Paris beckons for embroidery exhibition

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AN embroidery exhibition celebrating the North-East’s mining heritage could go on display in Paris after it impressed show organisers.

The Mining a Golden Seam exhibition is running at Darlington’s Crown Street library, but during an earlier spell in London it caught the eye of organisers of the ‘Aiguille-en-fete’, or, the Paris Needlework Fair, which attracts around 30,000 visitors.

Joy Bradshaw, North-East regional chairwoman of the Embroiderers’ Guild, whose members created the exhibition, and said the fact that it has attracted overseas attention is testament to the quality of the work.

She said: “It would be wonderful to take it over to Paris.

“It would be representing the heritage of the North-East and the heritage of embroidery – an art and craft that has been around for centuries.

“I would love to do it, but we don’t have any funding so it is a case of looking at costs and seeing whether we can raise enough to take it there.”

Mrs Bradshaw is travelling to the French capital next week to visit the Aiguille-en-fete and if enough funds are raised, this time next year she could be heading back again with the Mining a Golden Seam exhibition.

The exhibition is on display in the gallery at Darlington library until February 21 and any visitors who are inspired to pick up a needle themselves can join two free workshops on February 11 and February 18, from 10am to 11am.

For more information contact Mrs Bradshaw on 01325-350010.

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