Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival · ONLINE 3-16 MAY 2021
Former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework (2004-2010) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2015-2017), Dr Lynn Hulse is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is also co-founder of Ornamental Embroidery, which specialises in the teaching and designing of historic needlework, and runs workshops in museums, art galleries and historic houses across the UK. Exhibitions include The Needles Excellency: contemporary raised work at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2017) and the Knitting and Stitching Show (2018), and The Needles Art: contemporary hand embroidery inspired by an early Tudor pattern book at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (2021).
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For modern audiences, the intricacy and variety of the stitching found in early English needlework continue to astound and delight the eye and have prompted a number of textile historians to conclude that the Elizabethan and Stuart periods ‘can claim most of what is good in English domestic embroidery’. Equally surprising is the fact that several objects preserved in museum and private collections were stitched by children and adolescents.
This lecture aims to explore the prevailing attitude towards female education in the 150 years following the Reformation and its impact on the development of English domestic needlework; to give a voice to some of the ‘invisible hands’ who created these ‘curious works’; and to examine the environment in which girls from middle and upper class backgrounds learned to ply their needle, the training they received and the images they chose to stitch.
Length: 50 Mins plus Q&A
This lecture is scheduled to take place on:
6 May at 8pm (BST) and 11 May at 12pm (BST)
Lecture fee: £20