The Embroiderers’ Guild celebrating Capability Brown

The Embroiderers Guild exhibition at Petworth House

Inspired by Petworth Park’s Capability Brown landscape, local Embroiderers’ Guilds have come together to present an innovative exhibition of beautiful textiles.

Please be aware this exhibition has now ended but please visit our website for more information on our next major exhibition.

By using techniques such as mixed media, felting, machine and hand stitching, these unique and high quality pieces of textile art will challenge the idea of traditional embroidery.

This exhibition is the first of its kind, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great landscape gardener Capability Brown. The exhibition brings together 10 local Embroiderers’ Guilds from Chichester, Worthing, Horsham and Dorking, including two Young Embroiderers groups.

Enjoy viewing works inspired by the the landscape at Petworth. Work by Barbara Overall
Enjoy viewing works inspired by the the landscape at Petworth
Enjoy viewing works inspired by the the landscape at Petworth. Work by Barbara Overall

Several members have chosen to interpret Petworth Park, whilst others have taken inspiration from the ancient trees, woodlands and animals that are associated with the surrounding Sussex countryside.

“Stitching these days is no longer 'what my granny did with tea trays' but shows a huge range of artistic possibilities all of which we hope will appeal, says Amanda Blunden from the Embroiderers’ Guild.

All the works have been hand stitched using a variety of techniques. Work by Liz Ellis
All the works have been hand stitched using a variety of techniques
All the works have been hand stitched using a variety of techniques. Work by Liz Ellis

The exhibition is open from Sat 19 Mar – Sun 4 Sept, 11am - 4.30pm at Petworth House and is just one of the exhibitions taking place as part of the national Capability Brown Festival. For more information, please see https://embroiderersguild.com and http://www.capabilitybrown.org/

Upcoming events

Watercolour Landscape Painting in the Park

Fri 20 May 2022
10:30-13:30
Celebrate the great outdoors with a watercolour landscape class in Petworth Park. We will be learning in the landscape to create a seasonal Plein air painting, drawing inspiration from the light and its changing, ephemeral qualities.

'We the People' exhibition

Mon 30 May 2022
10:00-17:00
See this touring exhibition celebrating volunteers on its first stop at Petworth

Lantern Making

Tue 31 May 2022
10:30-13:00
A community lantern-making workshop, led by a local artist to create beautiful lanterns to be used in the Carnival of Lights - one of the highlights of Culture Spark 2022.

Drawing and Painting Trees in Petworth Park

Fri 03 Jun 2022
10:30-15:30
Spend a day drawing and using watercolours inspired by the magnificent trees in Petworth Park.

Volunteer Recruitment Afternoon at Petworth

Tue 07 Jun 2022
14:00-16:00
Learn all about volunteering opportunities at Petworth and discover the House and grounds

Photography - Architecture

Wed 08 Jun 2022
10:30-15:30
Be inspired and build up your photography skills in the beautiful Park and Gardens at Petworth.