed by clicking this link to open the NPN Panels page.

100 Hearts War Stories

The 100 Hearts War Stories was a national project from The Embroiderers’ Guild UK for 2018. It commemorates the ending of WW1 (The Great War 1914-1918) a 100 years ago. Members from all around the Region applied to Head Office for the background fabrics. Our members stitched a design to commemorate someone or an event with a special meaning to them. Many of the hearts are now being auction to raise funds for SAFFA.

A selection of the Hearts stitched in our Region from this link to open the 100 Hearts page.

This You Tube Video provided by the Embroiderers' Guild was filmed at Bucks Museum and The Knitting and Stitching Show 2018.


Celebrating the Birth of Capability Brown

The Embroiderers’ Guild was one of many partners in a nationwide festival celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown. During the course of 2016, more than 40 exhibitions were held throughout the country. The NE Region held exhibitions at three major locations: Wallington Hall in Northumberland, Tennants of Leyburn, and at Gibside in Tyne & Wear.

Later in 2017, a large selection of the pieces from each exhibition went to Farfiled Mill, Sedberg, for their themed exhibition "Landscape". Click on each of the title to view the gallery of each exhibition.

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Inspired by Architecture

During September 2016 the Chapel of Nine Altars at Durham Cathedral was host to an exhibition of over 100 pieces of work. Members throughout the Region designed and stiched a very diverse range of traditional and contemporary embroidery and stitched textiles. All were inspired by the theme ‘Architecture.

The exhibition was very popular drawing many positive comments from visitors, and it was taken to Ripon Cathedral in 2017. The Ripon exhibition included pieces from the Durham Exhibition and Regional Day Competitions as well as the NPN Panels.

The ingenuity and diversity of our members' work is illustrated on Inspired by Archirecture page.

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Mining a Golden Seam

A major exhibition inspired by the mining traditions, heritage and culture of North-East England. This exhibition was shown at a number of locations around the region, as well nationally and internationally. The table below lists the venues and dates.

This Mining a Golden Seam gallery page shows a selection of the works from the exhibition.

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