A Bouquet of Medieval Stitches
This exhibition included various contemporary pieces inspired by items of this period: a small Elizabethan style bag, a crewel work picture of a Jacobean scene, a goldwork hanging, a banner screen (fire screen) worked entirely in beadwork in the 1800s, a filet lace mat with a design of a dragon, another with a medieval scene and the altar frontal shown above.
early 20th century
A small linen bag worked with Elizabethan style floral embroidery. The bag is closed by twisted cords threaded through small bone rings and finished with tassels.
mid 20th century
This partly worked piece was started by Betty Haughey who was a former President of the Embroiderers' Guild.
The design is an Elizabethan scroll pattern with typical motifs including acorns, pea pods and carnations or gilliflowers.
late 19th century
A white filet lace mat with a design of a dragon, a legendary creature depicted as a huge, fire-breathing, bat-winged, scaly, serpent-like creature with a barbed tail and four legs.
This framed crewel landscape is similar to 17th century scenes worked on embroidered caskets and panels.
An original design, this framed goldwork hanging was worked by Edna Matthias, a foundation member of the Embroiderers' Guild and a tutor of goldwork.
Techniques include padded kid leather, various forms of couching, beading and French knots with sequins.
This is an early example of Edna's work. She later worked the Guild banner.