A quick change of plan on Tuesday 3rd October as Rachel from Gawthorpe Hall had problems with her car and couldn't make our meeting. With a bit of quick organising we held an impromptu workshop making felt Christmas trees.
By the end of the evening, we had the basis for a small woodland. Members took their trees home to finish off and make others.
Several members drove down to Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire, on the 18th and met with Rachel Midgley, the curator of the Gawthorpe Textile Collection, who gave an impressive guided tour of the textile collection and outreach programme exhibition; 'Miss Rachel's Roses.
The hall is a very impressive building which is run jointly by The National Trust and Lancashire County Council
We had never seen so many berries on a Yew tree before, could we be in for a hard winter?
This impressive banner was at the entrance to the Textile Collection exhibition. Miss Rachael Kay-Shuttleworth was passionate about textiles and started to collect and catalogue examples to create an impressive collection and she turned her home (Gawthorpe Hall) into a Craft House. She was also passionate about improving social welfare thoughout her lifetime (1886 to 1967). This year it was 50 years since her death.
There were plenty of examples, clearly displayed
A detailed view of a bed spread embroidered by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth
Also the bed curtains and pelmet, also made by Miss Rachel.
The rest of the Hall was available to walk round. A nice way to say, "you can sit here", made from textiles, of course.
And an unusual way to say, "do not sit here". (ouch)
The Miss Rachel's Roses exhibition
In 2015 a community outreach and education programme was established, and the inspiration for he current exhibition was roses. The rose was her favourite flower. It was an impressive display, made all the more so when it became apparent that most of the contributors had no previous textile art experience.
It is well worth a trip. The Hall is closed during the winter months for maintenance and exhibition updating. for details to go www.gawthorpetextiles.co.uk