Bodnant Garden in glorious technicolor textiles

Nature stirs our senses, our imaginations and inspires us to create in so many different artforms. This month we’re welcoming North Wales Embroiderers’ Guild to the garden who are celebrating our trees, plants and flowers through the tactile medium of textiles.

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Water lilies at Bodnant Garden by Beryl Trimby

During the festival of Trees and Textile, Fabric and Flowers (from August 20 to September 8) places around the garden will adorned by members’ work inspired by Bodnant Garden’s history and flora.

Charlie Stretton, Bodnant Garden events and engagement officer, says: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the guild, whose talented members are modern, innovative and creative. It’s a pleasure to be able to showcase their work, which we hope will inspire visitors too.”

Guild members have been busy working on their exhibits since early this year. They will be displaying fabric works large and small around the Far End lakeside, at the Pin Mill on the terraces and the Old Mill in the Dell.

Carol Clark and Sian keeping their felting piece under wraps - no peeking yet!

Guild members Carol and Sian keeping their felting piece under wraps and (below) Ronny placing marino wool ready for felting.  They are working on pieces for a tree near the garden entrance. 

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Our beautiful Far End has really captured people’s imaginations since it opened in spring 2015. Its tranquil lake, with a richness of plants and wildlife, has also inspired guild members who are working together on a number of large fabric designs to be displayed there. One will transform the island at the Skating Pond, another will be sited in the cluster of alder trees at the edge of the lake and another at the Boat House; they will create bright, eye-catching works reflecting the flora and fauna to be found there in the garden.

 Wildlife which will be displayed on the island at the Far End, and laburnum which will hang in alder trees nearby

There will also be individual pieces, such as one created by Vicky Williams. She is hard at work producing a fabric hanging for the Pin Mill (seen below), inspired by a photograph she took in the garden last June showing foxgloves growing on the Lower Rose Terrace.

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It’s hoped that the works will encourage visitors young and old to view parts of the garden with a new eye, but as well as following the trail of textile art around the garden people will also be able to get hands-on, and try lace and felt making in the Old Mill on August 25 (11am to 3pm.)

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Marilyn Smith from the guild says: “There will be a good mixture of techniques used in the exhibits from felting, hand and machine embroidery, weaving and the use of recycled materials, a good combination of traditional and modern with lots of variety.  There are approximately 20 members contributing work, some have been working on their own creations and others have been working in small teams.

“We are all very excited to be given the opportunity to become part of Bodnant for this period. It comes of course with its challenges being outdoors, so fingers crossed that the weather will be kind!”

You can find out more from the North Wales Embroiderers’ Guild – a thriving group of more than 100 members who aim to build awareness of stitch and textile art. Check out their colourful Facebook page for more information at www.facebook.com/northwalesembroiderersguild

Wysteria  by Linda Beagan to go in the alders at the Far End

For more details about Bodnant Garden call 01492 650460, check out our website nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden or catch up with us on Facebook  or Twitter.

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