Stitchers return to Garden Rooms at Tennants

An embroidered sampler by Anne Curzon.

Members of the Richmond and Leyburn Creative Stitchers are to exhibit at the Garden Rooms at Tennants.

It will be the crafters’, who used to form the Richmond and Leyburn branch of the Embroiderers Guild, third exhibition at the Leyburn venue.

The stitchers are inviting visitors to ‘Rethink the Sampler’, a genre of embroidery deeply rooted in history that has undergone many revivals and is still being reinterpreted today.

The stitchers will explore both traditional and contemporary samplers with a wide variety of intricate pieces.

The exhibition will also include a display of antique samplers, which have been loaned from private collections or are awaiting sale at Tennants Auctioneers.

Samplers were originally produced as a practical way for girls to practice the needlework skills they would need in their role running the home.

Over the years they evolved into intricate, decorative pieces often far exceeding their practical origins, and eventually became the much-loved cross-stitch sampler still made today.

The exhibition runs from April 27 to May 15.

It is free to enter and will be open daily from 9am to 5pm.


On Saturday April 30 and Friday, May 6, members will be holding stitch days at Tennants.

They will be sitting and stitching in the exhibition, to talk to visitors about their work.

They will also have materials available for you to try your hand at embroidery.

The days are free to attend and no pre-booking is needed.

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