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Age-old art will celebrate the skill of knitting at Bramhope church
9:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Local news
An art which traces its roots back to the Middle Ages will come under the spotlight with a display in Bramhope.
‘A Celebration of Stitches,’ takes place at St Giles Church, and looks at quilting, embroidery and knitting The exhibition, on September 21, will be the first ever to be held by Alwoodley quilters and friends.
A spokeswoman for St Giles said: “Quilting and all types of needlework has experienced a resurgence in the last few years. Retro fashion has aided this new development and patchwork and quilting can be found in most high street shops.
“Quilting itself can be traced back to the Middle Ages with examples from Europe, India and the Far East on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In England the word ‘quilt’ was first used in the 1200’s. At first quilts were just fine bed covers but later quilting was used to make garments under armour for comfort and then doublets, petticoats, jackets and waistcoats for warmth.
“Making bedcover quilts from all sorts of fabrics became popular in the 17th century and these have become heirloom pieces as they do today. They often tell a story of a life, a celebration or an event and even have embroidery and embellishments incorporated into them.
The exhibition will take place in the church hall, from 11am to 4pm. The event will also include refreshments and a sales table. Entrance is £2.50.