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What's in our textile collection?

Guildford Museum's textile collection was started by Joan Drew and her friends in 1928. Miss Drew was an embroiderer from a family of artistic women in Albury. The collection covers all types of needlework: embroidery, plain sewing and crafts such as lace, knitting, crochet and tatting. There is a large collection of samplers from the 17th to 20th centuries and a collection of patchwork, which includes most historic patterns. In addition, we have many of the tools used to make these items and the needlework boxes used to store sewing equipment.

We also have a number of items of clothing in our textile collection. They are mostly hand made items that were collected to show specific needlework techniques. They include embroidered accessories such as aprons and clothes such as smocks and waistcoats. Surrey had its own particular style of smock. In addition, we have a large number of baby clothes.

A small number of the items were made abroad but Joan Drew herself and the women she taught locally made some of the best pieces.

Return regularly to see more items added to this section.