As an art student Jacqui studied weaving, braid-making and, whilst unravelling the mysteries of Kumihimo, Japanese braiding, she discovered her passion for stitches. Jacqui was awarded The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, then gained an MA with distinction for History of Textile & Dress at The Textile Conservation Centre, England. After a chance discovery of some obsolete stitches, her interest in analysing old textiles led her to 16th & 17th century English embroidery.
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Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival. Soon to be available as an online class
The tiny ʻstrawberryʼ purse in the Metropolitan Museum, the inspiration for this design, was originally described as crochet. Jacqui has revived the actual historic technique called ‘punto en aria’, which is an early form of needlelace, to create a replica.