Just a quick post this week – some of you may remember that we took part in the Selvedge Advent Fair at the beginning of December last year, which was one of the most beautiful settings for a fair.
Although a long way from Yorkshire, Bath has a soft spot for me as my grandmother who taught me to sew lived here, so my sister and I spent a lot of time in Bath with my grandparents.
My grandmother, like myself, sewed from a very young age and I still have her bespoke dress form in my studio in Salts Mill, and some of her fabrics grace my stash – too beautiful to use until I have the perfect idea to turn them from beautiful fabrics into a stunning piece of clothing, a memory to treasure.
She taught me the handing of cloth, telling me to touch, feel the cloth, hold it in your fingers, take the bolt of cloth and hold it up to see how the fabric fell, how does it drape, how would it handle in cutting, sewing and wearing. Passing on these skills is part of the whole process of sewing and this is what is learnt over time, with exposure to fabrics, and to great seamstresses.
With such expertise, such patience and such skill, I try everyday to live up to her expectations. Without her guidance, I am not sure that I would have been quite as skilled as I am today and am forever thankful to her for the tim she spent with me.
I have been so privileged over the years to being taught, not only by my grandmother, but by many talented seamstresses over the years, all more than happy to pass on their spin on sewing, tailoring, machining and design.
I love working with Selvedge as they epitomise the gentleness that my grandmother exuded when teaching me, and as one of the ticket options for the fair, you can buy a combined ticket to the Fashion Museum to see their exhibitions, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects, presenting 100 key objects from the Fashion Museum collection and Lace In Fashion illustrating how lace has been used in fashion from 1550 to the present day. There are also tours of the museum as well.
You won’t be able to touch the exhibit, but you can marvel at the skill of the craftsmen involved in the process of making.
We hope you can join us on the 25th March, if not, we will post pictures of the fair and provide links to the other exhibitors.
Have a great weekend,