Saturday, 9 February 2013

Feller Collection Jacobean Sweet Bag Workshop @ Ashmolean Museum Museum, Oxford * Limited Places * 2/3 August 2013

To celebrate the publication of the two-volume Micheál and Elizabeth Feller: the Needlework Collection (2011-12), students will create a needlepoint silk embroidered stitch sweet bag with matching braid, inspired by a Jacobean floral bag in the Feller collection. During the 17th century small, richly embroidered purses, often referred to today as sweet bags, were filled with fragrant flowers and herbs or were used to carry precious objects or alms for the poor. Worked in silk and metal threads on a linen ground, designs included botanical motifs encircled with branching scrolls and geometric diaper patterns. Jacqui Carey, author of Sweet Bags and Elizabethan Stitches: A Guide to Historic English Needlework, will teach historic braid making on the 2nd day of the workshop. The workshop with a maximum of 20 places will be on 2 & 3 August 2013 at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the fee for the two-day course is £175 (concessions £165). Booking through the Ashmolean Museum opens in July 2013. In the meantime if you are interested in attending this event, please email

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