Our 2014 open season started with a real bang at the weekend with textile enthusiasts and novices alike flocking to Gawthorpe Hall for Textilefest on Saturday 29 March. We have new work by contemporary lace artist Angela Davies:
and some stunning new work from embroidery artist Bella May Leonard:
Designers and hobbyists alike can be inspired by Gawthorpe Textiles Collection by downloading exclusive patterns from Debbie Bliss, Kate Davies, Claire Montegomerie, Emma Varnam and Jane Ellison:
Designer and Gawthorpe regular, Jane Ellison is also running a series of knit and crochet workshops throughout the Spring and Summer. For booking information click here
We have also been working with our museum partners across Pennine Lancashire to create a collections trail across our nine museums that links the treasures in our glorious venues. Here is a sneak peak:
Here at Gawthorpe we have been extremely busy getting everything ready for Textilefest, where the Hall, and our textile galleries, re-open to the public. After months of hard work it is very exciting to be able to share a sneak peek at some of the amazing items new to the displays this year.
In just 10 days you will be able to come and marvel at the new items on display, as well as some we just had to keep out from last year! There are beautifully precise embroideries from China and Japan, vibrant beadwork, delicate whitework, intricate jewellery and fashionable 19th century fabric samples along with exciting new work inspired by the collection.
To find out more information about Textilefest and book a ticket visit the Eventbrite page here.
On the 17th February 2014, the anniversary of Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth’s birth (17 February 1886), Gawthorpe Textiles Collection launched an exclusive range of downloadable knit and crochet patterns, under the newly created brand Miss Rachel’s Craft House Patterns. These patterns have been inspired by Miss Rachel’s lifetime passion for needlecraft including embroidery, lace and costume gathered from across the globe.
The first patterns released under the new Miss Rachel’s Craft House Patterns brand have been created by a group of five of the country’s most prolific and influential designers and makers, who were invited to spend a day at Gawthorpe Hall, with unlimited access to Miss Rachel’s extensive collection.
Taking personal inspiration from a day spent in the archives and in Miss Rachel’s Library, handling some of the lesser known items in the collection, the designers Debbie Bliss (pictured above right), Kate Davies (above, middle), Jane Ellison, Claire Montgomerie and Emma Varnam created a new garment or accessory of their own; these items have now been translated into patterns, which will be sold via our ravelry shop to help sustain and secure Miss Rachel’s legacy and the on-going work of the charitable trust.
These incredible designers were introduced to the collection and like so many of our visitors came away inspired and brimming with ideas, enthused by the enduring philosophy and passion of Miss Rachel. She believed that creating something beautiful, through the mastery of a craft or skill was life enhancing, as well as practical and educational. The sale of these contemporary patterns will help secure this remarkable collection for generations to come. To buy patterns click here
Debbie Bliss has created a knitting needle case (inspired by a 20th century sampler)
Kate Davies has created a stylish Tam (inspired by a bed cover embroidered by Miss Rachel)
Jane Ellison has created a hat and mittens and a scarf (inspired by notebooks in the textile archive with knitting annotations and samples)
Claire Montgomerie has created a spring capelet (inspired by a tiny fragment of crochet)
Emma Varnam has created a cushion cover (inspired by a large soldier’s quilt)
Debbie Bliss, commenting on the project said, “It was a tremendous privilege to be asked to part of the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection project, to see and handle some of this amazing collection. Hearing about its history and the redoubtable Miss Rachel was wonderful, as was seeing the other designers excited about creating their different pieces. It was a truly memorable day.”
The items created by the designers will will be on display when Gawthorpe Hall reopens to the public on 29 March 2014 with special textile-related events.
To mark the anniversary of the birth of our collection’s founder, Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886 - 1967), we are launching our new brand for Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.
We will have more surprises coming later this week, including the launch of a new collection of knit and crochet patterns which will be available to purchase in the next couple of days… The patterns are inspired by items in the collection and have been designed by five UK-based designers - Debbie Bliss, Kate Davies, Jane Ellison, Claire Montgomerie and Emma Varnam. Proceeds from sales will help us continue to care for the historic textiles collection and deliver inspiring educational programmes.
Watch this space, and here is a sneak peak of the designs which will be on display when Gawthorpe Hall reopens to the public on Saturday 29 March 2014.