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Healing Stitches - Louisa Pesel, Bradford’s Inspirational Embroiderer

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A talk all about Louisa Pesel, her life and her work, including the practical conservation work on the Khaki Club Altar Frontal.

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Join us during Heritage Open Days 2021 for a talk all about Louisa Pesel, her life and her work, including the practical conservation work on the Khaki Club Altar Frontal. The talk will be followed by a short Q&A.

Louisa Pesel is a name few have heard about, but through her determination to help shell-shocked soldiers returning home from the horrors of WW1, she established the ‘Khaki Club’ in Bradford, a handicraft centre that provided early but vital occupational therapy in the form of embroidery and crafts.

The talk explores the extraordinary life of Louisa. She was born in 1870, the eldest daughter of a Bradford Quaker family, and educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School. Being artistically talented, she went on to study at the Royal College of Art, specialising in drawing and embroidery. She travelled widely abroad, a daunting undertaking for a single woman in the early 1900’s. She took up the post of Designer at ‘The Royal Hellenic School of Needlework and Lace’ in Athens, only returning to the UK in 1908 to look after her aging parents. Louisa believed in the therapeutic nature of embroidery and had a fascination in the structures of stitches. She collected foreign textiles, established The Embroiderers’ Guild, wrote embroidery books and articles and, finally in 1931, she set up Winchester Cathedral Broderers to design hand stitched kneelers. Louisa sadly died in 1947 but hardly a day would have gone by when she did not embroider.

For more information on what is happening during the day, please visit https://www.bradfordcathedral.org/whats-on/heritage-open-days/

Jacqueline Hyman

After obtaining her first degree in Textile Design from Leeds University, Jacqueline received textile conservation training through the North of England Museums’ Service. In 1982, she established a freelance Conservation Studio, offering textile conservation services to both the private and public sectors. The studio conserves a broad range of textiles from embroidered samplers, costumes, and their accessories, through to full size tapestries, flags, and banners.

She is an Accredited Textile Conservator/Restorer (ACR) and member of The Institute for Conservation and The Textile Society.

Jacqueline has lectured and run study courses on Textile Conservation for many organisations, throughout the UK, including The Arts Society, Embroiderers’ and Lace Guilds. She has appeared on antiques programmes on Channel 4, BBC2 and the Discovery Channel, talked on national and local radio, and has written articles for specialist magazines.

In 2010, Jacqueline returned to the University of Leeds and gained her Master’s Degree by Research, studying Medieval Egyptian Children’s Clothing.

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