Today members of Cutting Edge visited St Fagan’s to view some of the museums embroidery work – and oh my word what a wonderful time we had! Elen, the curator selected pieces that gave a wonderfful insight into costumes of the past. There were men’s waistcoats delicately embroidered with flowers. Some completed and which had obviously been worn. Others in the making. How could you do all that embroidery and then not finish it???
This 1660 piece of stump work below was incredible and so well preserved
The gloves from 17th century were exquisite – tiny birds and animals hand stitched with fine threads
This panel is thought to be an 17th century chair back.
…. and this a pelmet from above the bed
So many stunning things to examine and our tour wasn’t over yet. Elen then took us to the textile department in the storeroom to view some of the huge range work stored there. Cross stitch samplers (some done by 8 year olds!), celebration handkerchiefs and tapestries
And on the way we came across coracle boats, walking sticks, weaving looms, harps….
the Vulcan pub sign!
….and a beautiful 18th century gown, created in silk from Spitalfields in London – stunning and what a privilege to be able to get up close
How lucky we are to live so close to such a fabulous museum where we can enjoy the exquisite craftsmanship of the past- a HUGE vote of thanks to curator Elen Phillips for making the day so special and memorable for us all!
Time to start thinking about what we can view another time!