The Needle's Art

A decorative crest embroidered in black on a grey canvas
DISPLAY

The Needle’s Art: Contemporary work by students and tutors of Ornamental Embroidery

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   20 November 2021 – 30 January 2022 

 Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
Proscholium, Old Bodleian Library

 Free admission

A display of contemporary embroidery inspired by a 16th century Tudor pattern book, containing: stylized pictures of trees, plants and animals in alphabetical sequences, with other designs.

The display features a selection of items, from sewing accoutrements, books covers and domestic furnishings to garments and accessories, worked in a variety of materials and stitch techniques. 

The display is split across Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library and the Proscholium in the Old Bodleian Library.

Lead image: Blackwork by Clare Lobb, 2020

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 Look at the embroidery in more detail in this downloadable slideshow

Stories inspired by a Tudor pattern book

As part of the Needles Art exhibition a series of short films have been recorded by Helicon Storytelling.

Each film contains a story inspired and devised in the same manner as the embroidery on display – by using the Tudor pattern book M.S Ashmole 1504.

Helicon Storytelling have scoured the manuscript for their favourite settings and characters and have used these as the building blocks to create their very own, Tudor-style stories, including foolish wishes, ferocious beasts, folklore remedies and fearless heroes.

Watch the playlist here or on our YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLMMT6JPEQdLqG3Ryy1Jx3J8XZTAexKs0b&rel=0

 

Now it’s your turn – explore the manuscript, choose your favourite illustrations, and use them to create something yourself, whether that’s stitching, drawing or perhaps storytelling.

The storytelling videos have been generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust

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