Knole, Studio life

Caffoy Curtains and Pelmet from the Kings Room, Knole, Kent,

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,

Cotehele, Studio life, Tapestry

Production of a printed photographic infill patch

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

Furniture, Knole, Spangled bed, Studio life

2. Spangled bed discoveries

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

Gideon tapestries, Hardwick Hall, Tapestry

Gideon through time

Have you ever wondered what our tapestries would have looked like with their original unfaded colours? Take a look at this brilliant digital representation of one of the 16th century Gideon tapestries from Hardwick Hall. See it fade from it's original colours through to what we see now - 450 years later. There are 13… Continue reading Gideon through time