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.

North East and Yorkshire & Humber Regions

Would you embroider a pillowcase for an art installation to be shown in an exhibition at York St Mary's in 2017?

Bethlem Pillow by Beth Hopkins, Bethlem MuseumArtist Susan Aldworth is putting on an exhibition about Sleep at York St Mary's in June 2017 called The Dark Self. One of the artworks that will be shown during the exhibition is an installation of 1001 embroidered pillowcases hung from the church ceiling, sewn by local people, community groups and schools. This project gives you a chance to be part of an exciting exhibition and to tell the world what sleep or your dreams mean to you!

Every nigiht you lay your head on a pillow - it seems when we fall asleep our minds go inside the pillow. Do you have some words or an image that might describe how you feel as you go off to sleep? You might simply embroider words like "Darkness" or "stop snoring" or you might remember an image from a dream. It is your pillowcase. It is your sleep. It is your artwork. We will provide white pillowcases, the embroidery silks in 4 colours if needed (dark blue, light blue, silver and gold - see poem) and the needles for sewing. The work needs to be finished and delivered to us by 31st March 2017. The artwork of embroidered pillowcases will be hung from the ceiling of York St Mary's from June - September 2017.

The Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths
Enwrought with golden and silver light
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams (W B Yeats)

Would you like to take part? If so contact Susan Aldworth by email:, teL: 07732 987786, website:

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.

Embroiderers' Guild South East West Regional Day

to be held on 4th june 2017 at Everest Community Academy, Oxford Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9UP. Doors open 09.30 finishing 16.30

Basingstoke Branch are pleased to be hosting this year's Regional Day for the SEW Region. The theme for the day and for the competition which everyone is encouraged to enter, will be "The Life and Times of Jane Austen" to commemorate the 200th annniversary of her death. The speakers will be the renowned Karen Nichol and Annalie Talent from the Jane Austen Society. There will be numerous traders. The cost is £25 which includes lunch. Please contact Ann Beer for further details on 01635 250527 or email

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