How we kept calm and embroidered

PUBLISHED: 12:23 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 December 2014

The Museum of East Anglian Life.

The Museum of East Anglian Life.


An exhibition in Stowmarket examining the role embroidery has in improving wellbeing for people including Second World War servicemen has been announced.

The event called ‘Calm During the Storm: Wartime and Embroidery’ will run at the Museum of East Anglian Life between January 17 and June 28.

The exhibition covers both world wars with pieces ranging from small embroideries such as postcards, a tea cosy and handkerchiefs, to artefacts such as sweetheart pincushions produced by disabled servicemen. There are Penelope needlework kits designed especially for servicemen during the Second World War as well as pieces made by those left behind on the Home Front.

There will also be contemporary work inspired by more recent conflicts including the war in Afghanistan.

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