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 what they do have out is stunning. (I would show you, but I wasn’t allowed to take photos. They don’t allow any photography inside the Cathedral at all, in stark contrast to York Minster, where you can snap away to your heart’s content.)
Anyway, despite the lack of pics, I had a great time, after being treated to a personal guided tour by the senior steward, Marion. She’s amazingly knowledgeable, and gave me far more information than I can remember.
Most of the embroidery is made by the Cathedral Broderers, a dedicated band of talented but largely unsung ladies. There are also a couple of batik hangings by Thetis Blacker; not a technique I know much about, but it’s certainly effective.