Sunday, 1 February 2009

Magical Mystery Tour

Yesterday, after a rather leisurely breakfast with the weekend papers, Ian told me to grab my camera, purse and coat as we were going out on a mystery tour. Not one to pass up a chance getting out of the house, I was dressed and ready at the door before he was.
Our short drive took us to Southwell, about 15 miles from where we live and a small market town.
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The object of the visit was the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition which is being held at Southwell Minster until the end of February and consists of 39 of the 77 panels that make up this modern tapestry charting three centuries of social history.
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The panels are 25 by 21 inch and were stitched by over 4000 men and women between 1981 and 1996 in crewel work on specially woven wool cloth.

We followed our visit to the Minster with a wander round the shops, especially the second hand book shop and of course the sweet shop.


On a different note, Photos from the Giant Patchwork Exhibtion in Langres, France 2004 can been seen here on Biker Teds blog and if you are NOT Squeamish, you can see the update photo of my arm here- I did warn you !!!!

News Flash, its just starting to snow- I always get excited at the propect of snow as we don't often see it here so Ian has just dashed out to feed the birds.


Paula Hewitt said...

gee - you have all the fun (except for the broken arm of course)

Pam said...

Hi Guzzisue! Thanks so much for your visit and comment. I have enjoyed this post and highlighted links. The Minster cathedral at Soutwell has such history. I am always speechless when I stand in buildings that old, with our country having such a young settlement history in comparison.If I were anywhere in England I would certainly find my way to the exhibition -I am interested in Qaker history (and of course textiles!)also. A fascinating post. Thank you. That photo of your arm by the way,oh my! You have my sympathy!

Julie said...

Thanks for the link to the exhibition at Southwell. I've made a note on my claender for when it stops snowing! Did you go into the Bull Yard Gallery while you were in Sothwell? It's tiny but they usually have some lovely stuff in there. I haven't been brave enough to look at your arm. I hope it's healing well.

Julie said...

Phew! I went and looked and it's not so bad. I've already seen the real thing! lol I thought there was going to be blood!

Jenny said...

Southwell looks like it is steeped in history & full of inspiration. How can you make lace with that arm? I guess that "where there is a will there is a way".

Guzzisue said...

I make lace very,very slowly :-)takes days to do what I would usually do in a couple of hours.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

What a lovely day out, and a great suggestion by hubby.

Just had a look at the arm photo... you poor thing, it doesn't look like fun at all!