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Durham City


Meetings | Workshops | Outreach | External Events

Branch meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month (except August) from 1.30pm, at Newton Hall Community Centre, Durham, DH1 5GR (next to the Abbey Leisure Centre). Visitors should contact the branch secretary, Sarah Dodds, on, for further information.

Durham City has about 50 members who enjoy meeting for stitching and getting to know each other  better. Our monthly meetings begin with light refreshments on arrival from 1.30pm. Members usually take this opportunity to chat with each other, browse the library, peruse the sales table, or book a place on a workshop. (Members can borrow books free of charge for one month).

A short business meeting begins at 2.00pm, for dissemination of EG and branch information, this is 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 £3.00 per meeting, visitors £4.00.

Workshops are self-financing and must be booked and pre-paid in advance. Costs for the workshop may vary but are usually £30 for MEMBERS for a whole day session.  Non-members currently pay £35 per full day workshop.

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

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 National Stitch Day. At the National Stitch Day members stitch in public places to engage with members of 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 and Wharton Park Visitors Centre.

Dates of outreach activities open to the Public are shown below.

Programme of Monthly Meetings

Visitors welcome - please see the contact information above.

12 May Jess Grady: Embellishments.
9 June Angela Reed: Creative Calligraphy.
14 July Members' Meeting: Stitching projects.
4 August National Celebration of Stitch.
8 September Alison Larkin: Costume and Embroidery of the Georgian Period.
13 October Branch AGM.
10 November Ann Allison: Lace, not just fine and frilly.
8 December Festive fun for members.

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Bookable Workshops

Please note that workshop are for Durham City branch members only in the first instance. Visitors should contact the Secretary to enquire if any places are available one week before the due date. An additional fee is payable for non-members to attend workshops.

12 November Sara Dodds - Soutache Jewellery.
14 April Helen Cowans: Free Machine Embroidery, Sketch and draw with your machine.
12 May Jess Grady: Creative mixed media embroidery and embellishment.
11 November Ann Allison: Wire lace bracelets.

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Outreach Events

Non-members are welcome to attend these events.

On the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm 'Take a Stitch' - Meet our members to learn some new embroidery stitches, or get involved in an embroidery project.

Venue: Shincliffe Village Hall. Please note there is limited parking but there is a good bus route to the village.

Please contact the branch secretary, Sarah Dodds, for more information.

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External Events

Please note that individuals may need separate booking for these events.

4-6 April 2018

Durham Spring School

  • Alison King: Reflections
  • Wendy Dolan: Architecture in stitch
  • Shelley Cox: Beaded appliqué butterfly

19 May 2018

Regional Day - Emmanuel College, Gateshead

  • Lucy Adlington: History Wardrobe
  • Anne Brooke: My Journey from A-Z and back again

30 June - 1 July 2018

Harmby Summer School

  • Janet Browne: Favourite places in Fabric & Stitch

22-24 August 2018

Wooler Late Summer School

  • Kay Greenlees: Sketchbooks
  • A N Other TBC

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