Kirkby Lonsdale April 2013
This is a mammoth undertaking, demanding months of planning, and nerves of steel! The hosts of this year's regional meeting must be congratulating themselves on a highly successful conference. From a visitor's point of view, everything was ideal.... Venue with good facilities, excellent catering, (fab lunch!), and talented speaker Jacquie Carey.
Just some of the glorious work on display from Kirkby Lonsdale and Appleby.
Jacquie Carey spoke after lunch on the subject of Elizabethan stitches. Her lecture was a real insight into the techniques used by stitchers centuries ago, and her research challenged many of the ideas we have about the way they worked . The close-up photography of the samples was fascinating, and Jacquie's tireless curiosity about tiny details really sparks the imagination about the real people who produced these lavish embroideries.
(Photographs of actual pieces Elizabethan embroidery shown by Jacquie to support her talk at the Fashion Embroidery and Stitch Show last month.)
Throughout the Regional day, smockers, embroiderers and lace-makers demonstrated their skills, and there was a good selection of traders to satisfy the shopper in most of us! A good day! Congratulations!