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Stories in Stitch

May 18 - September 29

This is an extraordinary exhibition showcasing a diverse collection of samplers and embroidered pictures from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The exclusive display brings together various styles of stitching, many of which have never been seen before, offering a rare glimpse into the evolution and popularity of domestic embroidery in Britain.

You will be enchanted by items from The Bowes Museum’s collection, some retrieved from storage after decades, complemented by loans from private collections. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the intricate skills and techniques of both amateur and professional makers, including the remarkable work of Mary Linwood. Known for her ‘needle paintings’ that mimic the brush strokes of Old Masters like Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, Linwood’s work highlights the artistic potential of embroidery.

Additionally, the exhibition features the award-winning creations of local artist Dorothy Ann French, whose embroidered pictures reflect the rich cultural heritage of the North East of England. French’s connection to the Bowes family and her success in various craft competitions in the 1890s add a personal touch to the display.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the social and historical significance of needlework and uncover the stories expressed in stitches at The Bowes Museum.


May 18
September 29


The Bowes Museum

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