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

Prized Possessions - Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses

Sat 23 Mar 2019
10:30-15:15
Prized Possessions celebrates the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings and explores how and why this style of Art was desired, commissioned and displayed.

Mother's Day craft

Sat 30 Mar 2019
11:00-15:00
Drop in and make a gift for mum and finish it off in a personalised frame while mum relaxes with tea and biscuits.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Sat 06 Apr 2019
11:00-16:00
Bunny’s friends have gone missing. Map open, compass in hand and ready to count paces, find Bunny’s friends to earn your chocolate reward.

Unlocking Petworth

Mon 22 Apr 2019
10:00-17:00
Take a peek inside the Cambridge Bedroom, Stone Hall and Chamber Landing in the private apartments of Petworth House.

Wings and Whiskers Trail

Sat 04 May 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 Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Fri 10 May 2019
11:00-20:00
The Antiques and Fine Art Fair is back for a fifth year year in the grounds of Petworth Park.