In the mid 1970s, the Embroidery course received some fifteen “trade” embroidery machines from a sister faculty within the Polytechnic, whose roots were in education for Industrial Processes in Clothing manufacture and its allied ‘Trades’.
These two slides show a paper design and a machine-worked sample (for a tea cosy) that were amongst the papers and various parts etc that accompanied the machines on their transfer to the art school. The two pieces had been mounted, suggesting their submission for an examination. How they had survived amongst a jumble of oily machine parts is a mystery – as is whatever examination they were destined to pass or fail. But they are, in fact, very typical of taught practical pieces of machine embellishment on domestic textiles during the 1930s and 1940s. Who made them, and exactly when, remains a mystery.
Embroidery Lecturer, 1966-2005