Lectures are in the Play House: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.
Thursday 20 February 2020
By Susan Kay-Williams
Embroidery has been used to embellish garments and decorative pieces from time immemorial to the present. This lecture explores embroidery across eight centuries from work that was made for the Church and royalty to work that was made for the man about town and pieces made for interior decoration. The lecture also examines some of the stitches, patterns and conventions from one period to the next as well as looking at colours.
Susan Kay-Williams is the Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court. She has a long term interest in textiles and was introduced to dyeing on a one day workshop in the 1980’s. She has written about Arts, Crafts and Fashion and is the author of “The Story of Colour in Textiles.” She is in constant demand as a speaker in the U.K., internationally in the U.S and Japan. She is a fellow of the RSA.
This sumptuously illustrated book uses amazingly detailed photography and research to introduce us to the design, production and use of embroidered medieval English textiles. Such textiles were seen as symbols of power and wealth. English embroideries enjoyed international demand owing to their complexity, quality and magnificence. This outstanding book not only shows the enormous range of surviving examples but also explores the world in which they were created. A super addition to anyone’s collection, this is a chance to acquire a book that will be treasured for years to come.