Currently on at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, an exhibition about the history of patchwork:
From the expensive use of imported chintz in the 1700s to the Victorian passion for ‘crazy’ patchwork on both sides of the Atlantic, the exhibition follows the story through necessity in the Great Depression and the Second World War and on to the great craft revival of the 1970s when everyone had a go at making ‘Grandma’s Hexagon’.
The patchworks in this exhibition are drawn from the outstanding historical collection built up by Jane and Peterson Cobbett. Stitch in Time brings together an extraordinary range of styles, patterns and fabrics as well as revealing stories about the history, makers and owners of the pieces on display.
This exhibition runs until Sunday 9th October 2011.