Textiles in Durham Cathedral

Recently, Durham Cathedral, which does not normally allow photography inside, held an open evening for amateur photographers to come along and snap away. I’ve already posted about my photos of the Cathedral itself, but said at the time I’d hold back the ones of textiles for a separate post following a textile tour of the…

York Minster – All Saint’s Chapel dossal

A stunning example of goldwork in (fairly) contemporary ecclesiastical embroidery can be seen in All Saint’s Chapel in York Minster. This magnificent dossal (or hanging behind an altar) was made in 1972 by the Minster Broderers, from a design by Joan Freeman. On red silk, the design is worked in padded gold kid and couched…

York Minster – the Great Processional Banner

It’s always interesting to see how others have done something, and when it comes to processional banners, they don’t come any better than this. I went for a visit to York Minster recently, to have a look at some of their ecclesiastical embroidery. I was fortunate to be able to speak to two very knowledgeable…

Durham Cathedral visit

I took a trip over to Durham yesterday, and had a good look round the Cathedral. It’s just a few miles from where I live so I’ve been there a lot over the years, but it’s always worth a visit. I particularly wanted to see their ecclestiastical embroidery; they don’t have much on display, but…