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History in Stitches

During World War One, the English town of Walton-on-Thames hosted 27,000 New Zealand soldiers at the No 2 New Zealand General Hospital at Mount Felix.

Panel 1 of the Mount Felix Tapestry

The first panel of the Mount Felix Tapestry, an artwork telling stories from the No 2 New Zealand Hospital at Mount Felix.

 

A century later, Walton-on-Thames residents worked together to create a tapestry celebrating their historic Kiwi connection.

Designed by Andrew Crummy, the Mount Felix Tapestry is a 44-panel tapestry telling stories of bravery, love and loss from the hospital.

One of the panels illustrates the incredible bravery displayed by Kaikōura-born nurse Edith "Poppy" Popplewell when the HMT Marquette was sunk by a German torpedo in 1915.

Marquette survivor, noted surgeon and future Christchurch City Councillor Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Acland also features in a panel. He was president of the hospital’s medical board from 1917.

Lance Corporal Alexander Grant from Invercargill first spotted his future wife, Walton-on-Thames resident Ruth Rosewell, over an “ivy clad wall” while recovering from a war wound at the hospital. Their romance is the subject of another of the tapestry’s panels.

The community tapestry project, organised by the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton, was launched in April 2015 and completed in April 2017. Over the 2 years a small army of stitchers from around the area, and some in New Zealand, created the 44 panels of the tapestry.      See News Page for Venues and Dates.

 

 

Welcome to the World of New Zealand Embroidery.

We hope in visiting our website you will be inspired to seek further information about the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guilds (ANZEG) or how you can become more involved in embroidery by joining one of the 58 Guilds throughout New Zealand.

Whether you are a beginner or more advanced stitcher, or if you are looking for a challenge, we hope you will contact us through this website or through a guild in your area.

What do we do?

ANZEG is the parent organisation for the 58 embroiderers’ guilds around New Zealand.  Our overall aim is to encourage embroidery in all its forms, innovation in design and excellence in stitching.

We do this through:

  • The ANZEG Embroidery Modules and Diploma, with a mentoring scheme for those taking part.

We keep all the guilds in touch with each other through:

  • Regional representatives in each of the seven ANZEG regions of New Zealand

    • A biennial conference and week of workshops

      • Our twice-yearly magazine, Threads, featuring articles, profiles, competitions and challenges, exhibitions and news keeping guilds in touch with what is happening around New Zealand.

Our guilds are a great place to learn about and share embroidery - everything from cross stitch to mixed media, gold work to whitework, canvas work to beadwork to just about any embroidery you care to name - someone, somewhere will be creating it.