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Parham House & Gardens – Needlwork Collection and upcoming events

Great Parlour NeedleworkSet in the heart of an ancient deer park below the South Downs, Parham House & Gardens is home to possibly the finest and most important collection of seventeenth century embroidery in the United Kingdom. The collection has an unparalleled selection of Stuart embroidered pictures and panels, as well as room hangings and bed hangings of the most remarkable quality.

In addition to the seventeenth century collection, representative examples of work for the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries can also be found throughout the House. The collection is complemented by the many portraits containing a wealth of needlework detail.

Parham Needlework ToursParham is hosting a series of special events and tours for needlework enthusiasts in its 2020 season. For the first time, visitors can enjoy a detailed exploration of Parham’s remarkable collection of needlework in a series of guided tours.

Back by popular demand, Parham’s Needlework on Display will also return, giving visitors an enhanced opportunity to discover Parham’s needlework collection, including a number of items not normally on view. As well as Parham’s remarkable collection of tapestries and embroideries, a number of samplers dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries will be on display. (images courtesy of Parham House & Nick McCann)

Parham will also be hosting an Embroidery Masterclass in the Great Hall, with Royal School of Needlework tutor Chrissie Juno Mann. Attendees will learn a combination of techniques in this special workshop.

For more details of upcoming events and Parham’s needlework collection please visit

Diverse Threads

Diverse Threads - Call For New Members

Founded in 2003, Diverse Threads is a textile and mixed media art group based in North Yorkshire. Members are self-motivated and committed to developing their own work under the guidance of their mentor Diane Bates. In addition to meeting nine times per year on the outskirts of York we also exhibit together. A number of members are also professional artists in their own right.

We are currently looking to recruit up to three new members for the Group. You could be an established textile or mixed media artist, but we would be equally as happy to support emerging textile artists, or someone who has not yet had much opportunity to show their work.

There are some financial implications associated with being a member to meet the costs of our meeting room and mentor. You would need to be committed to our meetings, be willing to assist in the organising and stewarding of exhibitions and activities, and to exhibiting with us at the end of 2020 and beyond.

To be considered for the group you should in the first instance, email an expression of interest to Sandra Middleton ( giving a brief outline of your experience, preferred media, qualifications and previous exhibitions if applicable. Along with your contact details, you should include up to six images of your recent work. Applications will be discussed by the Group in the early Autumn with a shortlist of candidates being invited to bring their work along to a future meeting of the Group after which any formal offers to join will then be made.

Cockpit Arts - subsidised Studio space

We are looking for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community:

  • The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society Award - This Award supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award - This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’ Awards - The Awards aim to assist makers working in knit to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award - These prestigious Awards are intended for talented makers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level.

Please see our website,, the Calls for Entries which offer more detail and for the relevant closing dates. Contact for further information and application forms.

The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery

The award-winning Sunbury Embroidery Gallery is situated in an historic 18th century Walled Garden, surrounded by parkland and a short walk from the River Thames in Lower Sunbury.

The Gallery is home to The Millenium Embroidery, which is on permanent display, and has an exhibition programme that showcases a wide variety of art from different disciplines throughout the year. It provides a valuable community and educational resource, developing a broader understanding of the local area and arts in general.

Our Café overlooks the splendid Walled Garden and is perfect place for a light lunch or an afternoon tea. The Café hand bakes all its wonderful cakes, the difficulty is choosing which one to have!

The Gallery shop stocks a selection of gifts and mementos to buy including wooden puzzles and childrens' canvas colouring bags.

The Sunbury Millennium Embroidery is a permanent, commemorative record which celebrates the ancient riverside village of Sunbury-on-Thames and its community. In essence the idea was to create something that was expressive of a community in the year 2000 and include as many people as possible in its creation. Designed by John Stamp from an original idea by David Brown the embroidery involvde over 140 people in its making.

The Embroidery is composed of a number of separate parts, including a Village Panel,local scenes, and embroideries of birds, plants and wildlife.

The Embroidery is on display all year round at its purpose-built gallery

The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, Middx TW16 6AB.

Opening times and further information plus other events taking place at the gallery are available from their website

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