Summer Exhibition

Carol Beckett

The Wedding Dress that Tells a Story

The dress has been designed and produced by Carol Beckett as part of her recently completed M.A. course at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The dress tells the story of her mother living on Tyneside in the 50’s when shipbuilding was still great and where the ships were literally built at the bottom of the street where Carol grew up.  It revolves around the men who worked in the shipyards all hours of the day and night and the generations of women who helped to keep it all ticking over.. 
The story is a familiar one and is a testimony to the great wealth generated by the working class in Tyneside just  as in Glossop and other now lost industrial heartlands.
The dress is in two parts, the bodice is machine embroidered and incorporates precious vintage fabrics, gold, silver and copper threads, while a length of ragged cotton, trapped between layers of silk organza  is painted  to show images of the shipyards and women with their children.
Supporting work is also on show,  collographic  prints, oil paintings, hand embroidery, machine embroidery and ceramics.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday 10 August and will run until early September.
Summer Yarn Sale
Pop in and get yourself a bargain We have reduced our summer yarns to make way for the gorgeous autumn wools coming into stock.
Patons 100% cotton (DK & 4ply); Patons Fusion; Patons Linen Shadow and Rowen Purelife Revive are all reduced along with supporting patterns.
You can find full details and buy Patons 100% cotton online here.