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The Important Stuff

Stay informed of all the latest updates regarding our group. From important announcements to information

about upcoming events, this is where you’ll find the most relevant articles about Newcastle Embroidery and Textile Art. 

We will also add information about other relevant exhibitions, open studios and craft fairs.

The Association of Northern Stitch Groups (ANSG) competitions and events for 2024 are:

There is a planned workshop with Heather Lewis to be held at Bowburn on Saturday 28th September.

See ANSG website for full details.

The next Association Afternoon will be held at Bowburn on Saturday 26th October 2024.

Again see the website for full details.

The ANSG AGM was held in April and the following report has been provided by the secretary:

The ANSG Annual General Meeting took place on April 27th and it was pleasing to see that all the twelve stitch groups were represented.


Following the Chairman’s report the Treasure explained the financial report that had been distributed to members in advance of the meeting. The committee were re-elected for a further year and look forward to organizing events for members.


The temporary amendment to the constitution was approved so that the three officers will step down from their post over the next three years, rather than all three stepping down together next April. After some discussion with members it was agreed that the length of tenure will be reviewed at a future committee meeting and addressed at next year’s AGM.


Following the business part of the meeting members enjoyed an illustrated talk by Elnaz Yazdani who considers herself to be an educator as well as a textile artist. She explained how she uses the medium of stitch in schools across a variety of subjects in the curriculum to encourage children of all ages to develop a love of stitched textiles. Elnaz also works with groups of all ages and ethnicity in the community and helps them to come together using a variety of stitch based projects. Her energy and enthusiasm for promoting the use of stitched and embellished textiles was most impressive.

At the end of the talk members had the opportunity to look more closely at her work and talk further with her about her ideas for keeping the art of stitch alive in the community.

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