February 2017 saw the completion of the eleventh Gideon tapestry ‘Gideon choosing his army’. At 6m x 9m this is the largest tapestry in the National Trust’s collection. The last stage before rehanging the tapestry was lining the tapestry. This meant the top border had to be re-stitched to the mainfield. This required the full… Continue reading The great cover up
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
Back in September we had the film crew from Channel 5 come to the Studio for the day to film our work for a feature on Secrets Of The National Trust With Alan Titchmarsh. We went live in episode 3 on Tuesday the 21th of February. See us here! We're on from 17.10 onwards.
Conservation work can lead us to discover all sorts of previously unseen information. Our conservators made a discovery on one of the Gideon Tapestries, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire after it had been cleaned.
As part of the Knole major project we have been undertaking a number of textile conservation projects for Knole. Here Jane Smith, Senior Conservator tells us about the work she and the team have been undertaking on the Caffoy curtains and Pelmet from the Kings Room at Knole. The Curtains The curtains are made from… Continue reading Caffoy Curtains and Pelmet from the Kings Room, Knole, Kent,
The tapestry, ‘Leander taking leave of his parents’ (c. 1660-90), is from the King Charles Room at Cotehele, Cornwall, and has been at the Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk since March 2015. It is one of three tapestries in the ‘Hero and Leander’ set at the property, measures 285cm high x 579cm wide and is… Continue reading Production of a printed photographic infill patch
The team at Hardwick have created this lovely timelapse of our install of the Lucretia embroidered hanging take a look at it here
Hello, my name is Terri Dewhurst and I am the new Levy Intern at the Textile Conservation Studio. I feel very lucky and extremely excited to take on this new role working for the National Trust. Prior to joining the team at the studio I studied conservation at The University of Lincoln; I also worked… Continue reading Noble Woman Lucretia Rehung
Following on from our previous blog post about the conservation work we are undertaking on the curtains from the Spangled bed in Knole. Here is another update on some of the work that has been completed: By April 2014 the coarse red net had been removed from the back of both curtains, previous stitch repairs had been… Continue reading 2. Spangled bed discoveries
Earlier this year, after 25 years of combining her roles as Studio Manager and Textile Adviser, Ksynia decided to hand over the day to day running of the Studio. Under Ksynia’s leadership the Studio has grown from a staff of four to thirteen including an intern and contract staff and moved from rooms above Blickling… Continue reading Comings and goings