The Beautiful Stitch

Wed 25 Jul 2018 - Tue 31 Dec 2019
Price: Entry by donation

Please note that the exhibition is not available to visit at times when the main Art Gallery exhibition is changed over which are:

9 December to 14 December 2018
20 January to 1 February 2019.

Outside these dates the exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday. If you are planning a visit, please call to check times.

The Embroiderers’ Guild was formed in 1906 with the aim of raising technical and design standards in British embroidery. It did this by collecting examples of old and foreign stitch work which Guild members could use to inspire and inform their own practice. Today the Guild’s collection numbers several thousand items – ranging from small stitched fragments to large hangings – and is considered a nationally important collection of world costume and textiles. In 2016, the Embroiderers’ Guild moved its collection to Bucks County Museum on long-term loan. Since then, Museum staff and volunteers have been busy behind the scenes preparing the collection so that it may be made fully accessible for the public to enjoy: through exhibitions, an online database, stores tours and more.

This exhibition, The Beautiful Stitch, is an exciting step towards achieving that goal. On display are highlights from the Guild’s collection focusing on the diverse and ever-changing nature of embroidery across time and place. Included are some of the very finest pieces of historical and contemporary embroidery: from Chinese shoes to Native American gloves, from 17th century goldwork to 21st century artwork.

Whether or not you are a ‘stitcher’, it is hoped that this exhibition fulfils a founding ethos of the Embroiderers’ Guild – that its collection may be used to inspire and inform.