Saturday, 9 June 2012

Magnificent Stitches at Guildford House Gallery Until 16 June 2012

Dearie me - nearly missed this fabulous exhibition and it is right on my own doorstep - almost! The one sunny day in weeks and we chose to walk the canal path from Godalming into Guildford - one of the loveliest approaches to any town I know. After a picnic lunch in the Quaker garden at the top of the High Street, we were wending our way back down to the riverside when I noticed the signs for this exhibition. Guildford House is a fascinating 17th century Grade 1 Listed town house located on the High Street beneath the great clock and any opportunity to climb its fabulous staircase is never to be over-looked. Thinking from the posters that this would be an exhibition of the local guild's needlework, I was proved totally wrong (or the posters were totally misleading!) Instead there were treasures from the Embroiderers' Guild's own collection, including three magnificent coifs. The one above is staggeringly beautiful - the work is partly raised and all is as fresh as if just finished yesterday. So, I know there is only a week to run of this fantastic exhibit - but do get along if you can. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4.45pm, Sundays from 1 May - 30 September 11am - 4pm. There is also a very pleasant restaurant and cafe and gift shop in the house.

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