Adrienne is an associate member of the group – she works during the day so can’t join us on a Thursday morning, but helps at our exhibitions and is interested in our doings. She says:
“I had a lovely visit to Newark Park, Ozleworth, last Sunday with my family. It was the first time we had been to this National Trust property and it didn’t disappoint. Although the house appears smaller than many other similar properties, it is beautiful inside with some interesting textiles to admire in the bedrooms.
Of particular note was a lovely quilt made from recycled Indian silks, stitched in the Victorian fashion of crazy patchwork.
In another bedroom is a reversible cream quilt which I was told was hand embroidered in Africa – lots of tiny knots! The four corners on the reverse side have a contrasting embroidered panel which is an interesting idea if you are seeking inspiration for the back of your next quilt.
I really liked a piece of patchwork which Robert Parsons, the last owner, didn’t quite complete (it was mounted onto backing fabric and hung on a wall). It consists of scraps of brocade, silk and velvet in a tumbling blocks pattern which gives a lovely star effect.
There is much to see including William Morris wallpaper and Bristol blue glass as well as carpets of snowdrops at the moment. The new Pavilion sells light snacks which you can take into the main house to have by the wood burner and there is a good secondhand bookshop in the main house – only 3 books purchased this time!
We will be back later in Spring for the wild garlic, bluebells and a spot of geo-caching in the sunshine!”