Here is another "stamped" quilt. These designs were marked on the quilt top in blue pencil by professional quilt designers, usually in Allendale. Then the buyer could either give to to a local quilter, or quilt it herself. Church groups often sent off for these, too. You could buy them ready made, or send your own fabric to be marked. FitzRandolph surmises that most quilters lost the ability to mark the more complex designs as a result.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Monday, 10 October 2016
Here is a cute baby/cot quilt. It is Welsh as it comes from Cardigan, but there are few obvious clues to its origin. As is usual with these small quilts, the design is very simple and the quilting just enough to hold it together.
The quilting is more apparent from the back, which is in plain white cotton......it must have been quilted from this side....
Cot quilts while not rare, seem to be not so common, as often they were " used up". Few are in pristine condition. The size is 25" square and the little quilt probably dates from the turn of the century.
Friday, 23 September 2016
Traditional Welsh Costume was first identified in Wales from the 1770's. Tourists described it in detail as it was different from clothes worn by rural English women. The main difference was the over-garments.
The bed gown was a short loose jacket, worn almost everywhere except in bed. They were sometimes made of wool, but mostly of printed cotton. Here we can see a deconstructed bedgown, which shows that it was a complex, tailored garment.
The Welsh hat with its tall crown was first worn in the 1830s and became an icon of Wales. Many were made by English hatmakers who used the same materials and techniques to make mens tophats. Welsh hats were expensive, fragile and awkward to store, hence worn by wives and daughters of affluent farmers at market and at special events. Production ceased after 1880.
Stockings were handknitted, most that survive today were special gifts, such as these wedding stockings seen here.
An older woman, who looks to be wearing an old fashioned outfit.
A catalog is available from Jen Jones, and is well worth having. More details:
Monday, 29 August 2016
The highlight of our trip was a chance to see the Quilt Museum in Lampeter. This year, the exhibition was titled "Unforgettable" and featured quilts from Jen Jones' collection and also that of Ron Simpson's.
Unforgettable is dedicated to Roger Clive-Powell, the highly celebrated Conservation Architect, who rescued the Town Hall and turned it into the Welsh Quilt Centre. Roger sadly died in the autumn of 2015.
I am not putting titles to the photos below, in the hope that some of you may purchase the 2016 catalogue, at the following address:
If you email Jen and her team, they will gladly answer any questions you may have about price and postage costs to your country.
Monday, 15 August 2016
Sandy Lush is a well known hand quilter who often uses traditional designs as inspiration and a jumping off point. This summer the Quilt Museum at Lampeter showcases a series of her hand quilted cot quilts. All develop the use of Welsh quilting designs, especially the paisley motif.
The original inspiration was this Welsh strippy from Jen Jones' collection by Mrs May Thomas.
Sandy combined the paisley motif with another pattern called the Welsh trail to create a cot quilt she called "In the Pink". Still rather a North County style format!
Excited by the design possibilities, Sandy went on to create a series of little quilts with a more Welsh flavour, having the all-over Welsh format.
See how experimentation with a few simple designs can create a great variety of results!
Varoius fabrics, plain and patterned were used....
Find out more on Sandy's website: http://www.sandielush.co.uk