Landscapes and Gardens Textile Exhibition

I’ve just had a lovely day out with Skipton Embroiderers Guild. We visited Fountains Abbey where there is an exhibition of embroidery inspired by the landscapes of Capability Brown. It’s been organised in conjunction with the Embroiderers Guild and our guild were exhibiting there.

Harewood HouseCapability Brown was a landscape architect in the 18th century, he designed many of the estates surrounding grand houses in England such as Harewood House and Chatsworth House. He would change the shape of hills, make lakes, he has a classic style of undulating hills, dotted with trees with grand gardens surrounding the house. It’s his 300th birthday this year, hence the exhibition, there are embroidery exhibitions all around the country, mainly at properties he designed. Ironically he had nothing to do with the landscape of Fountains Abbey.

Fountains HallThe exhibition is in Fountains Hall which is a beautiful house built around 1600, mainly from the stone of the then ruined abbey.

There is some stunning embroidery there, made by members of the local guilds. I haven’t managed to get the names of all the artists, so apologies to those I missed. These are just a selection;

This one was my favourite, it’s of one of the temples at Fountains, I love the way she’s captured the movement in the water and the reflections of the temple.

Embroiders Guild

Jill Maloney who is our chairman embroidered ‘Impression’. It was inspired by autumn colour, just look at all those french knots, it was beautiful.

Jill Maloney

I loved this mixed media collage, I’d love to have a go at this sort of thing but I think I need to go on a workshop as I wouldn’t know where to start. The map is of the area, there’s buttons and washers stitched on as well as all the embroidery. It’s called Beaded Teasel by Stacey Tait.

Stacey Tait

This embroidery of a tower at Fountains is beautiful, it’s by someone at Harrogate Embroiderers Guild.

Fountains Abbey Embroidery

I ‘m not sure which local guild stitched this set of miniature embroideries, I could have sat for hours looking at these, they were exquisite.

Our exhibit was amazing. A photo was taken of one of the temples at Fountains Abbey, it was divided into 24 squares. Each member was given the picture of one square to stitch in what ever way they wanted. The individual embroideries were then stitched together to make a fantastic group embroidery. It amazed me how it all fits together so well.

Skipton Embroiderers Guild

After the exhibition we had a stroll found Fountains Abbey. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place. I think it was one of the biggest Cistercian Abbeys in England, it was certainly the richest. It was built in the 12th century and operated for over 400 years until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. The ruins amaze me, especially how the stone of the windows can still be intact after all this time. I love all the arches and beautiful doorways.

If you’re visiting Fountains over the summer, do remember to call into Fountains Hall.


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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3 Responses to Landscapes and Gardens Textile Exhibition

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    These are astounding – thank you! ! !
    I’m with you about wanting to know more/doing a class in the mixed media.
    Incredible talent over there!


  2. amcclure2014 says:

    Lovely I don’t remember visiting Fountains Abbey but who be sure to make a detour to visit this exhibition if it’s still on. Thank you


  3. Trisha says:

    Wow that beautiful work, so inspiring!


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