North-East Region

Embroiderers' Guild

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Galleries of our Exhibitions & Work

2021 The Natural World

2020 Virtual Exhibition (follow the link below)

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

Inspired by Architecture | Mining a Golden Seam

Durham, Harmby & Wooler Courses | Regional Competitions | Branch Exhibitions

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. Much or our work is produced for local exhibitions or as a result of competitions at Regional Day, or for a specific challenge set by the National 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 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.

Call for exhibition entries 2021: The Natural World:

Exhibition Title: The Natural World
Dates: Friday 11th June – Saturday 10 July 2021
Preview Night: Thursday 10th June 2021 (6:00pm – 8:00pm)
Venue: Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE38 8AB

Subject: We would like you to submit stitched textile art works, completed within the last five years, which reflect your interpretation of the Natural World. We would like to see the rich and diverse experiences you have of this environment. This is a good excuse to look back at your holiday snaps, sketchbooks or objects collected along the way for new inspiration or to dust off some older work that has not been seen before or deserves another viewing.

Guidelines and entry forms have been sent to Branch Secretaries with full details of the exhibition requirements. The date for final submision of the entry form is April 24th 2021. We require this information prior to submission of work to compile the catalogue and prepare signage for the event. All works for exhibition must be handed over no later than May 15th 2021. Please contact the Regional Secretary by email for further information regarding collection of works.

View the full 2021 Exhibition Guidelines and Entry Form here.

The 2020 virtual exhibition:

While all our events and meetings in the North-East Region are on hold, we want to encourage you to keep stitching and sharing your work with other members.

Our Branches have notified us of the many ways they are setting small stitching challenges to help us keep in contact with each other. We too are setting you some challenges - you can choose any of the categories, in any order, but please do keep your photos coming so we can share them on this virtual exhibition gallery.

From the Region, we would like you to keep making your key fobs for sale at our next Regional Day, or at our Natural World Exhibition in 2021. The two Regional Competitions: The Olga Stokes Award "All Creatures Great & Small" and the Members' Competition "Bugs & Beasties" from the 2020 Regional Day have been postponed and you will be invited to submit those works for the next Regional Day (date to be announced in due course). Please do keep stitching for both these competitions or decide that there is now time for you to plan and start a piece of work...

Follow this link to open the 2020 Virtual Exhibition Gallery that describes our challenges and shows images of the works that have been sent to us.

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.

For a selection of the Hearts stitched in our Region click on 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 Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, for their themed exhibition "Landscape". Click on each of the titles 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 stitched 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 the Inspired by Architecture page.

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Mining a Golden Seam:

A series of exhibitions between 2011 - 2017, inspired by the mining traditions, heritage and culture of North-East England. This major exhibition was shown at a number of locations around the region, as well nationally and internationally. Our gallery of images from the exhibitions is very small, as many of the works were not photographed digitally. If any of our members have digital photos from the exhibition please send them to the Region's IT Rep for inclusion in this section.

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

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Regional Competitions:

Wallpaper for the Web by the Regional Committee. Completed 2019


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Samples of work from the Durham, Harmby and Wooler Courses:

Below are samples of work in progress from recent courses. These courses are tutored by professional textile artists. At the Durham and Wooler courses there are usually two tutors and at Harmby one tutor. The range of techniques is very diverse, some may 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 Regional Events page for information on current courses.

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Recent Exhibitions from the Branches:

Our Branches are active in promoting embroidery and stitched textiles with exhibitions in their local areas. Below are links to their own gallery pages or pages we have produced on their behalf.

Darlington Branch - Celebrating 40 Years 1979-2019 at The Hippodrome Theatre, Darlington: In the Limelight. Joy Bradshaw (Founder Member and Hon. President) has provided a description of the opening of the exhibition which can be read here.

Newcastle upon Tyne, Central Library 2019: Images of Gateshead & Newcastle. (This link goes to an external web page).

Durham City, Greenfield Arts Centre, Newton Aycliffe 2019: Travels in Stitch. (This link goes to an external web page).

If you have a branch exhibition you would like to promote here please email the Regional Secretary at:


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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.

For information about the Guild contact:

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