Community Textile Project

An inspirational community textile project produces stunning results at the Old Hall thanks to generous funding from the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership.

The Inspiration

Using the C17th wall painting as their inspiration, a group of ten women from the Gainsborough Domestic Abuse Centre along with local community artist Ruth Pigott have created a stunning, wall hanging which is a modern interpretation of the original wall painting. As conservation and analysis revealed details of the original designs and colours of the wall painting the community artist was able to create a design for the wall hanging that would offer a variety of new skills to the women’s group. Over a period of three months during summer 2012, the women’s group attended weekly sessions with the artist, and worked on various 2D and 3D textile elements of the wall hanging.

Learning New Skills

At the beginning of the project the Old Hall’s costumier, Avril Sanderson, taught the women’s group rudimentary skills in goldwork, an historical embroidery technique using metal threads. As confidence in their new skills grew the group went on to learn various sewing techniques from the community artist that would be needed to create the wall hanging. These included couching, French knots, button making, paper bead making and dry felting. Their new skills have enabled them to make fabric flowers, gold work birds and “buds” - small balls created through a threading technique which have been filled with lavender to ward off moths and help preserve the wall hanging.

This project has meant a lot of things to the individuals involved, including confidence in their own artistic ability; a sense of pride in what they have achieved; an opportunity to build a support network and develop an interest into local heritage.

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