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Art Editorial

embroidery18.jpg A stitch in time

For generations the exquisite art of embroidery has decorated our lives and a new exhibition at St Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead features 14 imposing embroidered panels depicting our region as seen through the stone framed windows of our heritage buildings.

These stunning panels have been created by 14 branches of the Embroiderer’s Guild, with the artworks demonstrating the diversity, liveliness and creativity of the northern region from Cumbria to Hartlepool, Hexham to Newcastle. The panels, usually housed at the Beamish Museum, will be on display at St Mary’s for the duration of the Great Exhibition of the North, and during the exhibition Guild members will be on hand each Tuesday and Thursdays from 1pm to demonstrate their skills and guide visitors to have a go and learn more about this wonderful art. And there will be special workshops on Friday 3 and Friday 17 August (1-4pm, £12 advance booking). These will offer a rare opportunity to join renowned artist and designer Maggie Hickman Smith to learn the art and skills of the embroiderer. She will show you how to make a flag or triangle pennant inspired by the themes of the exhibition panels. All materials provided.

The Needle Points North: Into the Future, 26 June-6 September, St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, 10am-4pm Tues-Fri and 10am-1pm Sat. Advance tickets for workshop: gateshead.gov.uk/whatson or 0191 433 4699.