Embroidery display has Woodhorn Museum in stitches

Embroiderers have brought a new and feminine touch to old buildings once part of the male-dominated world of coal mining

Woodhorn Museum in Ashington
Woodhorn Museum in Ashington

Embroiderers have brought a new and feminine touch to old buildings once part of the male-dominated world of coal mining.

Delicate pieces of embroidery have gone on display to visitors in the buildings at the former Woodhorn Colliery near Ashington.

 Inspired by the fabric of the colliery, and the emotions and events of a traditional mining community, the artwork has  been created by members of embroidery group Stitch in 9.

Twenty pieces  have been installed around the Woodhorn Museum buildings, creating a unique embroidery trail. The exhibition includes individual works inspired by the mineworkers’ tallies, the landscape of reclaimed mining areas, and the banners, pigeons, winding cables and disasters which featured strongly in the pit community’s history.

One celebrating the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, was a team effort, with each group member creating different elements which were then brought together to make a spread. Stitch in 9 members are from all parts of the North East,” said group secretary Ruth Richardson. “We have embroiders from north of the Tyne down to Durham. We first came together nine years ago and since then we’ve staged a number of exhibitions in venues from gardens to theatres. Woodhorn asked if we could produce something specific to the site and it has taken  18 months to plan and produce the exhibition.”

A  trail leaflet is available from the Woodhorn welcome desk. The exhibition will be in place until Monday, September 2.

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