The Big Stitch

Saturday 1 December 2012, 11am–4pm

In partnership with the Embroiderers’ Guild

Join us for a celebration of all things embroidered with events and activities taking place around the Museum suitable for all ages. Study the history of embroidery in the special exhibition and in the Ashmolean’s permanent galleries which house one of the finest collections of textiles in the country. Add your own contribution to the world’s longest embroidery and help us set a new world record; see both cutting-edge and traditional embroidery demonstrations; take a guided tour or learn more in a lecture; and enjoy stitching activities for all ages. Bring your own project, or start something new just in time for Christmas. Experts will be on hand to help you improve your stitching or to get you started if you’re a complete needle-novice.

Pick up a programme and sign up for events on the day at:
The Big Stitch Welcome Desk
Gallery 21

All events and activities are free; exhibition tickets are available to purchase online or on the day.

Lectures

Venue:Taylorian Lecture Theatre
Booking:No booking, please arrive in good time to avoid disappointment

 

Textile Treasures of the Tudors
With Chris Berry
11–11.45am

Chris Berry is an internationally recognised authority on Tudor & C17th textiles and a practising contemporary embroiderer. For 20 years she taught embroidery as a City & Guilds Creative Studies tutor and continues to teach historical embroidery in the USA and Canada. Chris has a passion for Tudor and Stuart embroidery and currently volunteers at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, where she is carrying out research into embroidery techniques of the period.

Echoes of the Past
With Jean Littlejohn
12–12.45pm

Jean Littlejohn is Joint President of the Embroiderers’ Guild and has lectured on and exhibited embroidery internationally. In ‘Echoes of the Past’ she explores the continuing history of creating images in cloth and stitch and how textile art fuses the past and present.

Couture Embroidery: Worth Onwards
With Anthea Godfrey
1–1.45pm

Anthea Godfrey is a leading expert on the fashion industry and teaches as Principal Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London.

Inspired
With Sue Rangeley
2–2.45pm

Sue Rangeley is an internationally renowned textile artist whose work can be seen in the V&A’s Fashion Galleries. In this lecture she reflects on how historic collections, such as those in the Ashmolean, can inspire contemporary textile art, showing examples of her own work.

Songs of the Earth
With Jan Beaney
3–3.45pm

Jan Beaney is Joint President of the Embroiderers’ Guild and is the longest serving member of the 62 Group of textile artists. She is a lecturer and author on embroidery and runs, with Jean Littlejohn, Double Trouble Enterprises which publishes books and promotes textile arts. In this lecture she looks at the influence of landscape on embroidery.

Young Embroiderers’ Workshops

Venue:Ticket holders to meet at The Big Stitch Welcome Desk, Gallery 21, 10 minutes before the workshop.
Booking:50% tickets available to pre-book: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk / 01865 278 015
50% tickets available on the day from The Big Stitch Welcome Desk
Please note:Workshops are led by professional tutors and children and young adults cannot be accompanied to the workshops; parents and guardians are asked to leave a contact phone number when booking and to collect children from the Welcome Desk promptly at the end of the workshops.

 

Tree Jewellery
With Carla Walsh
11am–12pm

Suitable for ages 8–12
On the first day of Advent, Carla will show you how to recycle scraps of fabric and trimmings to make a Christmas wreath which you can hang on your tree or in your home.

Breathing Clarity
With Karen Woods
12.15–1.15pm

Suitable for ages 12–18
Karen Woods is an award winning textile and mixed-media artist. In this workshop she will show you how to create a fan using images from Japanese woodblock prints and porcelains.

Sashiko Embroidery
With Sally McCollin
1.30–2.45pm

Suitable for ages 8–12
Learn the ancient Japanese art of Sashiko embroidery.

Breathing Clarity
With Karen Woods
3–4pm

Suitable for ages 12–18

Creative Workshops for Adults

Venue:Headley Lecture Theatre, lower-ground floor, Ashmolean
Booking:50% tickets available to pre-book: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk / 01865 278 015
50% tickets available on the day from The Big Stitch Welcome Desk

 

Japanese Pocket Book
With Gill Riordon
11am–1pm

Create a Japanese folded pocket book with added stitches for decoration.

Raised Work Embroidery
With Kay Dennis
2–4pm

Renowned raised-work artist Kay Dennis shows you how to create a raised-work strawberry with two designs suitable for complete beginners and more advanced embroiderers.

Tours

Booking:50% tickets available to pre-book: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk / 01865 278 015
50% tickets available on the day from The Big Stitch Welcome Desk
Please note:Where applicable, exhibition tickets must be purchased prior to the tour.

Highlights of the Ashmolean Textiles Collection
With Lynne Ward
Venue: The Big Stitch Welcome Desk
11–11.45am & 12–12.45pm

Curator-led Exhibition Tour
With Dr Clare Pollard
Venue: Gallery 57, 3rd floor
12.30–1pm & 2.30–3pm

Threads of Silk and Gold: stitches and techniques
With Jane Smith
Venue: Gallery 57, 3rd floor
1–1.30pm & 3–3.30pm

Highlights of the Ashmolean Textiles Collection
With Claire Frampton
Venue: The Big Stitch Welcome Desk
2–2.30pm

Children’s Drop-In

Venue: Gallery 21 (Randolf Sculpture Gallery)
11am–4pm

Get creative and try some simple stitches in the Education Centre. Suitable for ages 4–10. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The World’s Longest Embroidery

Venue: Atrium

The world’s longest embroidery is currently 600 metres long, but at The Big Stitch, we’ll be trying to make it longer still. Anyone can join in, so come along and make your mark with the help of Embroiderers’ Guild experts and Mr X Stitch.

Crowd Stitching

Venue: lower-ground floor

Come and join our crowd stitching area where you can sit and sew, with advice from embroidery experts to get you started or help you improve. And we have 1000 mini-kits available for free for anyone who wants to have a go.

Object Viewing

Venue: Jameel Study Centre, gallery 29

For The Big Stitch, the Ashmolean is bringing out objects from its stores so that you can see textiles from antiquity, eastern and western traditions side by side. Learn about the similarities and differences to be found in textiles across history and around the globe.

Try on a Kimono

A generous private collector is bringing a range of kimonos to the Ashmolean for dressing-up in the galleries. There will be children’s kimonos and garments for adults, plus special embroidered examples and an extraordinary wedding kimono.

Embroidery Demonstrations

Throughout the day, expert embroiderers will be situated around the galleries creating new works of art in a range of traditional and contemporary techniques. Come and take a close look at how they do it, and take the chance to ask them your questions.

The Embroiderers’ Guild

Representatives from the Embroiderers’ Guild will be on hand throughout the day to answer your questions; and you can take the opportunity to sign-up as a member. The Guild will be selling books by the lecturers and workshop leaders. Embroiderers’ Guild Ambassadors will be demonstrating their extraordinary skills around the galleries.