Exhibition is inspired by the mining community

Ladies putting the finishing touches to a 'Miners' Picnic' display for the Stitch in 9 exhibition at Woodhorn.
Ladies putting the finishing touches to a 'Miners' Picnic' display for the Stitch in 9 exhibition at Woodhorn.

Former colliery buildings are not the normal location for an embroidery exhibition, but over the summer, delicate works of art will be on display in some of the old buildings at Woodhorn.

Inspired by the fabric of the former colliery buildings, the emotions and events of a mining community, members of north east embroidery group Stitch in 9 have created 20 beautiful pieces of work which have been installed around the Northumberland museum.

Together the embroideries create a unique trail which is both beautiful and touching.

The exhibition includes individual works inspired by the miners’ tallies, the landscape of a reclaimed mining area, the banners, pigeons, winding cables and of course, working underground and the disasters.

Reflecting the nature of the event itself, the piece celebrating the Miners’ Picnic was a community effort with each member creating elements of the work which were then brought together to make a wonderful picnic spread: an embroidered cloth is covered with crafted pies and cakes, a teapot, even delicate cups and saucers.

“Stitch in 9 members are from all parts of the north east,” explained group secretary Ruth Richardson.

“We have embroiders from north of the Tyne down to Durham.

“We first came together nine years ago when we met on a City and Guilds Embroidery and Design course, and since then we’ve mounted a number of exhibitions in venues from gardens to theatres.

“Woodhorn asked if we could produce something specific to the site, so this exhibition has taken 18 months to plan and produce the artworks on display.”

A trail leaflet with details of the artist, inspiration and location, can be picked up at the museum’s welcome desk.

The exhibition will be in place until Monday, September 2.