Monday, 4 November 2013
The Good Shepherd shown above is one of the panels worked by Ann from her home in Patterdale. It was worked 1935-36 and can be seen on the North wall. The panel background shows the view towards Kirkstone from Wordsworth Cottage. She probably used the barn of the cottage as a workshop for her crafts - and some of her stained glass can be found in the bedroom windows of Wordsworth barn.
The other major panel she worked in Patterdale was The Nativity and a framed image of this is also in the church, though the original is now in Glasgow Museums. In the background of this panel is to be seen the village of Patterdale with the river Goldsill in the foreground and Helvellyn and Striding Edge in the distance. The embroidered flowers are those associated with Mary - Lady’s Mantle, Lady’s Slipper, Lady’s Bedstraw, Lady’s Smock, Lady’s Finger and Marigold. The Nativity panel was exhibited by Ann Macbeth at the Lady Artists’ Exhibition in Glasgow in 1946 from where it was purchased by Glasgow Museums. In a letter to the museum Ann Macbeth wrote: I found when wandering in the countryside near my cottage in the Lake District the ruin of a farm steading. In it was tiny manger, made I should think for a goat. It was just large enough to hold a tiny baby comfortably ... and that set my needle going.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 20:00