Sunday 13 January 2019

Explorations 2018 - Dundee & East of Scotland Embroiderers' Guild

On the Tay - Pamela Beecham

Last year whilst on my annual sojourn to St Andrews, I was lucky enough to see Explorations 2018, the exhibition of the Dundee & East of Scotland Embroiderers' Guild, at the St Andrews Museum in Fife.  There was plenty of variety of embroidery styles, techniques & sensational work. Here's a quick look to whet your appetite...

Summer Landscape - Anita Hutchison

5 Hanging Books - Maureen Shepherd
Collar: 1st World Tribe - Lesley Evans
Gold Leaf - Wendy Rosier
Reflections of Crinan - Helen Hill
Seaweed on Stone - Moira Moonlight
After the Storm - Moira Anne Dickson

Goldwork/Blackwork - Michelle Peet
Beyond Merino - Angela Mehlert
The Summer Garden - Carol Gorrie
Calico Collectors Purse - Jennifer Rochester

Fishing on the Tay - Freda Wood
 Landscape in Two Stitches - Elizabeth Robb
Seeing Red 1 - Bea Neilson
Verdant Vessel - Jennifer Rochester
Transformation - Meadow, Mill, Museum - Jennifer Rochester
Workbox Treasures - Muriel Banucha
Lizzie Mutch - Shona Brand

Lighthouse: Tayport - Anita Hutchison
Locked - Bea Neilson

Storm Crows - Carol Gorrie
Knot Garden - Freda Wood
Summer Poem - Maureen Shepherd
The Mill - Carol Gorrie
Mask 1 -  Kay Deas

There were also EG members' sketchbooks on show...


The Dundee EG branch has a Young Embroiderers' group, open to 6-18 year olds, and some of their work was on show including some stitched bunting featuring strong women!

Young Embroiderers' work
Strong Women Bunting

For the last two years the branch has been awarding a Best in Stitch award to a final year student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and a second year HND student at Dundee and Angus College.  The prize includes membership of the Guild, a day school and workshop and a fee for going to the branch to present and talk about their work.  Work by three students from 2017 and 2018 was on display...

Work by HND student, Mariya Holinez & degree students, Aisa Purdee & Aimee Keatch 

Thanks to Jennifer Rochester who was staffing the exhibition when I visited and took the time to chat to me about the group and the work on show.

Explorations 2018 is on until 23 February 2019 at St Andrews Museum in St Andrews, Fife.  Don't miss it! And do contact the branch if you want to join their monthly meetings of talks and workshops. Also, those with potential young stitchers at home may want to check out the Spring Flowers Workshop on Saturday 2 February 2019 at the museum.  

If you're staying in St Andrews and need somewhere to eat, do take a look at Forgans.  They have some special offers through January and February from Monday to Thursdays - check their website. It's a great place to eat!  Don't forget that there's a branch of the V&A in Dundee now - also not to be missed and visit the DCA while you're in Dundee (coffee, food, exhibitions, cinema) - another top spot!  If you want to read about the V&A in Dundee check out my blogpost here.


  1. Thank you for a super thumbs up about Explorations 2018. Glad you enjoyed viewing it

    1. It was really interesting and such a great variety of work!