A fascinating selection of colourful, complex and intricate embroidery is now on display in the State Rooms of Lydiard House.
The pieces have been specially created by members of the Great Western Embroiderers.
The artists exhibiting work have explored topics including English gardens – taking inspiration from Lydiard Park’s walled garden- experiences of family life, traditions from other cultures, and subjects such as the natural world which have always been used as inspiration for stitching and textiles.
The Great Western Embroiderers’ work is on display alongside the unique collection of furniture and furnishings belonging to the St John family at Lydiard House until Sunday, 10 June. Normal admission charges to the house apply.
There is a quiz trail for children to find a number of peg dolls, which have also been made by the Great Western Embroiderers based on characters from traditional children’s stories and nursery rhymes, including Little Red Riding Hood and Jack & Jill.
Margaret Robbie, amember of the Great Western Embroiderers, said: “We’re delighted to be exhibiting our work at Lydiard House this spring. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our members to share their love of stitching and textiles with a wider audience.
“We hope visitors will enjoy the varied techniques and styles of work, which include examples of traditional skills such as patchwork, blackwork, cross stitch, stumpwork and counted thread work.
“You will also see work using traditional stitches or techniques in new ways and even some pieces, which seem to break entirely with tradition in order to explore new ways of working.”
Sophie Cummings, Collections Manager at Lydiard House said: “This special display of new embroidery pieces will look stunning and children will enjoy hunting for the peg dolls. Works will be shown alongside our permanent collections in the State Rooms. We are lucky to have many fine examples of needlepoint from the intricate panel features on the covers of the state bed to Victorian tapestries.”
Cllr Garry Perkins, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and the Cabinet Member responsible for Lydiard Park, said: “’Traditions’ is part of a changing programme of displays in Lydiard House, offering visitors something new to enjoy and appreciate as they tour around Lydiard House. I’m pleased that we can display these beautiful and intricate embroidery pieces, created by local artists, alongside our unique collection of fine furniture, furnishing, porcelain, silverware and portraits.”
Lydiard House and the Georgian walled garden is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Tickets cost £4.50 for adults, £4 for senior and £2.25 for juniors. Under 5s go free and family tickets are available, with additional discounts on offer for Swindon Card holders. Separate tickets to the house and garden are also available.