Sunday, 4 April 2010

Royal Maundy Celebrations

It was wet and cold, however, several members braved the unwelcoming weather and put on a display of information and examples of work connected with medieval embroidery in the grounds of Knaresborough Castle on Saturday 3 April.

Chairman, Jacqui, came up trumps with some boards from her City & Guilds studies and also created two pieces to be worked in the style of the Bayeaux Tapestry based on the Maundy ceremony with King John presenting the people of Knaresborough with Maundy money. The late Dr Arnold Kellet discovered that Knaresborough was the location of the first prsentation of Royal Maundy money 800 years ago.

It was encouraging to be able to demonstrate some simple stitches to children who were accompanied by their parents and grandparents all of whom were keen to go home and continue stitching! Also extremely interesting was chatting to the enactment people who were using a lucet, demonstrating tablet weaving and cooking food from the period.

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