Thursday, 10 June 2010
I appreciate that not everyone is a lover of bright Quakers, so I thought those of you who prefer more muted shades would really love stitching Hannah Gilpin's sampler of 1800. This sampler is in the private collection of a friend. Hannah Gilpin is scholar number 1995 and is registered as coming from Colebrook-Dale to Ackworth in 1798 where she remained just two years. There is a fine darning sampler by her at Ackworth school dated 1798. Also at Ackworth are 4 samplers by her older sister Ann Gilpin. We expect to have this sampler ready for you to download early next week. Again Janice at Traditional Stitches has volounteered to provide kits for those who would like them.
Here is Colebrook-Dale (now Coalbrookdale) home to the Industrial Revolution in the UK as it looked in Hannah's time. You can see the famous Iron Bridge in the distance spanning the River Severn romantically named after the Brythonic godess Sabrina. It is a wonderful place in a stunning part of the country and I have blissful (and somewhat muddy) memories of walking the length of the Severn with the family and staying at the luxurious Youth Hostel in Ironbridge, formerly the Literary and Scientific Institute located on a hill aptly called Paradise! Ironbridge Museum has a Costume Project and you can see images of the costumes here. Do visit if you are in the area.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 19:28