Ramster Embroidery Exhibition 2017

It has been great to take part in the Ramster Embroidery Exhibition 2017. Exhibiting alongside some well-known names is slightly daunting, but it’s been an enjoyable and friendly experience. It was wonderful to see so much textile art all together in one place – I think there were nearly 300 exhibits, by 120 different artists, and all so varied. I’ve picked out a few pieces here that I particularly liked.









I love the pincushions above by Jane Cobbett. They are inspired by a Victorian pincushion although they remind me of the mad little silk-worms that are often featured in Elizabethan embroidery. I like the insane grin on the stripy one’s face. I also like the way the velvet pear looks kind of aged.

One of my favourites is ‘House in the Fields’ by Jane Mckeown. There’s something quite modest about it that appeals to me. Even though I have no idea where it is (maybe it’s not a real place at all), but my instant thought was ‘I know that place’. Maybe it reminds me of the small-holding in the Shropshire hills that my parents ran until I was three. It’s beautifully coloured and proportioned. I think it adds so much that the sky is grey not blue, and I love the rows of vegetables all carefully tended. I think it’s a lovely under-stated piece. See more of Jane’s lovely work here

Above: Elizabeth Nicholls, Burning Embers. I like the colours and the freedom of this piece.

Above: Gillian Lamey, Seed Heads 2. This appeals to me because of it’s subtlety. The textures are wonderful (they don’t show up too well here due to the reflective glass, but in real life they’re lovely).

Rita Johnson, Inside the Dance, Embellishment and machine embroidery. I like the sense of movement in this, and the colours.

Above: Jacky Cardy. I treated myself to one of her lovely felted and embroidered bird brooches – I just couldn’t resist.

We took the opportunity for a walk round the beautiful Ramster gardens. The enormous flowering shrubs and trees are magnificent. Some of the magnolias have held their leaves and others had shed them into bright pink carpets (spot the colour coordination with my friend’s clothes!) Does anyone know what this amazing flowering tree is?







4 thoughts on “Ramster Embroidery Exhibition 2017

  1. Viviane Doussy

    I am that colour coordinated friend who joined Jane at Ramster! And what a lovely day we had together, mooching round the wonderful old gallery with all the wonderful pieces of textile art on display . Outside was indeed also a glorious spring day. A feast for the eyes both inside and out. Thanks for letting me know about this exhibition, Jane!

  2. Jane mckeown

    Hi Jane – I have just stumbled across your lovely comments about my piece exhibited at Ramster; thank you. I have just revamped my web page, it still is not brilliant and I would be very grateful if you could correct the spelling of my name in your blog entry so if, in the future , someone else comes across it they can find me! Thanks. Best wishes Jane

    1. Jane Post author

      Hi Jane
      I’ve corrected your surname here and I also put in a link to your website. I’ve enjoyed seeing more of your work on your website.
      Best wishes,


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