Saturday morning saw DH and I visiting our local museum to take a look at The World's Longest Embroidery and the Embroiderers' Guild travelling exhibition called Finest Stitches. Our museum is comparatively small and was closed by the local council under a cost cutting exercise. It has recently opened on a part time basis run by volunteers who have worked hard to gain full Arts Council accreditation. The Embroiderers' Guild exhibition is really exciting for the town and I hope it gets lots of support.
So, what can I show you of the exhibition?
I had a good look round the embroidery but havn't yet been able to find Emma's stitches. I'm going to go back for another look and to add my own stitches.
Alongside the longest embroidery were pieces from Regional branches of the Embroiderers' guild and from their travelling exhibition.
The displays above are from Boston and Lincolnshire branches.
The items from the travelling exhibition range from the 18th century until the present date.
Cas Holmes 'Bluebell' above.
Chanting Cloth by Julia Caprara.
The White Tulips by Audrey Walker (detail).
I was surprised and delighted to find these works by Dionne Swift whose classes I have taken both online and in real life.
Mid 20th century hand embroidered with wool threads.
A selection of postcards made to welcome the athletes of the world to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
This beautiful sampler is astonishing in the fineness of the stitches and the thread. I could never work so precisely.
Finally, Grantham is the birthplace of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. This very striking painting painted towards the end of her life caught my eye. Apparently Mrs Thatcher thought it looked a trifle fierce but the artist had an answer for her:
The painting is actually one of 5 studies painted by Lorna May Wadsworth in preparation for a much larger work. She said she wanted to paint the portrait of the Margaret Thatcher of her childhood.
If you live near enough to Grantham come and see the exhibition and have a look at our beautiful parish church while you're here. Don't forget to visit Stitchcraft Studio while you're here too. The shop has nearly doubled in size since it opened and you'll be sure of a warm welcome. They have a cafe and cake too!