These caterpillars have been visiting the Studio on and off for the last fourteen years. They range in size and length but are always accompanied by a luxurious green ground and leave an orange trail wherever they go. They are in fact the silk trimmings from the James II Bed from Knole. The trimmings have… Continue reading The return of the illusive orange caterpillars!
For five days in May 2017, a team of Textile Conservators from the Studio traveled two miles down the road to Blickling Hall in Norfolk, to undertake condition surveys and estimates for treatment for all of the textile items on display on the visitor route. Blickling is a red-brick mansion left to the National Trust… Continue reading From Hand towels to State Beds
Final phase of James II Bed, Knole After a 4 year wait for funding we are now on the final stages of conservation of the James II Bed from Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent. This project was started back in 2004 with a pilot project on the cantonnieres. These are narrow curtains which sit over the… Continue reading The final hurdle