Handicraft Weekend at Sunnycroft

Staff and volunteers at Sunnycroft, the National Trust villa in Wellington, will be focusing on bringing the house to life in a four day showcase.  The house will be re-displayed with examples of lace, embroidery and needlework as well as other pieces of soft craftsmanship which are not normally on display. Miss Lander, the last owner of the house, studied at the Royal School of Needlework and this year we are showing some of her paper designs which she made as part of her studies.

House and Visitor Services Manager, Claire Reeves says: “This is the fourth time we have held this event and it is a brilliant opportunity to show some of the collection that is not normally on display due to the fragile nature of the textiles and their deterioration by light damage if left on permanent display. This year we have a diverse range of crafters coming to demonstrate their arts, most of which directly reflect the hand made objects in the collection at Sunnycroft.”

For the four days Shrewsbury Lace makers will have a display and be offering a go at making some lace, there will be patchwork quilters in the East Bedroom and there will be a chance to enter a raffle to win a beautiful patchwork quilt. On Friday 16th embroidery specialist Jane Dew will be demonstrating embroidery techniques, and on Sunday 18th local wool spinners will be hands on carding wool. There will also be many volunteers carrying out traditional crafts in situ over the four days.

This weekend starts a series of craft events at Sunnycroft over the coming months including Rag Rug making, Black Work and Hardanger embroidery workshops.

Sunnycroft is open from 10.30am with last admission at 4pm. Entry to the house and grounds is £6.50 per adult or free for National Trust members. Please see www.natonaltrust.org.uk/sunnycroft for information and tickets for embroidery workshops.

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