On my recent trip to London, I went to Embroiderers' Guild House to visit the EG bookshop, but I found that the bookshop is no longer open to the public (see my previous blog post).
While we were there my daughter Bronwyn and I were invited to have a look at the Beryl Dean Gallery. I felt quite in awe when I saw work done by embroiderers of the stature of Constance Howard, Beryl Dean, Jane Lemon and many other well known embroiderers.There is a display too of exquisite work by members which pushes the boundaries in thought-provoking and creative ways and I would have loved to be able to spend more time enjoying it.
I was thrilled to see a fragment of 4th century Coptic weaving from Ancient Egypt among the treasures on display - its the tiny piece on the right in the photo below. Isn't it amazing to think that fabric can survive for over a thousand years and that we can still enjoy seeing it and appreciate the workmanship of those long ago textile workers who perhaps worked in very primitive conditions?
|Part of the Beryl Dean Gallery. (Photo taken with kind permission.)|
Back into the freezing cold, even the locals were stomping their feet and rubbing their hands, and time for a pub lunch.
Were we glad when the fire was lit right next to us!