December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Re-enacted scenes from a typical turn of the century country house weekend were one of the highlights of a costume and textile fair held at north Norfolk stately home Wolterton Hall at the weekend.
Now in its 13th year, the event featured a series of presentations put together by a team from Sheringham Community Wardrobe, who paired up with costume fair committee members to help organise this year’s Downton Abbey-themed fair.
Other attractions included costume and textile displays, demonstrations by Norfolk Lace Makers, Norwich Embroiderers Guild and North Norfolk Knitters, and stalls selling vintage clothing and craft supplies ranging from beadworking equipment, to felt-making tools.
Also on show were a row of Christmas trees decorated with handmade baubles and wreaths donated to raise funds for Norfolk Young Carers Forum and costumes from Lady Walpole of Wolterton’s own collection.
As part of the two-day event, £250 travel and research bursaries were presented to two textile students from Norwich University of the Arts, where Lord Walpole was chairman of governors for 10 years.
Second year student Johanne Couldrey planned to use her award for a trip to Italy to look at local knitting traditions, while third year student Rosalyn Crosthwaite’s cash was used towards a three-week trip to India, where she carried out research and took part in textile workshops.
Presenting the awards, which were given in memory of textile fair founder member Angela Houston, Lady Walpole said: “It gives us great pleasure to donate money from the fair and we were delighted to be asked to judge the award, although it is perhaps one of the most difficult things we have had to do.”
Sheringham Community Wardrobe director Nona Gray, who wore costumes including a 1900s housemaid’s outfit, was delighted with the turnout at the fair, and with the large number queuing to see the presentations.
“We were also very pleased to have the help of some young girls who were slim enough to fit into 1880s costumes, where you are looking at tiny, eighteen-inch waists which could put your ribs out of place,” she added.
Wolterton Hall Costume and Textile Fair continues today from 10am-5pm, when the day’s attractions will include an organic gardens event.