Events & Exhibitions

Exhibition: Rethinking the Sampler

27th April 2022 to 15th May 2022

We are delighted to welcome back the Richmond and Leyburn Creative Stitchers, the members of which used to form the Richmond and Leyburn branch of the Embroiderers Guild, for their third exhibition at Tennants.

This Spring, the stitchers invite you to Rethink the Sampler, a genre of embroidery deeply rooted in history that has undergone many revivals and is still being reinterpreted today. The stitchers will explore both traditional and contemporary samplers with a wide variety of intricate pieces. The exhibition will also include a display of antique samplers, which have been loaned from private collections or are awaiting sale at Tennants Auctioneers.

Samplers were originally produced as a practical way for girls to practice the needlework skills they would need in their role running the home.  Over the years they evolved into intricate, decorative pieces often far exceeding their practical origins, and eventually became the much-loved cross-stitch sampler still made today.

The exhibition is free to enter.



Saturday 30th April – 10am to 3pm

6th May – 10am to 3pm

On Saturday 30th April and Friday 6th May, members of the Richmond and Leyburn Creative Stitchers will be holding Stitch Days at Tennants. They will be sitting and stitching in the exhibition, to talk to visitors about their work. They will also have materials available for you to try your hand at embroidery.

The Stitch Days are free to attend, and no pre-booking is needed.



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