Embroidery at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

Last week, I wrote (here) about the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation – and included in the post a contemporary photograph of Her Majesty in her coronation robes, including a beautiful embroidered cloak. A few weeks earlier, I saw another coronation cloak, this time in person. Read on…

The Fashion and Textile Museum

On a recent visit to London, I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum (link below) to see an embroidery exhibition.

The exhibition celebrates 150 years of The Royal School of Needlework. The School was founded in 1872 with the object of keeping hand-embroidery as an art-form and enabling women to earn money (and so be independent) by doing embroidery.

An embroidered coronation robe

The Royal School of Needlework has often been called upon to make items for the Royal Family. The cloak below was made for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother to wear at the Coronation of George VI.

The goldwork was exquisite.

The background is a rich, deep purple – seen more clearly in the photograph below.

There was also a sample on display of the embroidery emblems used on the cloak that Queen Elizabeth II wore at her coronation in 1953 (look back to last week’s post to see what the cloak was like). The emblems used are wheat symbolising prosperity and olive branches to symbolise peace.

Tracy Franklin

Other items that caught my attention in the exhibition included a beautiful student piece by Tracy Franklin. Tracy is based in Durham and the embroidery depicts the figure of St Cuthbert’s, his pectoral cross, and an otter (said to engaged with the saint when he was in isolation on his solitary island).

‘The Red Dress’ project

I was also delighted to see ‘The Red Dress’, a magnificent embroidery project which involved scores of embroiderers around the world over a period of thirteen years. (Click the link below to find out more about the project.)

Seeing the stitchery close to was a delight.

By the way, I wrote about The Red Dress project in my monthly newsletter a couple of months ago. It is available to customers and subscribers. If you would like to be added to the list to receive the newsletter, click here


Link for the Royal School of Needlework:

https://royal-needlework.org.uk

Website for the Fashion and Textile Museum

https://fashiontextilemuseum.org/

The exhibition is on at the Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3FX until 4 September 2022.

Link for The Red Dress:

https://reddressembroidery.com/https://reddressembroidery.com/


Amanda Jane Textiles offers unique fabrics for sale here, quilt patterns here, classes here and quilts for sale here

Sticking with the Royal theme, here is my design ‘The Prince and the Helicopters’ (marking the birthday gift to Prince William of a helicopters, from his grandmother the Queen!)

a design of helicopters in red, orange, green and yellow; the pilot in each one is a prince, complete with crown; the background is blue
‘The Prince and the Helicopters’ by Amanda Jane Textiles

Buy the fabric here

Jubilee

Last week’s post was the scheduled sixth instalment in the ‘Watch the Stars’ mystery quilt, so I needed to wait until this week to tell you about the Jubilee celebrations in Ramsgate. If you live outside the UK, you may perhaps not yet be aware that we had four full days of celebrations to mark the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The whole country was celebrating.

70 years since the coronation

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952 and is the longest-serving British monarch.

Flags everywhere

The flag of the British Isles, the Union Jack, was to be seen everywhere over the long weekend. In Ramsgate, this included painting the front of a pub, the Honeysuckle Inn!

The Honeysuckle Inn, Ramsgate, Kent, photo credit: The Honeysuckle Inn

As it is a listed building, it had to be painted white again on the Monday after the Jubilee weekend:

The Honeysuckle Inn, Ramsgate being repainted white, after the Jubilee weekend 2022
The Honeysuckle Inn being repainted white after the Jubilee weekend; photo credit: Amanda Jane Ogden

Makers’ Market

On the first day of the Jubilee, Thursday 2nd June, I joined other local craftspeople at a Makers’ Market (organised by artist Molly Pickles) near the Ramsgate Harbour. We each had cheerful, candy-striped market stalls complete with awnings.The day was hot and sunny and there were lots of people out and about enjoying the Bank Holiday.

On the Friday, my stall looked like this:

Parade

There was a band playing for most of the day, which added to the carnival atmosphere. There was a parade led by the Mayor of Ramsgate Raushan Ara (seen below wearing her mayoral chain and a red hat). Children in the parade wore decorated hats and carried signs they had made themselves. Shortly after the parade they had tea at tables covered by blue fabric, as seen below.

On Saturday, I was involved in some preparations for an event on Sunday at the church of St George the Martyr in Ramsgate, including installing bunting on the church gates. You can only just see them in the photo as they are fluttering horizontally in a fairly stiff breeze!

On Sunday itself, there was a special Jubilee Service at the church (again attended by the Mayor Raushan Ara), followed by a barbeque in the church grounds. Cakes were served, including this stunning creation by cake-maker Pauline Emptage.

You can get a flavour of the event – and see the beauty of the church – by clinking the link below (which goes to the Mayor’s Facebook page) to see a video filmed by Ant Wright.

https://fb.watch/dD25TVlhX0/

My Jubilee weekend was completed by watching the BBC’s excellent summary of all the televised national events. If you are based in the UK, you can access it here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001847z/the-queens-platinum-jubilee-what-a-weekend

The highlight was a wonderful sketch starring the Queen and Paddington Bear (a favourite book character from my childhood), featuring a discussion of where one might keep an emergency marmalade sandwich – delightful!


On day two of the Maker’s Market, I am wearing a dress made from my own design ‘China Mosaic’ (seen below):

‘China Mosaic’ fabric, printed by Spoonflower

You can buy the fabric here.

Amanda Jane Textiles offers unique fabrics for sale here, quilt patterns here, classes here and quilts for sale here

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