The Fabric of Flowers

16th September 2022

The Gardens Trust in the UK are swapping their spades for needles as they explore how plants and gardens have inspired arts and crafts.

Launching a series of online lectures entitled ‘The Fabric of Flowers’, the trust is taking a somewhat sideways step from their usual content as they focus on textiles and explore some of the historical and technical aspects of embroidering, weaving and printing using floral designs on fabric.

They will look at textiles from Elizabethan crowns to Edwardian table linen to see how flowers provided inspiration.

Inspirations ‘alumni’, Cynthia Jackson and Nicola Jarvis are opening the series across the first two weeks, with lectures from Mary Schoeser, Fiona McKelvie, Lynn Hulse and Janet Haigh rounding out the series.

Blossom Wood by Nicola Jarvis

Starting on 19 September, you can find out more and book tickets HERE. The talks will also be recorded and will be available for a week after each live lecture, so they can be viewed at leisure from anywhere in the world.

We’re excited to see this collaboration taking place as often it’s a one-way conversation with stitchers talking about the beauty of gardens, but now the gardeners get to hear about the beauty of needlework!

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