The Gawthorpe Needlecase
4 days: 12th-16th August
or 4 days: 19th-23rd August
Gawthorpe Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan house near Burnley, Lancashire. Often referred to as ‘The Downton of the North’, it is also home to a huge collection of textiles and embroidery, which was amassed by Rachel Kay Shuttleworth (1886–1907) from the age of nine. My Gawthorpe Needlecase is inspired by the collection and ‘Miss Rachel’s’ passion for supporting and inspiring others through needlework.
The needlecase forms the shape of an 18th century ‘pocket’, the type worn around the waist, before pockets were inserted into the skirt itself. The embroidered panel on the front encompasses motifs inspired by some of the beautiful early embroideries in the Gawthorpe collection, together with those inspired by Miss Rachel – most notably the fish symbol as she was awarded the highest honor which can be given to any woman in the Girl Guiding movement, the Silver Fish. This award is symbolic of her and the movement’s willingness to encourage women to ‘swim upstream’.
I love this symbolism! It certainly sums up for me what my life as an embroiderer, (and a woman!) is about. Swimming against the tide of ordinary life make it more empowering, more creative and inspiring, and even a little more fun and eccentric!
The design uses hints of mauve, ivory and green, symbolic of campaign for women’s suffrage, which saw its 100th anniversary in 2018, symbolic of powerful women swimming against the tide.
What students will achieve
In class we will concentrate on the embroidered panel but will discuss the techniques required for construction. You will learn all the techniques/stitches required to complete the embroidery. The needlecase forms the shape of an 18th century ‘pocket’, the type worn around the waist before pockets were inserted into the skirt itself. The embroidered panel on the front encompasses motifs inspired by some of the beautiful early embroideries in the Gawthorpe Collection.
Full project pack, including all embroidery materials and hand-crafted wooden base available direct from Jenny, at a cost of £160.00.
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Price: The price of each 4 day course is £440.
Location: We will be based in the light-filled rooms of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute in the centre of Bath (BA1 2HN).
How to book: Use our online booking form.