20th June 2016

To celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, this year the Embroiderers’ Guild are staging exhibitions at forty-three venues across the country. As part of their celebrations, this June we were delighted to welcome the Richmond & Leyburn and Darlington branches of the Guild to The Garden Rooms for their first major exhibition.

Our local branches created an inspiring array of colours, textures and techniques; from intricate cross-stitch to painterly applique and hand-embroidery the variety of work on view was fascinating. Particularly admired were the group pieces from the Richmond & Leyburn branch, in which each member had contributed a square to form collages inspired by Ripley Castle gardens.

There was a constant stream of visitors throughout the exhibition, many of whom left inspired to pick up a needle. The high level of technical and artistic ability of this talented group of needlewomen was admired by all.

Visitor comments:

Norma & Haydn, Sedgefield: ‘Wonderful! Amazing! Words are not enough!’

Victoria, Co.Durham: ‘To say ‘well done’ is quite inadequate. This exhibition has a real wow factor, talent well presented – and totally at home in this wonderful Art Gallery’

Stella, Catterick: ‘Breath taking, and inspiring – going home to get my needles working again!’

Ruth, Lincolnshire: ‘Beautiful work, excellent presentation. Inspiring and humbling. Embroidery as art’

Sheila, Forcett: ‘One word on the embroidery exhibition – STUNNING!’

Suzanne & Jenny, Hawes: ‘Very inspirational, some talented artists in the Dales’

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