Throughout February a selection of exhibits from some of the world’s leading examples of embroidery will be on display in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. The Beautiful Stitch is made up of over 50 exhibits which have been handpicked from the Embroiderers’ Guild collection to show embroidery at its very best and, in some cases, its most peculiar, art form.
All of the exhibits have either been donated to, or purchased by, the Embroiderers’ Guild for preservation and archive purposes. Some of the most visually striking include a 200 year old Matador’s Jacket in purple velvet decorated in silver thread and made in Spain. Other interesting works includes a late 19thcentury Dragon Robe from China which would have been worn by a high-ranking mandarin. The blue silk fabric is hand embroidered with nine dragons, red bats and crane medallions.
Over 150 people attended the preview with representatives from the Embroiderers’ Guild including their Executive Chair, Muriel Campbell, who was felt the chosen venue could not have been more appropriate. “The Guild is delighted to be able to bring valued items from its collection of embroideries and textile art to be seen by the public and have them exhibited in the magnificent surroundings of Ely Cathedral”.
In addition to the main collection the exhibition also includes interesting examples of embroidery from the Cathedral’s own collection. Amongst them a 15th century Mediaeval Cope which is one of the best examples of its time and rarely on public display.
King’s Ely, which has an excellent reputation for Art and Textiles, are also participating in the exhibition with a striking display of samples of coursework produced by GCSE and A Level students.
The Beautiful Stitch runs from 5th – 28th February. Access to the Exhibition is included in the standard entry fee to the Cathedral. For further information visit www.elycathedral.org
Further information about the Embroiderers’ Guild can be found at www.embroiderersguild.com