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5 July – stitch day

14th July – Workshop: Canvaswork ….. Tutor Pippa Foulds

19th July – Love Letters from the Front, Embroidered Postcards of WWI ….
Pat Ashton-Smith

2nd August – stitch day….. including crewel workshop with Elaine Dunn                             for branch members (group 1)

16th August – stitch day….. including crewel workshop with Elaine Dunn                            for branch members (group 2)

6th September – stitch day                                                                                                        Workshop : Seahorse….Elaine Dunn

20th September  – AGM From Scraps to Stitched Characters ….. Maggie Smith 

4th October – stitch day
Workshop: Whitework ….. Joan Wilkinson

18th October – Fabric of My Life ….. Laura Edgar
Competition: An insect

1st November – stitch day

3rd November – Workshop: A Felted Landscape ….. Tutor Louise Curnin

15th November – Members’ get together (no speaker)

22nd November – Trip: Knit & Stitch Show, Harrogate

6th December– stitch day

13th December – Christmas Social / Activity


4th to 6th April – Durham Spring School

19th May – North East Regional Day

30th June to 1st July – Harmby Mid Summer School

17th to 19th August – Wooler Late Summer School

Embroiderers’ Guild North East Region – Regional Competitions Requirements

General Competition

There are no restrictions regarding size or technique. 

There should be a strong element of Stitching in any entry submitted.

In some years there may be a more limiting brief, but it will be stated when the title is announced. 


Margaret Howe or Olga Stokes Competitions (alternate each year.)


Olga Stokes.

The award is for ‘a piece of ecclesiastical embroidery’ and the judges are encouraged to look for ‘Quality of design and the ability to demonstrate technical skill’ and a clear ‘religious’ link. There are no restrictions on size or technique. The only ‘rules’ are

(1) that it should have been completed since the previous Olga Stokes award (ie usually within the last two years), and (2) that only one entry per member is allowed.

The Margaret Howe award is for a piece of ‘Traditional Hand embroidery’.  There is no restriction as far as size or technique goes, 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 Regional Committee reserves the right to photograph any of the work submitted for the competition, for use in either Guild publicity or in a Guild Calendar. If you do not want your work to be photographed, then please indicate this in the box provided on the form.


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