Embroidery Exhibition Belgium
A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by one of my blog readers to promote an embroidery exhibition in Belgium. As I knew nothing about this particular embroidery group, I asked for some more information. My questions were kindly answered by Marie-Louise Draelants, chair of 't Vingershoedskruid. This embroidery group from Belgium was established more than 20 years ago and specialises in high-quality hand-embroidery.
This particular exhibition is their 13th! They'll display embroidery pieces in a wide-range of techniques like: Schwalm, pulled thread, silk shading, cross-stitch, stitchery, temari and needle lace. The embroideries are either framed or turned into cushions, boxes, table cloths, clutch bags, pin cushions and the like. There will be more than 100 pieces on display attracting visitors from all parts of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Great-Britain and Germany.
The above works were stitched by Marie-Louise herself. The first piece is a creative take on the popular Sudoku. The second piece was inspired by a poster featuring a quilt by Calico House in Antwerp. Marie-Louise used DMC stranded cotton, stranded cotton by Threadworx, Weeks Dye Works and art silks. The third picture shows work in progress on a design by Anne Pearson.
Besides being able to admire the many embroidered pieces on display, the members of 't Vingerhoedskruid give embroidery demonstrations during the day. Due to my workload, I won't be able to visit this exhibition myself. However, I do think it is an excellent opportunity to see high-quality contemporary embroidery and to meet up with like-minded people.
P.S.: for those of you based nearer to me, my Celtic knot goldwork piece is on display in Oberammergau, Dorfstraße 20!
Yes, Catherine, it is a bit too far for me too!
Prachtige en zeer interessante blog ! Bravo voor de aankondiging van onze tentoonstelling in Wijnegem in België. Ik ben lid van 't Vingerhoedskruid en stel ook mijn handwerken daar ten toon.
Dank je wel, Julia! En heel veel succes met de tentoonstelling.
I would like to send you images of a WW1 white work embroidery I own.
I am looking for someone to repair the needlepoint upholstery on a Louis XV chair which came from my grandparents' home in Brussels, Belgium. It was created sometime between the two world wars and may have been a product of one of the guilds my grandfather encouraged as part of the Commission for Relief in Belgium which kept many Belgians from starving and began the restoration of the Belgian economy after WWI.
This kind of restoration work is undertaken by the studio of the Royal School of Needlework in London: https://royal-needlework.org.uk/embroidery-studio/conservation-restoration/ Alternatively, you could try Cocon in Belgium: https://coconservation.be/
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