Regional News

The 11 regions of the Guild post their news here. You may also find information on exhibitions and regional events in the 'Events Listings' also in this section of the site.

Eastern Region Branches of the Embroiderers' Guild and a Guinness World Record

Making puffs Stringing the Puffs
Making Suffolk Puffs Stringing Puffs together

In conjunction with the Museum of East Anglian Life and four branches from the Eastern Region - Suffolk East, Suffolk West, Colne & Colchester, and Waveney - an exhibition was held at the museum in Stowmarket. Running alongside all summer was a project for a Giant Caterpillar made from Suffolk Puffs, organised by Sue Cranwell, Madelaine Nightingale and Linda Elmy, hoping to make the Guiness Book of Records for the longest Suffolk Puff Caterpillar. Workshops were run during the summer schools, and the Women's Institute, craft and sewing groups as well as the branches attended.

The verification took place on Monday 23rd October and two independent witnesses counted the puffs and a professional architect measured the length. It was photographed and video recorded. The verification took place in Abbots Hall Barn and the caterpillar was three and a half lengths of the barn - 90 metres 38cm long. Counting the puffs took just under two hours and there were 864 puffs!

The branches are now awaiting the verification from the Guinness Book of Records and the caterpillar will be on display at the museum next season.

Getting Ready for puff count Suffolk Puff World Record Day
Getting ready for the count Suffolk Puff World Record Day

Calling all Programme Secretaries in the North East and Yorkshire & Humber Regions

Helen Barnes is an art and textiles teacher who has travelled extensively and she has developed a range of workshops which members of our North East and Yorkshire & Humber Regions may be interested in.

The workshops she is offering are:

Starting from Home

Embroider with the Brontes and Vintage (40s/50s) Embroidery

Around the World

Peruvian knot stitch and Vietnamese textiles

Contemporary Artwork

Rag paper collage and stiitch

Each workshop begins with a short talk on the subject including looking at examples of work from the chosen area. Demonstrations will be carried out to compliment individual help and tuition (maximum group size 15). The workshops can be adapted to half or full days and all abilities can be catered for. Please contact Helen for details of costs and to discuss bookings and any other requirements.

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