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

Petworth Plant Hunters Summer Trail

Wed 17 Jul 2019
10:00-17:00
Go on a journey around the Pleasure Ground and discover more about the trees and plants that call Petworth home. There's change happening at Petworth to remodel the gardens back to how they once were and we need your help.

Wings and Whiskers Trail

Wed 17 Jul 2019
11:00-17:00
Go on a trail both indoors and out and meet some of the animals of Petworth. From the deer to the bats and even the animals immortalised in art, can you find them all?

Life Below Stairs Guided Tour

Wed 17 Jul 2019
11:30-14:00
Find out more about servant working life on one of these free 45-minute guided tours. See spaces in the Servants' Quarters not normally open to the public and discover some of the tasks and chores and people that worked at Petworth.

The Story of Petworth Guided Tour

Wed 17 Jul 2019
12:30-14:30
Join a 45 minute guided tour of Petworth House and discover more about the people who lived at Petworth and the times they lived in, told through the art they collected.

Perseids Meteor Shower and Nocturnal Wildlife Guided Walk

Mon 12 Aug 2019
20:00-22:00
Bring along your torch and blanket and visit the Deer Park at night discovering some of the nocturnal wildlife of the Deer Park and try out a bit of star gazing.

Unlocking Petworth

Wed 14 Aug 2019
10:00-17:00
Take a peek inside the Cambridge Bedroom, Stone Hall and Chamber Landing in the private apartments of Petworth House.