Exhibition: What is Embroidery?

TRC - What is Embroidery?

Exhibition dates: 5 September – 5 December 2013

This month saw the opening of the TRC’s latest exhibition, What is Embroidery? The term embroidery is used in its broadest sense. The exhibition includes (among others) historical and modern examples of freestyle and counted thread work, as well as appliqué, couching, drawn and pulled thread work, patchwork and smocking.

The first part of the exhibition is dedicated to technical details such as equipment, thread, ground cloths, and the means of transferring designs. The second section is stunning and includes examples of embroidery from around the world from the TRC’s extensive collection. Truly a source of information and inspiration! The third section is about a young lady called Henriëtte Braunstahl from Den Haag (1885-1983), who was presented in 1904 with a diploma from the Industrieschool voor Meisjes (‘s- Gravenhage) as a handwork teacher. The TRC was given her collection of exercise books, watercolour albums and photographs, as well as samples of her work, by Henriëtte Braunstahl’s family. The TRC embroidery exhibition is used to show the embroidery skills of a girl from over 100 years ago and to illustrate the teaching methods of the time.

If you don’t know what all these embroidery terms – appliqué, couching, drawn and pulled thread work, patchwork, quilting and smocking – mean exactly, then come and have a look. If you do, then there will be many items on display that will surely inspire you to explore the amazing world of embroidery further!

For more information, visit the website of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, Netherlands.

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