A day out in Leeds – oh look I found textiles!

I had hoped to have pics of a completed bear to show you but though I have been hard at work on her today she is not quite ready. I have sewn together all body parts (the head has turned out very well thankfully!) but I think the arms are too big. So I have left it for tonight as I will have to take them off then unravel an inch or so which needs much concentration. 

I do hope that you have had a lovely weekend – I have after a very busy week at work. I travelled to Leeds on Friday for work and wandered around a bit after – with camera this time – as I had some things I wanted to do. 

Leeds is a very beautiful city with some amazing architecture – particularly the ironwork in the arcades and the terracotta buildings. The picture below shows the lovely roof of the Leeds City Market which is well worth a visit for a real old traditional market. 

Leeds City Market
The market roof - not a very bright day but it does let a lot of light in

While I was wandering round I found this lovely fabric in the remnants bin of one of the stalls – looks very much like blackwork so it had to come home to be part of my stash! 

leeds fabric
Only £2.50 for a metre - bargain!

I also bought these very cute cupcake cases …. 

Am thinking choc chip and strawberry maybe...
Am thinking choc chip and strawberry maybe....

Then wandered through Victoria Quarter where all the very expensive shop are – Harvey Nichols, Vivienne Westwood etc. 

Victoria Quarter
Another beautiful glass roof
Victoria Quarter 2
The top of the arcade has a wonderful orange motif all along it

 The shops in this arcade have the most wonderful window displays like this one from The White Company. 

The White Company
Look at this for cute!

One of the reasons for wandering was to go and visit the University of Leeds Textile Archive (ULITA) which I have been meaning to do for a while now. My inspiration for going this week was that they had a small Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition from the Leeds branch on – unfortunately I was not able to take any pics but there was some nice stitching there. As well as that exhibition there was a selection of the Textile Archives on display with the theme of Natural Fibres. 

You can go and look at the thousands of things they have in archive via this link  and find info on visiting the collection at the ULITA Wiki – I hope that they do not mind that I have used a couple of pics from there to show you what sort of things they have. 

Louisa Pesel Blackwork
A blackwork bag
Louisa Pesel purse
An embroidered purse

My favourite pics in their digital archive come from the Louisa Pesel Collection. Louisa was the first President of the Embroiderers’ Guild and collected embroidery from around the world. There are some lovely examples here. 

Will probably not be posting again for a while (unless I make great progress on the bear in the next couple of days) as we are off on a holiday (hurrah!) at the end of the week. My Mum arrives from Spain tomorrow and we are off later in the week to Marrakesh! I am very excited – have been reading my guide book and am really, really looking forward to seeing the wonderful architecture, gardens and markets – I may feel the need to purchase textiles – you just never know! 

Have a good week – thanks for visiting.

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3 thoughts on “A day out in Leeds – oh look I found textiles!

  1. Beautiful illuminated letter! I have on of her triptych panel paintings. I bought one back in 2002 at the Festival of History. I’d love to commission another one. Any ideas on how to get in touch with her?

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