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Patches will be the focus of the display by the Cavalcade of History and Fashion this year. Evidence of patchwork, piecing small pieces of fabric together to create a larger piece, has been found throughout history.

The centrepiece of the display is a wonderful 1890s gown of crazy patchwork, a technique which was incredibly popular during the Victorian era. The random shapes of luxurious fabric such as velvet, silk, lace and brocade in rich colours are embroidered with herringbone stitch. You may also revisit the long patchwork skirts of the 70s and Maggie Shepherd’s iconic 1980s outfits.

Quilts are included too. One from 1870 in a log cabin pattern; another early one, unfinished, with the foundation papers used for piecing, still in evidence; dress fabrics from the 1950s are used in another quilt.

Accessories include patchwork shoes, handbags, wonderful tea cosies from the late 1800s, aprons from a variety of eras and many more. Wonder at sewing boxes from decades ago and marvel at Cavalcade’s heritage ribbons, laces, beading, tassels and buttons.

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Floortalks: At 11.30am and 2.30pm enjoy a floortalk on the
history of patchwork.