FAD’s latest initiative ‘New East London Embroiderers’, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is really starting to take shape after two weeks of productive workshops with young people in East London.
Two groups of 14-19 year olds from schools and colleges across East London spent a day each with FAD at Kensington Palace, learning about the heritage of royal court dress and the importance of traditional English embroidery skills.
Following the same format as the research day attended by FAD’s young volunteers, the students spent the morning researching in the Palace before returning to the new Clore Education Centre to put on some white gloves and take a closer look at the historic embroideries inKensington’s handling collection.
In the afternoon, the volunteers led small groups of teenagers in practical sessions– teaching them how to produce a range different heritage stitch techniques to use in their final embroidered designs.
Look out for our next blog posts with photos of the practical workshops in action as our New East London Embroiderers set about designing and embroidering their pattern pieces!