Dorothy Wordsworth was an accomplished seamstress. Her famous Grasmere journal is scattered with moments of making and mending amongst the writing, walking and other glimpses of daily life.
We know too that Dorothy owned a beautiful post bag, which may have travelled with her as she walked back and forth from Ambleside to collect letters almost every day. Her brother William was also inspired to write a poem after seeing a tiny harp-shaped needle case owned by Edith Southey, daughter of his great friend and fellow Lake Poet Robert Southey: ‘a very harp in all but size!’.
This exhibition, led by Phillipa Turnbull, a world-renowned textile expert and founder of the Crewel Work Company, will explore 19th-century needlework in Dove Cottage and beyond. Participants from the Crewel Work Company’s annual residential programme, based in the Lake District, and local volunteers, will create their own brand-new needlework pieces in response to treasures in the Wordsworth Trust’s collection.