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The Needles Excellency:

An exhibition of raised work by students of Ornamental Embroidery, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 25 April - 4 June 2017

Casket panel, designed by Nicola Jarvis and stitched by Jane Bawn. Photo: David Gowers 

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford is hosting an exhibition of contemporary raised work by students of Ornamental Embroidery. The display, which comprises fifteen raised or stump work caskets and one flat panel worked in a variety of silk and metallic threads and novelty items on a Duchess silk satin ground, is inspired by the Museum’s collection of seventeenth-century English embroideries, including objects from the internationally renowned Mallett and Feller collections. In addition to using traditional historical motifs, the objects on display have been designed specially by Nicola Jarvis to reflect the makers’ taste, including family homes and pets, favourite flowers, plants and insects, while retaining the spirit of the exemplars that have inspired them. http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/

 Mounting finished panels on caskets specially made by the Museum's cabinetmakers, January 2017

To celebrate the exhibition, the Ashmolean is also running two one-hour study sessions examining panels from the Mallett and Feller collections on Friday, 26 May 2017 and a one-day symposium on Saturday, 27 May 2017 exploring the Museum’s holdings of Stuart needlework and the revival of interest among contemporary stitchers in the three-dimensional art of raised work embroidery. Speakers include Dr Mary Brooks (author of English Embroideries of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries in the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, 2004, and co-author of Michéal & Elizabeth Feller The Needlework Collection, vol. 1, 2011), Jacqui Carey (author of Elizabethan Stitches: A Guide to Historic English Needlework, 2012), Sue Stanton (textile conservator at the Ashmolean), Nicola Jarvis and Lynn Hulse.

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH, UK, open 10.00 – 17.00, Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. For more information and to book online for the study sessions and symposium, see http://www.ashmolean.org/events/Lectures/?id=132

Casket panel detail, designed by Nicola Jarvis and stitched by Karen Goldie-Morrison. Photo: David Gowers

To find out more about the exhibition, read the article published in the current issue of Inspirations Magazine, vol. 94, pp. 16-17. 

Casket lid, designed and embroidered by Nicola Jarvis. Photo: David Gowers

Casket panel, designed by Nicola Jarvis and stitched by Marilyn Chalke. Photo: David Gowers