WWI Embroidery Day Friday 1st March

WWI Embroidery Day Friday 1st March


Join Pat Ashton-Smith, a textile artist and member of the Embroiderers’ guild with over twenty years of experience in using traditional and new techniques for a free workshop.  Pat will help participants to create a 3D poppy using raised embroidery techniques.  Pat says: ‘During the workshop you will be shown three ways to create wired flower petals and you can choose the one you prefer to work your own poppy.  Once completed this can be made into a brooch or mounted in a card or frame.  A materials pack will be provided but please bring along a small pair of scissors.’

Numbers are limited.  Please book through the Events page on the museum website or at Reception.


Pat will give a free illustrated talk on WWI embroidered postcards – “Love Letters from the Front” – followed by an opportunity to ask questions and see embroidered postcards from her extensive collection.

And remember – our project exhibition is still on, so you could visit (or re-visit) that as well.  There are several embroidered postcards included in the exhibition as well as other embroidered items.


Enjoy a pop-up display of WWI items on loan from the Embroiderers’ Guild’s prestigious exhibition ‘Calm During the Storm’.  These are in addition to material currently on display in the project exhibition.  Embroidery was often used as a therapy for convalescent servicemen and, after the war ended, several projects used embroidery as a means of providing employment for disabled servicemen.  Embroidery, especially embroidered postcards for servicemen to send home, also provided an opportunity for French and Belgian women to earn an income.

Free with admission, to annual pass-holders and to Friends