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Interface Arts: Introduction to Miao embroidery

  • 11 Saturday 11th November 2017 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Location: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH Tickets £4 per person from Oriental Museum

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Join us for a hands-on workshop led by artist Maggie Hickman Smith of Interface Arts.


The Miao communities in South West China have a rich textile tradition of embellishing cloth with embroidery, appliqué and wax resist.

During the workshop participants will explore some of the embroidery stitches used in their colourful costumes and create a sample inspired by Miao embroidery techniques and stiches to take home. You will be introduced to the basic techniques of Chinese hand stitching and create your own piece of work to take home.

All equipment and materials will be provided. No experience necessary.

£4 charge per person (payable on the day). Suitable for adults aged 16+

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

To book a place, please contact the Oriental Museum on 0191 3345691 or email

Interface Arts is a collective of artists and craftspeople based in County Durham. Open to all people for whom creativity forms a significant part of their lives, Interface Arts aims to promote creativity in all media.