The Guild of St Clare held its first ever National Training Day today, at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace. Twelve Guild members travelled to the magnificent Tudor palace to learn Beginners' Ecclesiastical Goldwork.
|Getting down to work|
The standard of tuition at the Royal School of Needlework is always extremely high and we were very fortunate today to have the supervision of Heather Lewis, a graduate of the RSN with a great deal of conservation experience.
|Our tutor, Heather, demonstrates couching with pearl purl|
|Tea and chocolate biscuits were kindly provided for our relief by the RSN|
We were kept hard at work, learning the various different skills needed to complete the project.
|All this hard work got too much for one student|
|Amanda Lewin sewing down her felt padding. She is using a seat embroidery frame.|
This is a collage of my work as the day progressed. The complete purple sampler at the bottom is the work of our tutor, Heather Lewis.
|My work at progressive stages|
|The damaged cope with the long list of equipment necessary to repair it, provided by one of the RSN students|
The day would have been incomplete without a visit to the RSN shop - we invested very wisely in books and sewing kits.
|The RSN shop|
The day was enormously enjoyed by all, and another date will be speedily booked! Please continue to pray for the growth of this most promising apostolate.