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

Wings and Whiskers Trail

Thu 17 Oct 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?

The Story of Petworth Guided Tour

Thu 17 Oct 2019
11:30-14:30
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.

Autumn Trail

Sat 26 Oct 2019
10:00-16:00
One of our young bats is throwing a spooky party for the creatures that live at Petworth but he can’t find any of them. Can you help?

Spot the Pumpkins

Sat 26 Oct 2019
10:00-16:00
It’s autumn and pumpkins have been seen sprouting up in the strangest of place inside Petworth House, can you help us find them? This event is free, normal admission charges apply.

Halloween Crafts ‘Make Your Own Bat Box’

Tue 29 Oct 2019
11:00-16:00
Come to one of our Autumn craft sessions and build and decorate your very own bat box to take away and hang in your garden.

Christmas before Turkey and Tinsel

Sat 07 Dec 2019
10:00-15:30
Celebrate the festive season in traditional Georgian style with selected rooms of the House and Servants' Quarters dressed for a Christmas before turkey and tinsel.