National Celebration of Stitch 2018

The theme for 2018 will be "Hearts" . The date of 2018 will remain the first Saturday in August however some branches may chose a different day to respond to local events. More information about individual events will be released nearer August 2018.

National Celebration of Stitch 2017

Saturday 5th August 2017 (or around that date!)

Butterfly 1The National Day of Stitch took place again this year - many of our branches were keen to show the public what they do and how textiles and embroidery has evolved - and to keep the craft alive and kicking.

Butterfly 2The theme this year was butterflies (although not mandatory!) - groups of members showed off their skills in libraries, parks, coffee shops - all sorts of venues up and down the country. We want to encourage others to join our branches where they will find a friendly welcome and the company of like-minded people.

You do not have to be an expert to join! You may be forgiven for thinking that if it is called a 'Guild' it is stuffy, exclusive and you would not qualify. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone is welcome at whatever level - from beginners to the very experienced.

Here are some of the events that took place:

National Stitch Day - Bristol

The Bristol Branch were pleased to return to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for National Stitch Day this year. On the theme of "Birds" we had a display of members' bird related textile pieces as well as offering stitched items for sale and various activities to engage the museum visitors. Over 50 visitors joined us to stitch either a bird mask, decoration, brooch or keyring/bag charm - we also catered for a boy who wanted to stitch a crocodile instead!

Bristol Branch at Bristol Museum

National Stitch Day - Skipton

Skipton branch joined forces with Craven Museum and Gallery to host an all-age workshop on Saturday 5th August at Skipton Town Hall. The museum lent us some of their collection of butterflies to inspire our visitors and we were dazzled by the colours and patterns found in the natural world. We had lots of visitors but 17 stayed to stitch with us of which 7 were children. 8 Guild members helped. The finished pieces were placed in a giant butterfly net. The workshop was so enjoyable that we intend to repeat it at Yarndale 23-24th September 2017! (permission given by parents for image)

Selena makes a butterfly

National Stitch Day - Scunthorpe - We had two venues!

Scunthorpe now has a beautifully renovated Visual Arts centre for exhibitions and workshops relating to all art and craft activities so we took over a large, well-lit room adjoined to the cafe' (this was a bonus!). We used the leaves made at last year's stitch day and asked visitors to stitch a butterfly for each leaf. By the end of the day we had twelve of them displayed on a willow wigwam (a gift to our branch from a speaker) and a lovely piece of work to show in our 21st birthday exhibition, planned for 2018. We had butterfly7 pieces from our members on display and there was a lot of public interest throughout the day. Everyone agreed that it was a great way to spend a Saturday but that's not all - our Chair Ruth Neller ventured out alone to spread the word in Gainsborough and had a most productive time at two venues over the day. (Sandra Frost)

Scunthorpe ladies stitching butterflies

National Stitch Day - Lichfield

Lichfield Embroiderers' Guild celebrated a very successful Stitch Day with a stand in the entrance of the Lichfield Tesco Store. Members manning the stall took advantage of the excellent venue to promote the Guild and stitching to the public both young and little more mature. A positive response was received which we hope will result in new members joining the Guild. Card kits made by members depicting butterflies were available for purchase accompanied by many examples of completed stitched butterflies.

Lichfield National Stitch Day

National Stitch Day - Strathendrick

Strathendrick held two "Stitch in Public" Places - the first was working with Malcolm Lochhead on a hanging for the Vale of Leven Hosptial, held at Ha'penny Bridge House and the second was the Killearn Cottagers Horticultural Show to produce their banner of a Sunflower.

Strathendrick members with Malcolm Lochhead

National Stitch Day - York Branch

York Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild held their National Stitch Day at their meeting place in the Folk Hall at New Earswick.

Members of York Branch enjoying their National Stitch Day

National Stitch Day - Cumberland Branch

For quite a few years, long before the start of National Stitch Day, Cumberland branch has taken a stall at a local agricultural show in Dalston near Carlisle. As it usually falls in early August near to National Stitch Day, we have continued to use this as one of our contributions to publicising the Guild, our branch, embroidery and textiles in general. Over the years many of our members have manned the stall, demonstrated their skills, entered and won competitions for embroidery at the show and spoken to many hundreds of people. The branch has also donated a cup to be awarded in our name to the winner of the most points in the embroidery categories at the Show.

This year was no different - we had a great day. The sun shone most of the time and there was an almost record crowd. We spoke to many people - some just interested in and admiring of the work on display and others who wanted to know more about the branch and our activities. We handed out flyers with our contact details and branch info as well as those advertising the guild nationally and we hope that some of these will bear fruit over the year with more people joining our branch.

Cumberland Branch display

National Stitch Day - Grassington

Grassington Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild were in Annie & Betty's Vintage Cafe in Grassington - lots of people coming into the cafe were interested in what we were doing! (Chris Mitchell)

Grassington branch at Annie & Betty's

National Stitch Day - Ryedale

Ryedale branch booked a small exhbition space for two weeks in the main library in Scarborough - many programmes and flyers were picked up by visitors so they are hoping for some new members at the Ryedale branch

EG Ryedale display

National Stitch Day - Frome

Frome and District celebrated National Stitch Day by having a table in the Cafe at the Cheese and Grain live entertainment, market and festival venue. Members took turns at hourly intervals to host the table with a variety of stitch and textile work from each. Whilst there wasn't a vast amount of interest from the general public (there were no other events at the venue) we did receive a lot of interested visitors at our July Embroiderers' Guild meeting. The Frome Festival takes place in early July and we hold an open meeting where some members demonstrate a particular section of the craft, we have an exhibition of members work, and a few "join in" tables, where our visitors can have a go. This year on offer was pattern darning, hand stitchin and how to sew a new stitch-thorn stitch. Some of our Young Embroiderers came along to this meeting, and had fun adding to their stitch knowledge. It is a very busy, buzzing, fun, worthwhile meeting, one that we have enjoyed for several years now, and one we hope to continue in the future.

The Cheese and Grain

National Stitch Day - Harrogate

The Harrogate Branch worked together with the local library in order to celebrate National Stitch Day 2017. We were given a very warm welcome from the start, and the library staff's suggestions for the organisation of the day were most appreciated. They offered to print posters and invited us to their craft morning prior to the event in order to publicise the event.

On the day noticeboards and tables were provided and a collection of books on butterflies was laid out for us. We embraced the theme of butterflies putting up a display of members' butterfly pictures and stencilled images were made available for members of the public to stitch. We provided butterfly buns for stitchers as an added incentive! Several members of the public did some stitching or expressed an interest in what we were doing and some contacted us again after the event to enquire about our meetings. Soon after the day we were contacted again by the library staff, inviting us to run a similar event for Family Learning Week in October so we are now planning a day making Christmas gift Tags.

We are hoping this will become an on-going partnership with the library.

Harrogate Library

National Stitch Day - Pendle Branch

Display by PendleNorth West National Stitch Day

Pendle branch spent a very enjoyable four hours at Towneley Hall on 5th August. The Hall is set in formal gardens with extensive acreage surrounding which includes a golf course, garden centre, cafe and children's play area which attracts the public all year round. The Hall is excellent for our needs and we are always warmly welcomed.

National Stitch Day Derbyshire

Derbyshire Branch

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