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Friday, 29 April 2011

Wedding dresses

Apparently there was a wedding today.........had you heard?? :)
Not being one to sit in front of the TV all day to watch it a friend and I had planned a day out......initially we were going to a local church (now saved for another day) but then my friend heard about an exhibition of wedding dresses....COMPLETE coincidence or what...... at a small local museum.......ENGLESEA BROOK CHAPEL MUSEUM........so as we are both interested in embroidery (we did City & Guilds together several years ago) we changed plans and went there instead.
 Not everyone is lucky enough to have a designer wedding dress........just after the Second Worlld War material was in short supply and so this is a dress made from a parachute! The brown stitching is the original stitching on the parachute............how clever to make a little jacket and hat to match.

 Beautiful seed pearl embroidery...................

 ...........lovely lace..............

 ......and very non-traditional colours........they don't show up too well but this was a lovely blue with black embroidery.......................
 ......I really liked this pomegranite design......the centre piece was free standing, you could put your finger behind it
 ......and finally...........every gentleman needs somewhere to put his top hat while in chrurch!!! A special rack underneath the pew!

6 comments:

Heavens2Betsy said...

Lovely post! I avoided the whole wedding thing myself. Your trip was well-timed. I love the idea of the thrifty approach to weddings and the creation of their clever dresses in austere times. I bet they were every bit as proud of them as had they been new! penny

Suzi B said...

Love the top hat holder.Glad you had a good day...I did too :)

Carol Q said...

hadn't planned on watching the wedding either but ended up glued. we do pageant and pomp really well. it was lovely. your exhibition certainly looked worth a visit Sue. lovely embroidery.

olive said...

how interesting.... an alternative wedding day. hugs xxx

Wendy said...

Watched it after all and thought the best bit was the trees in the Abbey, how brilliant did they look!! Dress was lovely as were some of the ones you saw, just goes to show what a little bit of thought can create, fabulous.

Sue Smith said...

I enjoyed reading this post immensely - lots of gorgeous photos or beautiful wedding attire :)