The home of embroidery and stitched textiles in

Durham City


Meetings | Workshops | Outreach | External Events

Branch meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month at Belmont Community Centre, Gilesgate Moor, DH1 2LL. Members and visitors arrive about 1.15pm. Visitors should contact the branch secretary on, for further information and check dates in advance as we sometimes have to rearrange a meeting.

Durham City has 60 members who enjoy meeting for stitching and getting to know each other  better. Our monthly meetings begin with light refreshments where we take the opportunity to chat with each other, browse the library, peruse the sales table, or book a place on a workshop. Members may borrow an item of equipment for a small charge for one month.

A short business meeting begins at 1.45pm, for dissemination of Guild and Branch information, this is usually followed by a talk or demonstration. Our speakers are drawn from a variety of textile related disciplines to ensure we cover a wide range of topics of interest to embroiderers with traditional and contemporary preferences.  Members pay £3.50 per meeting, visitors £4.50.

Our Programme of Monthly Meetings 2019-2020

Visitors welcome - please see the contact information above.

12 October Branch AGM: Followed by stitching together.
9 November Kate Slaughter: Creative Journey with Colour & Texture.
14 December Festive fun for members, with a shared lunch. Judging the Branch Challenge.
11 January Beverly Holmes-Wright - Stitching for the Soul.
08 February Fran Bremmer - Textile Art or Anarchy.
14 March Catherine Howard - Journey in Textiles.
11 April Members' day stitching together.
09 May Deb Cooper - Lines & Wrinkles.
13 June Open to the Public - Celebrating 25 years of stitching.
04 July Laura Edgar - Textiles: the fabric of my life.
August Stitching with the community.
12 September Donna Cheshire - Ethical Practice in Textile Art
10 October 2020 Branch AGM.
14 November Melita Butterell - Curious Needlework
05 December Festive fun for members, with a shared lunch. Judging the Branch Challenge.

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Bookable Workshops

We organise a series of one-day workshops during the year. These are led by an experienced tutor drawn from different areas of textile related artistry.

We aim to learn new or practise existing skills and techniques of use to stitched textiles. All our workshops are self-financing and are booked and paid for in advance. Costs for the workshops may vary, but are usually £30 for BRANCH MEMBERS for a whole day session.  Non-members and visitors pay a slightly higher fee.

Branch members have priority for places. A £10 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Places remaining one month before the due date of a workshop will be offered to members of other EG branches and visitors. Contact the Programme Secretary by email on to obtain further information, a booking form and payment details.  Information provided by the tutor before the event will specify any equipment that is needed, and any additional charges for materials supplied or can be purchased on the day.

Our 2019-20 Programme of Workshops:

10 November Kate Slaughter: t.b.c. - contact branch for details.
09 February Fran Bremmer: Twisted Tree - free hand techniques.
10 May Deb Cooper: Lines & Edges - sampler workshop.
05 July Laura Edgar: Peonies & Roses workshop.
15 November Melita Butterell: Raised Embroidery workshop.

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Outreach Events

To fulfil our aims of 'promoting the art of embroidery' and 'educating the public', the branch holds a number of Outreach events throughout the year.  These include teaching needlework skills to young children at a local primary school and the annual Celebration of Stitch Day.

At the Stitch Day our members stitch in public places to engage with members of the public encouraging them to observe, chat and have a go at small stitched samplers. Recently we have stitched at the World Heritage Site Visitors Centre in Durham City, Durham Cathedral, Wharton Park Visitors Centre, and Clayport Library in Durham City. Dates of outreach activities open to the public are shown below.

Non-members are welcome to attend these events. For 'Take a Stitch', visitors may attend a maximum of three meetings; after that we hope they will decide to join the Guild as a Branch member. For the Bowburn Craft Fair there may be an entrance charge levied by the event organisers. For all activities please contact the branch secretary on, for further information.

Our regular outreach events include:

Please check the dates with our secretary before attending as the date or location may change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm.
'Take a Stitch' - Meet our members to learn or practise some new embroidery stitches, a textile related technique or get involved in an embroidery project.
Usually on the 2nd Saturday of August. A drop in session running throughout the day from 10am to 3.30pm. 'Celebration of Stitch' - Meet our members to learn some new embroidery stitches or get involved in a small embroidery project.

This is a FREE event for members of the public of all ages to join us to celebrate stitching. We provide all the materials to get started with a small project.

usually on the 3rd Saturday of October, from 10am. Bowburn Craft Fair - the Branch has a table at the fair to promote the Guild, demonstrate some skills and sell small handmade goods and textile related items.

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External Regional Events

Please note that separate booking for these events is required through the Regional Organiser. Members can find contact details in 'Runaround', or via the North-East Region's web site.

April 2020 Durham Spring School (at Ushaw College, Durham)

  • Sheila Mortlock - content t.b.c.
  • Elizabeth Almond - Blackwork in colour
May 2020 Regional Day (at Emmanuel College, Gateshead)

With two speakers, sales of local artists works and two competitions:

  • Michele Carragher (Speaker)
  • t.b.c. (Speaker)
  • Members' Challenge: 'Bugs & Beasties'
  • Olga Stokes Competition: 'All Creatures Great & Small'
June 2020 Harmby Summer School

  • Tracy Franklin: Whitework Sampler
August 2020 Wooler Late Summer School

  • Nicola Jarvis
  • Nikki Parmenter

GDPR Compliance:

Statement 1: Notice to members & visitors when they apply or register for an event

We will ask you to supply some personal information we need in order to plan and run a successful event. Your personal data will be recorded on a password-protected PC/Laptop. It may be shared in full or part between the authorised event organisers. Authorised users will not make further copies and will only retain your personal data until all the administration associated with the event is completed.

In the case of payment records, these will be processed and stored by one authorised data processer (The treasurer or person acting a treasurer for the event) and will be retained as required by our auditors & HMRC. Retained financial information will be kept in a secure container and/or password-protected digital file.

By completing an application or registration form and emailing it to the ‘event organiser’, or by completing it in writing and adding your signature, you are giving your express permission to record, process and retain your personal data for the purpose of running a successful event. For further information please see the Embroiderers' Guild Privacy Policy available on the Guild web site at

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