In 2016, the Royal Horticultural Society invited Elizabeth Bradley to exhibit at The Chelsea Flower Show in London – an honor given to few non-horticultural companies. The Elizabeth Bradley team continues to be invited back each year to showcase beautiful botanical needlepoint kits. Head designer, Vernon Kirk, along with his team spend months creating the perfect booth design that reflects the company’s ethos.
Following the success of the first show, Vernon Kirk had an idea to create a series of designs for Kirk & Bradley based on the show gardens. Vernon studies the garden elements, colours, and architectural details to recreate the garden into a unique needlepoint kit. The first Chelsea Flower Show design marked a new needlepoint kit collaboration between Elizabeth Bradley and Kirk & Bradley.
The Chelsea Eccentric Garden was the first exclusive design to the Kirk & Bradley range. Directly inspired by the Harrods Eccentrics Garden from the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, this design incorporates many separate motifs to create a wonderfully modern tapestry.
The Chelsea Cutting Garden was the second addition to the Kirk & Bradley range. This kit captures the mood of Chelsea’s informal Colour Cutting Garden. This design showcases gorgeous colours in a delightful patchwork of flowerbeds.
This year, we introduced The Chelsea Yorkshire Garden which is inspired by the “People’s Choice” winner at the 2018 show. The Yorkshire Garden captures a natural northern England scene, with a traditional dry stone cottage, meadow flowers, a bubbling brook, a rustic vegetable garden and gentle woodland. Beautiful shades of purples, mauves, blues, whites, and yellow make this piece a romantic journey into the Yorkshire landscape.
All Kirk & Bradley for Elizabeth Bradley kits are on 12-count mono canvas and use basketweave stitch. The basketweave stitch is a staple in needlepoint and offers an alternative experience to the Victorian Cross stitch recommended for Elizabeth Bradley tapestry kits. We think you will enjoy using basketweave to bring your Chelsea Gardens to life.
We are thrilled to be exhibiting again at The Chelsea Flower Show this year - Booth EA 428. Come visit us and stay tuned for our next garden design.