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Regional Competitions

The entry date for the Regional Day competitions has been suspended, please see below. Further information will be sent to Branches soon.

Regional Day | Regional AGM

All members living in the North-East Region are invited and encouraged to enter work on a given theme for a specific competition. We encourage our members to enter pieces of work that have been uniquely designed and stitched by an individual member of the Guild, or as a group collaboration for a set competition. Work wholly based on professionally designed embroidery kits, transfers, or set designs from workshops will be usually be excluded from the competitions.

Any work that is based on an existing piece of art (in any form) must include full acknowledgment of the original artist and where appropriate, their permission to use that image. Any work derived from or inspired by a workshop or tutorial (including books and magazines) must acknowledge the workshop leader, or original designer.

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

Unless otherwise stated all images on this website are copyright to those who stitched them. We have tried to attribute artists who inspired the works, if any name is missing, please let us know the correct details for attribution.

 

The slide show above shows close up details of a selection of recent works entered for our competitions. All works reproduced with permission of the owner/maker.

Regional Day Competitions 2020:

Olga Stokes Award: 'All creatures great and small'

View the Guidelines for the Olga Stokes Award here.

Members' Competition: 'Bugs and Beasties'

View the Guidelines for the Members' Competition here.

The entry dates for the above competitions have been suspended following our decision to cancel Regional Day 2020. We hope members will continue to work on their embroideries and stitched textiles over the summer months.

We will hold these two competitions with the awards at a later date. Information will be sent to Branch secretaries as soon as possible. Members without a Branch who were intending to enter these competition should contact the Regional Secretary by email secretary.nerembguild@gmail.com for further details.

 

 

The Embroiderers' Guild have introduced guidelines for members to follow when using images that belong to someone else. Please ensure you read the Copyright Guidelines before thinking about downloading, copying, pasting, forwarding, using, etc., any image of work from the internet or other published source. If you are using existing artistic works as your inspiration, please ensure you have the necessary permissions to do so.

View the Embroiderers' Guild Guidelines and Information on Copyright here.

Two major judged competitions are held annually at the Regional Day in May, each based on a given theme. There is the Regional Day Challenge in which any technique or combination of techniques may be used but a strong element of stitch is required. The second competition is usually a Named Award which has more specific criteria and is an award in recognition of the expertise of work submitted. Occasionally the Regional Committee will set a Branch Challenge to encourage collaborative working.

A third annual competition will run at the Regional AGM in October. Guidelines below set out the criteria and judging.

Regional AGM Competition

For 2020 : further details to follow shortly...

Please submit an entry form by the due date, and take (or send with someone else) your work to the Regional AGM.

 

Regional Day Competitions

There are three awards with a prize and certificate at the annual Regional Day. The Regional Day Challenge, and the Named Award are anonymously judged for a winner and runner up, by independent judges. The third award is the Members' Choice Award. All members attending the Regional Day are eligible to vote for their favourite piece of work from the Regional Day Challenge entries. All pieces of work for these competitions must be delivered to the venue no later than 10.15a.m. on the morning of the event to ensure stewards can register the entries before the start of business.

1. The Regional Day Challenge:

This award is held annually at Regional Day and has fewer restriction than the Named Awards. Members may interpret the given theme in their choice of technique within the criteria stated for the competition. There are two judged prizes for a Winner and a Runner up. In addition, all pieces in this competition can be voted on for the Members' Choice Award.

x2. The Olga Stokes Award (will now run in even number years):

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

In this competition the judges look for 'Quality of design and the ability to demonstrate technical skill with a clear link to any faith'. 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. Entrants are expected to attach a short description of how the article is related to a faith.

There are no restrictions on technique, but there must be a strong element of stitch. 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.

OR. The Margaret Howe Award (will now run in odd number years):

This award is for a piece of ‘Traditional Hand Embroidery’. The guidelines will provide a title and state any restriction on size presentation. Any traditional hand stitching technique may be used, 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.

The Olga Stokes Award and Margaret Howe Award are not included in the voting for the Members' Choice Award.

Regional Day Competitions 2020:

Olga Stokes Award: 'All creatures great and small'

View the Guidelines for the Olga Stokes Award here.

Members' Competition: 'Bugs and Beasties'

View the Guidelines for the Members' Competition here.

The entry dates for the above competitions have been suspended following our decision to cancel Regional Day 2020. We hope members will continue to work on their embroideries and stitched textiles over the summer months.

We will hold these two competitions with the awards at a later date. Information will be sent to Branch secretaries as soon as possible. Members without a Branch who were intending to enter these competition should contact the Regional Secretary by email secretary.nerembguild@gmail.com for further details.

 

 

Previous Regional Day Competition Awards:

The theme for 2019 was all about reusing or repurposing items from our vast collections of threads, fabrics, and haberdashery. The Members' Challenge (now known as the Regional Day Challenge). The Winning entry: "Second-hand Rose" by Lesley W (Durham City), Runner-Up: "Tea-time" by Caroline C (Richmond & Leyburn), and Members' Choice: "All Things Old & Beautiful" Sue V (Richmond & Leyburn) are shown below.

The Olga Stokes Award was postponed for a year to encourage members to take part in a collaborative stitching project entitled Wallpaper for the Web.

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

 

In 2018, Regional Chair, Victoria MacLeod, set the challenge of 'twinchies!'; a two inch square of stitched loveliness. The Margaret Howe Award asked for a Single Twinchie, the Members' Challenge required Twinchies Squared (i.e. 4, 9, or 16 squares arranged on a grid pattern). There was a magnificent display and variety, resulting in a very tough decision for the Judges and members!

The winners from left to right below: 'Twinchies Squared' Lesley W from Durham City with her "Film Godesses". 'Single Twinchie' (the Margaret Howe Award) Ann C from Richmond & Leyburn with her "Stump work pomegranate & ladybird". The Members' Choice (and runner up in Twinchies Squared) Melita B "Drystone Wall". Melita is a joint member of Durham Branch and Richmond & Leyburn Branch.

xIn 2017, the Regional Day judges were spoilt for choice when they looked at the entries for the Members’ Challenge ‘Contrasts’. Ione D (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 Award winning entry ‘Darkness & Light’ by Hazel McE (from Newcastle upon Tyne Branch) is shown above.

 

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


 

Unless otherwise stated all images on this website are Copyright to those who stitched them. We have tried to attribute artists who inspired the works, if any name is missing, please let us know the correct details for attribution.

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