an independent group of creative textile artists and stitchers

from Durham and the surrounding area


Galleries from Stitching Ideas and Inspirations

Postcard Swap | Stitching Inspirations

St Cuthbert's Pectoral Cross | Silver Hoops | Community Projects

We have recently started our face-to-face stitching sessions at Lanchester Community Centre. Numbers are limited to ensure we can practise social distancing as part of our Covid precautions. There is a renewed sense of joy as we continue to keep stitching and sharing work with other members. Soon we will have our first members only competition!

2021 Postcard Swap:

The kick-start project for our group is a textile postcard swap. Members use a prompt to create a small number of stitched postcards to swap with each other. The slide show below has a selection of our postcards from the swapping so far. The first round (for April/May) was based on the theme Complementary Colours. Round two for June/July was based on the theme of Geometric Shapes, Just One Colour for August/September. We are now on our fourth round of postcard swap for October/November, so what else but use Colours of Autumn. The full sets of images can be seen on the Postcard Swap Gallery page.

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

If you have completed work from any of the suggestions and prompts from 2020, please send photos to the TAS-2 WhatsApp group for sharing, OR please email Penny, our web page editor ( with a couple of photos of your work with a short description of what inspired you and the techniques you used. We won't publish your full name, just initials to ensure you are attributed to the work.

If your piece of work is the result of kit or a professional design or from a workshop/course please ensure you tell us the details to comply with current UK guidelines on copyright. For Example:

"the 'Owl & Pussycat' raised embroidery techniques, started at Durham Spring School 2019, from a kit designed and provided by the tutor Jenny Adin-Christie".

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Stitching Inspirations:

During the 2020 lock down, we used a series of prompts to keep busy, stay sane and enjoy stitching small pieces of work. The gallery with the list of prompts can be seen here: Stitching Inspirations.

St Cuthbert's Pectoral Cross:

St Cuthbert's Cross designed by Tracy A Franklin

Our friend and specialist traditional hand embroiderer, Tracy A Franklin, was commissioned to design and put together a pack of materials for a community stitching project. Tracy used the iconic symbol of Durham (St Cuthbert's Pectoral Cross) for our interpretation in stitch. The resulting works were to be displayed as part of a public exhibition to promote the art of stitching. However, Covid-19 scuppered the plans for a physical exhibition so this virtual exhibition was created in its place.

Click the gallery page of the St Cuthbert's Pectoral Cross.

Silver Hoops Project:

Display of silver hoop at December 2019 meeting

Using a silver hoop as the frame for a new piece of work the group were asked to design and stitch their ideas on the theme of silver.The hoops were going to be displayed as part of a public exhibition to promote the art of stitching. However, Covid-19 scuppered the plans for a physical exhibition so this virtual exhibition was created in its place. If you haven't shown us your finished hoop yet, please send some images to Penny for adding to this gallery.

Click the gallery page of the Silver Hoops.

Community Projects:

Members are active in community and collaborative projects. These links will take you to galleries of work from those projects:

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 during 2019.

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

2016 Celebrating 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. Our gallery shows a selection of works from our members on display indoor and outdoor at Gibside Gardens and Chapel (Gateshead).

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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