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

Our group meetings are through zoom on the second Saturday of the month. During this extended period of social distancing and travel restrictions, members are encouraged keep stitching and sharing work with other members.

During the 2020 lock down, our members 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: 2020 Stitching Inspirations.

The ongoing project for 2021 is a textile postcard swap. Members use a bi-monthly prompt to create a small number of stitched postcards to swap with each other.

2021 Postcard Swap:

The slide show below has a selection of textile postcards from our first round of swapping based on the theme Complementary Colours. The full set of images can be seen on the gallery page 2021 Postcard Swap.

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 (tas2durham@gmail.com) 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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St Cuthbert's Pectoral Cross:

St Cuthbert's Cross designed by Tracy A Franklin

For the 25th anniversary celebration of the Durham City EG., 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

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Durham City EG., members were given a silver hoop and asked to design and stitch their ideas to celebrate the significant birthday of the group. 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: 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.

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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