creative textile artists and stitchers from Durham and the surrounding area

formerly known as the Durham City Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild


About Us

We are an independent group of creative textile artists and stitchers, who share an interest in all manner of textiles. Some of us specialise in hand embroidery, others in machine embroidery, some of us knit, some of us just love to acquire fabrics and threads! We enjoy all styles of stitched textiles from the very traditional, to cutting edge contemporary work with mixed media.

We believe in the notion that 'Stitched Art is Art'.

The aims of our group are to:

  • share creative and stitched textile work
  • provide a supportive environment that focuses on 'doing' stitching
  • learn from each other's expertise
  • challenge ourselves to experiment with new ideas.

Many of our members have City & Guilds or degree level qualifications and/or RSN qualifications in embroidery and stitched textiles, which have helped shape their practice.

Others are active pursuing their interest in stitched art, using textiles creatively and working with mixed media while learning new techniques!

Find out more about the interests and inspirations of our stitchers on the Meet the Members page.

We stitch together at regular intervals, sometimes in small groups other times as a whole group. We comply with current guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Our full Risk Assessment with Covid-19 precautions can be read from here.

Our group membership is full and we are not recruiting new members for the near future... However, if you would like to find out more about the group or be placed on a waiting list, please contact our secretary, Penny Widdison by email for more information.

The piece of mixed media work above featuring the 'Santuary Knocker of Durham Cathedral', was created by member Lesley Wood for an exhibition 'Inspired by Architecture'. It includes papers, vintage linen, collage and stitch. Lesley exhibits her work widely in the UK and more examples can be seen on her Instagram page.

Members are active in creating stitched textiles for community and collaborative projects as well as exhibitions. The links below will take you to galleries of work from some of those projects: We do not have a full archive of all the projects from the beginning of the Durham City Embroiderers' Guild, as good quality digital photos are not available from many years ago.

Regional Day 2015 exhibition

North East Regional Day Exhibition of works celebrating 20 years of the branch

The Needle Points North - the first collaborative project undertaken in 1996 and recently on display at the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 and other locations in the North East.

The 100 hearts War Stories project - from The Embroiderers’ Guild UK commemorates the ending of WW1 (The Great War 1914-1918) 100 years ago.

More recent community projects include 'We will remember them' (2020), '100 years of Suffrage' (2018), Kneelers for St Michael's Church, Howick, Northumberland (2018), and the collaborative '70273 Project' (2017).

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