North-East Region

Embroiderers' Guild

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Regional Events

The Regional Committee are reviewing events for 2021. Please read the relevant sections below for updated information on Spring school and Regional Day.

Durham Spring School | Harmby Summer School | Wooler Summer School

Regional Day | Regional AGM

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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, develop good practice, and foster a strong sense of community within the Guild.

The workshop/courses are held over two or three days to allow development of ideas in specialist techniques. Tutors on all our courses are of national and sometimes international reputation.  Members within the 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.

You can read our Event Booking and Cancellation Policy here.

Other than our tutored workshops and courses, 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. 

  • Two highly regarded speakers, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon.
  • Artist/Makers’ stalls, selling original pieces of textile art, fabrics and threads and other haberdashery items.
  • Exhibition of work by one of the branches, plus other examples from our courses and travelling books.
  • Two Competitions, the entries are judged and prizes with a certificate 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 is preferred. Information and booking forms are sent to Branch Secretaries/Treasurers early in the year.

Regional Day: Saturday 15th May 2021

We are sorry to inform you that the Regional Committee, have decided that Regional Day 2021 will be cancelled.  Due to the restrictions of Covid-19, the number of participants allowable in our usual venue would be less than a third our usual attendance and a sufficiently large venue would be beyond our budget.

The competions 'All Creatures Great & Small' and 'Bugs & Beasties' for the Olga Stokes Award and the Members' Award have been rescheduled for judging at the Regional AGM 2021.

View previous 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


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Durham Spring School

This course is usually held annually over three days in April. At the time of writing the Regional Committee are hoping to hold this event in 2021 as a NON-RESIDENTIAL EVENT. Further information will be sent to members as soon as possible, and places are to be booked through the event organiser.  Relevant information and a booking form will be sent to Branch Secretaries.  Members of the Guild from the NE Region have priority for places, followed by Guild members from another region.   Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, and if places are still available after the application booking date, non-members may book a place for an additional fee (see our booking policy document above).

Durham Spring School: 14-16 April 2021:

The Regional Committee are unable to confirm the venue due to covid-19 restrictions at the present time. But to facilitate the likelihood of being able to house the courses at Ushaw College, we are proposing to hold this school for the normal three days as a non-residential course. The  sessions would run from10.00am to   5.00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, probably finishing at 4.00 pm on Friday.

Delegates can attend as a day student or, if you wish, find your own accommodation. It is likely that Ushaw College will be able to provide bed and breakfast but they may not be able to offer an evening meal. Members would have to make their own arrangements with the College. The suggested cost will be £195 plus accommodation and kits. The Committee have booked two tutors for this course:

  • Deborah Campbell   (‘The fine art of textiles’ mixed media with stitch).  
  • Kate Barlow   (Hand embroidery including  silk shading, raised embroidery and goldwork techniques).  

Further information is available upon request.


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


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 Appliqué 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

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Harmby Summer School (Held annually in late June/early 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 early spring. 

Places are limited on this workshop and members need to 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.

Summer School at Harmby 2021

26th  – 27th  June 2021    Anne Kelly  – Textile and mixed media art

Further information to be circulated in due course.



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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. A group meal can be booked at a local restaurant on the second night for those who want to socialise together. Relevant information and Booking Forms are sent to Branch Secretaries in early spring. 

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’ are 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. 

Summer School at Wooler 2021

25 -27 August 2021

Ali Ferguson - ‘Stitching Stories from Home’ - Three lovely days of repurposing, sharing stories and ‘slow stitching’ as we work with vintage materials to create wonderfully scrappy hand stitched textile collages.

Nikki Parmenter – 'Small worlds' - Participants will use a copper hoop as a base and cover this with threads to create a background for their small world. This could be an underwater world, a tropical world, a world with birds or other personal choice.

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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. Plus, a members' competition with an award will be judged by those attending the event.

Members without a Branch who were intending to attend this event should contact the Regional Secretary by email for further details.

Next Regional AGM: October 2021:

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

All competition entries to be registered by 1.00pm


  • All Creatures Great & Small (the Olga Stokes Award)
  • Bugs & Beasties (Members' Award)

Speaker: Dr Mary Brooks - The Morton Cope (t.b.c.)

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 the 'Embroiderers' Guild 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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