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‘Holy Stitches’ Exhibition

Exquisite embroidery from the collection of Dr. Guy Churchman.

Thursday, May 25 – Thursday, June 8, 2017

10.00am – 4.00pm daily

10.00am – 8.00pm Wednesdays


Collectors are rarely as generous as Dr. Guy Churchman, whose significant collection of embroidered ecclesiastical vestments will be on display at The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, for two weeks from 25 May, 2017.  HOLY STITCHES provides a rare opportunity to appreciate the rich materials, the artistic and skillful embroidering of religiously symbolic motifs used for centuries to embellish ecclesiastical garments and accoutrements.

But HOLY STITCHES is more than an exhibition of fine, antique needlework; it is a celebration of a long-standing partnership between Dr Churchman and members of the Guild’s Ceremonial Group.  Textiles are fragile, subject to storage abuse and deteriorate with wear and age; and so Dr. Churchman turned to The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, to repair and preserve some of the pieces he has collected over the past 20 years.

Under the leadership of longtime Guild member Norma Bain, a team of embroiderers has worked on many items in the exhibition; restoring and preserving the integrity of the piece by stabilising the background fabric, re-working motifs that have worn away, or reattaching loose braids and edgings.  Dr. Churchman has become a frequent visitor to Embroidery House in Wattletree Road, clutching another box of pieces needing the expert attention of Norma and her team.

Dr. Churchman and Norma Bain will be guest speakers at a pre-exhibition Lecture on Wednesday 17 May, 6.30pm for 7 pm at Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern.  Entry fee $5.00

See the work of repairing and conserving historical textiles.  11am – 3pm May 26, 28, 30, June 1, 3, 5 and 7.

$7 members, $10 non-members
Free admittance for children under 12 and for carers with carer card in the company of their client.

For further discussion on contemporary ecclesiastical embroidery, view this interview with Helen Richman. Helen was interviewed in March 2017 by EGV member Deborah Blakeley and the interview was featured on the Facebook page of the UK’s  Royal School of Needlework.

For HOLY STITCHES exhibition dates and opening times, classes and associated demonstrations, please check this website or contact 03 9509 2222.

An A4 poster advertising the Holy Stitches exhibition and Lecture is available on request from the Guild office for anyone who would like one/some to display on noticeboards, shop windows, etc.



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