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What is Stitch?

5th September 2017 - 15th October 2017

Diana Springall is one of Britain’s most well-known textile artists whose passion for textiles has led her to amass a unique and diverse collection of contemporary embroidery by graduate students, colleagues and peers.

Her collection of over 200 works (spanning forty years or more) includes hand and machine embroidery, appliqué, patchwork and loop pile techniques to name a few. Each piece has been personally chosen by Diana and is often accompanied by a unique insight about the artist.

Prinkie Roberts, All Together

Diana’s own work can be found in many private and public collections including the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Victoria & Albert Museum. For many years, Diana was a panel lecturer at the V & A and held the position of chairman for both the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Today,


Diana is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In addition to her textile works, Diana has written several books on the subject of

embroider y namely ‘Canvas Embroidery’ (Batsford), ‘Embroidery’ (for BBC), ‘Twelve British Embroiderers’ (Gakken, Tokyo), ‘Design

for Embroidery’.


Diana Springall, Cyclamen

With insufficient wall space to showcase her complete collection, we have selected a number of pieces that reflect the diverse range of techniques and disciplines. Central to the exhibition is one piece by Diana called ‘Cyclamen’.


Our thanks to Diana Springall for the loan of this collection.

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