How can it be Friday again already?!
I've been looking at the website of the National Needlework Archive for a while now thinking I should go along and see what's what. Somehow I had imagined the walls of the Old Chapel Textile Centre to be covered in fabulous embroidery, people busily restoring exquisite old masterpieces and maybe skeins of embroidery thread for sale.
Sadly my over active imagination went over the top! As I stepped through the door a musty smell wafted up my nose and nobody was particularly bothered that I was inside wandering about. When I did manage to speak to one of the volunteers she told me that museums, schools or the community could request to see the textiles they were researching in advance and then they would be ready for them to view when they visited. However, here are my five to show you what I did find.
One - The 0ld Chapel Textile Centre
The NNA is a charity looking after a documentary and photographic textile archive used for research. The OCTC runs workshops and courses, exhibitions and sales and also houses The Country Wife Mural which was made for the Festival of Britain in 1951 by Constance Howard and members of the WI, it is now undergoing restoration.
|Detail of the 3D mural|
Two - Tea Shop
I liked the reels of cotton holding the table number and I was ready for my coffee and delicious cake.
Three - Walls
There were only a few items to admire on the walls, all the precious work was stored carefully away to protect it.
Four - Print Exhibition
There was plenty of room to display the prints which were part of the Open Studios exhibition on throughout West Berkshire, a bit more about that tomorrow.
Five - Bag to Bag Exhibition
Examples of hand crafted bags of all shapes and sizes were on display to give you ideas to have a go yourself.
I'm glad I visited but I don't think I would visit again unless there was a particular exhibition on that caught my attention although I would have liked to see the Mural. Material, wool and haberdashery items were on sale but they had been gifted to the Centre and were a mixed bag.
Thanks to Amy for the link up.
Have a good week.