An exciting exhibition "Treasured Threads: Unpicking Gunnersbury’s Quilts" is to be held at Gunnersbury Park Museum, Popes Lane, London W5 4NH on 15 October 2019 – 12 January 2020.
exhibition takes an in-depth look at one of Gunnersbury’s most
remarkable items; a pieced and appliqued top created by a local Acton
family in 1825. An outstanding piece of craftwork and significant to
Britain’s history of quilting, the Acton Top features contemporary
figures in Regency dress, Biblical scenes, animals and plants. Comparing
the Acton Top with other historic quilts from the museum collection,
the exhibition investigates how quilting developed from the late 1780s
to the 1850s and explores associated technological and social changes.
Also during the weekend of Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November, 10:00 – 16:00 you can take part in The Great Gunnersbury Quilting Bee.
Come and celebrate all things quilting and stitching at a packed
weekend of activity to complement our special exhibition Treasured
Threads: Unpicking Gunnersbury’s Quilts. We’ll have talks by textile
artist Ruth Singer, historic quilt expert Bridget Long and Curator of
the Quilters’ Guild Collection, Heather Audin. Pop-up displays include
Canadian Red Cross quilts, a selection of quilts by renowned
contemporary quilter Janet Clare, and an exhibition of Criminal Quilts,
an art and heritage project by Ruth Singer. Support our charity
crafting activities; hand stitch a patchwork block with Project Linus
and knit a blanket square for Cats Protection. Make a Mug Mat at
Sunday’s quilt-as-you-go workshop, or gain new ideas for embellishing
your favourite old clothes at our upcycling workshops.
Free entry, some activities bookable and payable in advance via our website
For full details of workshops and talks at the Quilting Bee please see the Adult Workshops and Talks and Tours sections or visit www.visitgunnersbury.org