Friday, 6 July 2012

National Needlework Archive

Got back from holiday in the small hours but I wasn't going to let that stop us from visiting our first jumble sale for a few weeks!

We were on holiday in Hong Kong where people sneer at second hand goods and the one charity shop that I knew of had disappeared, so it was good to be back where a couple of pounds can buy you all of the below (a teatowel which matches one of our duvet and curtain sets), an oil burner, a Diesel perfume set and a cafetiere! There was also a candle set and a cake which are not pictured. I ate both of them.

The sale was in aid of the National Needlework Archive which is based at Greenham Business Park and I was invited several times by the lovely volunteers to come and view their collection and changing exhibitions.

The NNA maintains a documentary and photographic record of textiles located in the community throughout the United Kingdom. The archive is used for research, and helps raise the profile and esteem of textiles housed in public, or semi-public places, and those owned by community groups or associations. The NNA is highlighting the historical, sociological and design value of this vast resource of textile art.

In addition, the NNA keeps a library of textile related books, magazines, instruction leaflets, dress and knitting patterns, and items relating to other textile related crafts. Our study collection includes textile articles, machines and tools, haberdashery and laundry items. We also keep a dedicated collection of WI textiles. We keep books and articles from any decade.

The NNA promotes contemporary textile art, education, and exhibition; catalogues collections in corporate and private hands, records the work of individual and professional textile artists; assists with textile art re-housing should this become necessary, and records the stories of teachers and textile workers for posterity

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