The Red House saved

This week’s local paper reports:

Red House Museum has been saved following massive public outcry over plans to close it.”

A working group will  look at ways to generate income.  The council provides a lot events free, including the Craft group at Red House, and a monthly talk at our local library.  I’m sure those attending would be happy to pay a small charge for these.

Not much stitching has been done lately, due to the problems with my arm.  Monday was the first day it did not hurt!  I have been very careful with it, only stitching for a short while, making progress with my ‘handbag project’.

On days when I have not stitched, I have been working on new projects.  The fabric for the baby sampler is ready on the frame, and just needs threads to be selected from my stash.   On Friday and Saturday I was working on a paisley design for a cushion. The fabric is prepared, in that a backing fabric has been basted to the cream silk dupion.  The design has been enlarged to a suitable size.  I have been working with coloured crayons to decide the colour sceme and stitches. I’m not sure which of these projects will be next.

My conscience told me I should get my act together, and do some work on a Jacobean motif before the next Embroiderers’ Guild meeting!   So I have transferred my motif onto some fabric, and made a start.  This is an ideal opportunity to use up small amounts of thread, and a piece of fabric not large enough for anything else.  I do try to use up my stash, but I still keep looking on eBay every few days for bargains!

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February 9, 2012. Tags: , , , . Embroidery. Leave a comment.

Saving Red House Museum

For the benefit of people who are unfamiliar with this Museum, I will elucidate.

The Red House was built in 1660, by the Taylor family and is a Listed Building.  Among it’s famous visitors were Charlotte Bronte, and the preachers Charles and John Wesley.  Charlotte Bronte was a friend of Mary Taylor and the house appears as  ‘Briarmains’  in her novel ‘Shirley‘.

The house is currently furnished in the manner that it would have been at the time of the Brontes.  The lovely garden is in keeping with the style of the 19th century.

It is a museum, with exhibitions, and talks in the outbuildings.  These are often craft related, and a craft bee meets there monthly.  School parties make educational visits.  So it is a valuable award-winning asset to our area, and has 30,000 visitors a year, from all over the world.

So why am I writing about this today?  Because the Council , who are the present owners, have proposed that it be closed and sold as part of their cost-cutting requirements.

When I was at the Craft Bee last week we all made or feelings known, by submitting comment forms to the counil.  Letters have been written to the local newspaper, who are excellent at getting behind threats such as this.

We cannot lose this valuable resouce.  The council must be persuaded to make cuts elsewhere.

For now, I don’t know what else we can do.  Obviously I shall contribute to anything which might help the campaign.  Any comments, or news about efforts to pesuade the Council are most welcome.

Later…

Thanks to the comment below I can give you the link to an ipetition –

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-red-house

February 4, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Embroidery. 4 comments.