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.

West Country Quilt ShowEmbroiderers' Guild South West Region - Seaside Competition

The South West Region of the Embroiderers' Guild will be taking a stand at the West Country Quilt & Textile Show from Thursday 29th August to Saturday 31st August 2019.

We are taking the opportunity to organise a competition for the whole region. The entries will be shown on the stand and members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite piece. The competition is open to all members of the Embroiderers' Guild who live in the South West Region.

The theme is SEASIDE and entrants may interpret the theme as they wish.

Aurifil LogoThe competition is sponsored by Aurifil and the prizes are as follows:

1st Prize - 12 large spools of Aurifil threads, valued at £100

2nd & 3rd Prizes - 10 small spools of Aurifil threads, valued at £33

Completed pieces can be posted or delivered to members of the Regional Committee by 28th August or delivered to the show on Wednesday 28th August 2019.

If you wish to take part please email by 14th July. More submission information will be sent to participants during July.

We do hope you take part in this project.

Julie, Penny and Judith


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

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