Our New East London Embroiderers Project (NELE) has got off to flying start with a packed induction day for our young volunteers at Kensington Palace.
Fifteen young people aged 18 – 25 years old spent a day with the FAD team at one of London’s most historic venues, compiling research and taking inspiration from the Palace’s amazing archive of heritage dress and traditional English embroidery.
The day began with a fascinating presentation on the history of embroidery in royal court dress from Jenny Wedgebury, Education Officer at Kensington Palace. Afterwards the volunteer stitchers, armed with sketchbooks and cameras, disappeared into the many rooms within the palace to source out motifs and examples of heritage embroidery techniques that could be used in the project.
They returned to the education centre in the afternoon to spend some time looking at the Palace’s handling collection, which is full of rich examples of heritage embroidery from 18th Century embroidered corsets and1920’s beaded dresses to Victorian white work capelets and caps.
The day also included a session on leadership skills to equip the enthusiastic young volunteers with the know how and confidence to transmit their embroidery knowledge to others.
See how our young stitchers get on in the next session, when they put some heritage techniques into practice under the guidance of embroidery expert, Anthea Godfrey.