North-East Embroiderers' Guild set for Paris exhibition

The Northern Echo: The Darlington Embroiderers' Guild who are going to Paris to exhibit their work, pictured at their meeting place Elm Ridge Methodist Church The Darlington Embroiderers' Guild who are going to Paris to exhibit their work, pictured at their meeting place Elm Ridge Methodist Church

AN embroidery exhibition celebrating the North-East’s mining heritage is set to go international after impressing the organisers of a show in Paris.

The Mining a Golden Seam exhibition, created by around 500 members of the North-East Embroiderers’ Guild, was on show at venues across the region in 2013.

But in February it will be seen by more than 40,000 visitors to the annual Aiguille-en-fete, or, the Paris Needlework Fair, after impressing the show’s director, Jean-Charles Durand.

The exhibition, which also features work by young embroiderers, includes more than 70 individual pieces created using both traditional and modern techniques.

Joy Bradshaw, North-East regional chairwoman of the Embroiderers' Guild, said: “We are proud to have received this invitation and are passionate about representing embroidery and the North-East.

“Valued financial support has come from the North-East Area Miners’ Social Welfare Trust Fund which has recognised the value of showing our inspiration and heritage to a new audience in northern France.

“Hopefully, it will get more people interested in embroidery and show the people of Paris what the North-East has to offer.”

The show runs from February 6 to 9 and the Embroiderers’ Guild is appealing for any businesses which could sponsor the group to help pay for travel expenses to get in touch.

Anyone who can help can contact Mrs Bradshaw on 01325-350010.

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