FAD Returns to Kensington Palace

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in FAD Workshops, Heritage | No Comments

FAD’s New East London Embroiderers project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is really starting to take shape after two weeks of workshops with young people from East London.

Learning about the history of the Palace & looking at the ‘handling’ collection

Drawing in the galleries

An 18th century ‘Mantua’ dress with embroidered flowers

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 drawing 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 garments in Kensington’s handling collection.

In the afternoon, the volunteers led the teenagers in practical sessions– teaching them how to create a range of different stitches to use in their designs.

Look out for our next blog posts with photos of the workshops in action as our New East London Embroiderers set about designing and embroidering their pattern pieces!