From Thrift to Therapy – The Colourful History of Patchwork and Quilting

Thursday 26 April 2018


The Talk

Explore the history of British and American quilting; from the days of the American Civil war, through pioneers, the Victorians, the Great Depression, quilts used in wartime at home and abroad, until the revival in the craft in the 1970s and beyond. There will also be a chance to see a number of historic quilts, ranging in age from 1880 to 1975.

The Speaker

Karen Berry is a Textile Artist based in West Sussex. She teaches textiles skills in small friendly workshops, create and exhibit textile pictures and deliver presentations on the history of patchwork and quilting. Karen holds a City and Guilds qualification in Stitched Textiles (Patchwork and Quilting) and a Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate.

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Please bring suitable warm outdoor clothing and as part of this talk may take place outside.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £10 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. to include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.


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