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Embroidery Day At The Grove 31 August 2007

On Sunday 9th September 2007, Manx National Heritage will host a day of traditional hand crafts at the Grove Museum of Victorian Life in Ramsey. isitors to The Grove learn embroidery skills

Throughout the day, visitors to the Grove will be welcomed by Manx National Heritage staff and members of the Embroiderers’ Guild, who will provide demonstrations of a variety of intricate stitches and traditional embroidery techniques, including work by the Young Embroiderer’s’ Group.

Manx National Heritage Curator for Social History Matthew Richardson said:

“We are very pleased to welcome members of the Embroiderers’ Guild back to the Grove, where they have provided fascinating displays of their work in previous years. Embroidery was extremely popular in the Victorian era and the Grove is an appropriate place at which to demonstrate their work. Embroidery and sewing were a practical necessity in Victorian times, during which any self-respecting housewife could be expected to ‘make, sew and mend’, and even women from a more prosperous middle class background would have considered it an essential skill. Queen Victoria herself regarded the ability to sew and make repairs as a crucial part of household economy, reusing pieces of older garments for decoration on her own children’s clothes.
We have examples of embroidery and needlework from the Grove collections, and so we know the women of the house undertook this kind of work. From an essential household skill, embroidery grew into a craft practiced for its own sake, for leisure and enjoyment. Middle and upper class women kept themselves occupied through refined accomplishments such as drawing, painting, music and embroidery”.

Visitors to The Grove learn about traditional embroideryThe Grove provides a fascinating period setting for Embroidery Day, with the work of the Embroiderers’ Guild complementing the fine examples of Victorian furnishings and art on display within the house. Built by wealthy Liverpool shipping merchant Duncan Gibb as a holiday home for his family, away from the unhealthy atmosphere of the city in high summer, the Grove became the family’s main home in the 1860s. Passing through several generations, the Grove was bequeathed to the Manx people as a museum by Duncan Gibb’s granddaughters, the Misses Gibb, in the 1970s. Preserved inside the house are original paintings, furniture and wall coverings, all lovingly kept by the Gibb sisters. The house is presented as it might have appeared around 1890.

Visitors to the Grove will have the opportunity to see many different types of embroidery work in progress, and talk to demonstrators from the Embroiderers’ Guild about their work. Children are especially welcome, and members of the Guild will be available to give youngsters the chance to try their hand at a piece of embroidery of their own.

Embroidery Day at the Grove starts at 10am until 5pm on Sunday 9 September and refreshments will be available in the Grove Conservatory Restaurant. Normal admission prices apply.

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