Creative Heritage

Creative Embroiderers of Penrith Valley projects

The Creative Embroiderers of Penrith Valley group was begun by Mavis Reynolds in 1994 and consists of a group of women living in the local government area who wish to learn new embroidery techniques in order to create large works for public spaces in the local community.

Mavis Reynolds to SBS – Correspondence to SBS in 1998 outlining the history behind the creation of the Creative Enbroiderers.

A self-guided audio tour has been created so that you can guide yourself around the beautiful textile art that the Creative Embroiderers stitched. Most of the projects are hanging in the Penrith Civic Centre – Birds of the Waterways  and Flora and Fauna of the Cumberland Plain can be found gracing the walls of Penrith Library; River, Mountains, Lakes is hanging in the Council foyer near the Customer Experience Desk; If These Lakes Could Speak hangs in the Nepean Room on Level 2 of the Civic Centre; and the 7-part Not Just Stitches is currently hanging along the corridor leading to the Jane Street exit on the ground floor of the Civic Centre.

A full commentary on the various works can be found below.

Information about the self-guided audio tour can be found here.

For full audio commentary, click on the links below.

Listen to Mavis describe the beginning of the group and their first project

Not Just Stitches

Flora and Fauna of the Cumberland Plains

Resonances of Inspiration

River, Mountains, Lakes

If These Lakes Could Speak

Birds of the Waterways

Munitions Filling Factory – Female workers’ uniform