The home of embroidery and stitched textiles in

Durham City

About Us

We are a very vibrant group of textile artists, 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 cloth and threads! We enjoy all styles of stitched textiles from the very traditional, to cutting edge contemporary work with mixed media.

You can read a short history of the Branch here.

Branch membership is about 60 with ages from just above 18 to over 81. Most of us are active, creating work for small scale challenges such as our monthly 'travelling books', through to major pieces for competitions and exhibitions. Our level of ability ranges from the absolute beginner through to professional embroiderers and teachers. Examples of our work can be seen on the Gallery Page, click on the button on the left hand menu.

For junior members under the age of 18, we have a Young Embroiderers' Group. They have their own meetings with a exciting range of stitched textile and related activities.

We are looking forward to our 25th anniversary in 2020; plans are already afoot to host a range of activities and ensure we have a exhibition of work to celebrate this major milestone. We will be exhibiting our work at the North-East Regional Day in May 2020.

Many of our members have completed qualifications in embroidery and stitched textiles. However, it is not necessary to have any to join us, all you need is an interest in stitching or you want to learn some new techniques!

Whatever level of stitching an individual is at, the branch is very welcoming and encourages us all to have fun, develop a strong sense of camaraderie and promote embroidery as art.

If you would like to come along to a meeting as a visitor to find out more about the branch, please contact our secretary by email for more information.

Our Events page includes details of our outreach programme and public stitching days.