Stitches on show at expo

The work of embroiderers from the Coromandel to Doubtless Bay go on display in Orewa at the Northern North Island Regional Embroiderers Art exhibition, showing at Estuary Arts Centre from September 5-22.

There are more than 100 entries from 10 embroidery guilds in The Embroiderers’ Art show, including several from the Hibiscus Coast Guild.

Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see a good variety of techniques in traditional embroidery as well as a number of more unconventional works.

Association of New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guild Northern North Island representative, Robyn Hart, says she has heard one entry has somehow incorporated recycled shoes into their work.

“I’m not sure how, but I’m interested to see,” Robyn says.

The work will be judged by a panel of three, who specialise in three different areas: expert, traditional, and ‘praise of the needle’ where a pattern has been used.

Robyn says the ‘praise of the needle’ category is the most popular among entrants.

The biennial event has been hosted at the Estuary Arts Centre once before, in 2017.

“Estuary Arts is a great venue, and because of the area that the exhibition covers, it is nice and central for all of the entered embroiders guilds to attend,” Robyn says.   

Public entry into the exhibition is free.

Workshop inspired by Hundertwasser

During the exhibition, the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guild is hosting a workshop at Estuary Arts Centre on creating Hundertwasser inspired art. Hundertwasser’s art features vibrant colours and textures, created by using different materials. The class will be taught by textile artist Petra Pilkington from Whangārei, and will take place on Sunday, September 15, 9.30am-3.30pm. Petra says that the art pieces usually take longer than the six-hour class, and advises attendees to arrive at 9am. Info and registration: Robyn Hart,

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