Group celebrates mining heritage

Ladies putting the finishing touches to Miners' Picnic
Ladies putting the finishing touches to Miners' Picnic

Stitch in 9

AN embroidery group with members from across the North East has presented a new colliery trail to remember Northumberland’s mining heritage.

Stitch in 9 is made up of members from Northumberland to Durham and has organised embroidery exhibitions in a range of venues, from theatres to gardens. Now the group has installed 20 pieces of work at Woodhorn Museum near Ashington to create a trail inspired by former colliery buildings and the emotions and events of a mining community. There are individual works showing miners’ tallies, the landscape of a reclaimed mining area, banners, pigeons, winding cables and working underground, and each member of the group created elements to make up a spread celebrating the Miners’ Picnic. An embroidered cloth is covered with crafted pies, cakes, a teapot, cups and saucers.

Group Secretary Ruth Richardson said: “Stitch in 9 members are from all parts of the North East. We have embroiderers from north of the Tyne down to Durham. “We first came together nine years ago when we met on a City and Guilds Embroidery and Design course and since then we’ve mounted a number of exhibitions. “Woodhorn asked if we could produce something specific to the site so this exhibition has taken 18 months to plan and produce the artworks on display.” The exhibition runs until Monday, September 2. A trail leaflet with details of the artist, inspiration and location of each of the pieces is available.