September 27th, 2016

Embroiderers honour Capability Brown 300th

Updated: 2:28 pm, Apr 22, 2016

CROOME is hosting an embroidery exhibition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of its parkland designer’s birth.

The National Trust site, near Pershore, is displaying more than 40 pieces of textile art in its Temple Greenhouse until Sunday, October 30, to mark the birth of famous landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Croome was Mr Brown’s major solo commission in 1751 by the 6th Earl of Coventry and all the embroidery exhibits have been inspired by the plants he used to design the park.

The National Trust and the Worcester and Cotswold Embroiderers’ Guilds joined together to create the exhibition in the hope of building awareness of stitch and textile art.

Jacky Shail, the Worcester Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition co-ordinator said:

“We have an 80 strong membership and were keen to take up the challenge when asked to take part in this nationwide partnership.

“A visit to Croome last August inspired many of us to research and design work for this exhibition using a variety of stitch techniques.

“We’re also planning to have ‘stitch’ activity days which will be a great way to meet visitors and talk to them about the different techniques used to create the pieces of work in the exhibition.”

Katherine Alker, Croome’s garden and park manager said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this display of embroidery which has been inspired by the trees and shrubs Mr Brown planted.

“The Temple Greenhouse is in the heart of Croome’s parkland and is the perfect setting to display the exhibition.”

The stitch activity days will take place on June 3, 4 and 5 and will cost £1 per person, where adults and children can create their own book mark.

Croome’s park and lakeside are open from 10am to 5.30pm and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4.30pm every day.

Call the National Trust site on 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome for ore information.

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