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.

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

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

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 and

Upcoming events

A Winter's Trail

Fri 19 Jan 2018
Wrap up warm this season exploring the Pleasure Grounds and discover what winter means to Petworth as a family.

William Blake in Sussex: Visions of Albion

Fri 19 Jan 2018
Celebrating Blake's three years in Sussex, the only place outside of London where he ever lived, this unique exhibition features over 50 loans from such prestigious collections as the British Museum, V&A and Tate.

Treasuring Petworth Tours

Fri 19 Jan 2018
TICKETS ARE LIMITED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. Book on arrival and join a free 45 minute guided tour of selected rooms of the house during the winter clean and discover some of Petworth's treasures.

Visit William Blake's cottage in Felpham

Tue 23 Jan 2018
Book your timed entry ticket to visit William Blake's grade II* listed cottage in Felpham, 20 miles from Petworth. Discover how this 17th century building, constructed in the Sussex style of brick and flint has developed over four centuries.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Bunny's been busy making mud pies, digging holes and planting seeds. Help her find out the best way to grow a perfect garden. Complete the trail and win a chocolate prize.