The Tregellas Tapestries, Colour and A Good Friend

13 Nov

1   The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth houses the The Tregellas Tapestries which show the story of Cornwall from prehistory to modern day, in many beautiful tapestries. These are just two of them. There are 56 more of them and I love going to see them as we did this morning. I wish I could have been part of the project!

Tregellas tapestry

Another of the tapestries

“Known as Redruth’s hidden treasure, the Tregellas Tapestries are a collection of panels of artwork depicting the story of Cornwall in a unique modern tapestry. The word tapestry perhaps doesn’t quite convey how extensive the piece of art is: in short it is a breathtaking work of embroidery, created with appliqué, collage, paint, wool, silks, metal, cork and wood under the direction of Cornish Bard Rita Tregellas Pope, and two designers Joanne Tucker and Anne Corey. The tapestry was created to advance knowledge of Cornwall’s cultural heritage and showcase Cornish history, pre-history, legends industries and activities. The work took three years to complete and has been on display since 2001.”

2   There is still colour in the garden, lots of Kashmir Lilies and just a few nasturtiums and a couple of dahlias.

Kashmir Lilies



3   A very good friend dropped in this afternoon and we spent a happy hour catching up on each other’s news – lovely!


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15 responses to “The Tregellas Tapestries, Colour and A Good Friend

  1. Kate

    November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    So glad you like Mother’s Tapestry. Unfortunately she never saw it on display in full before she died: no-one wanted it! Can you believe it? And I think it still doesn’t get the publicity it deserves because the work is so good and is a wonderful way to show Cornwall’s history.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      I am thrilled that you wrote to me and so pleased to make your acquaintance! I love the tapestries and always take visitors to see all that we can. Perhaps the new Cornish Centre being planned will be able to present them in a way that more people will be able to see these gorgeous and imaginative insights into Cornish History.
      Thanks again for getting in touch 🙂

      • Kate

        November 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        I keep meaning to write to one of the Tregellas Foundationj Trustees to find out. I do hope so as the panels would be kept in far better conditions than they are at the moment. I rarely go to see it because I get depressed by the lack of care the Tapestry has. About ten years ago I visited Guernsey’s Millenium Tapestry and they’d converted a building to display in controlled, light sensitive conditions so that it would last.
        The trouble was, after Mother died, I was still living in London, trying to sell her house down here and not knowing what to do with the Tapestry, especially as the hot water tank had burst in her house and the flood was discovered when the water was only a few feet away from the panels!! When David Pascoe offered to display them in Alma Place I jumped at his suggestion as it sounded as though the whole place would get far more publicity than it does.
        I’m glad you at least take visitors to see it. Thank you.
        Best wishes

        • mybeautfulthings

          November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

          Next time I’m in, I’ll ask if they know what’s going to happen when the new Centre opens. That might prompt them to consider if they haven’t so far.
          All the best to you 🙂

  2. Flowerpot

    November 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

    those tapestries are amazing arent they Sally? And fabulous flowers – v cheering!

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks! Hope the book thing progresses well! x

  3. Choc Chip Uru

    November 14, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Good friends and beautiful flowers my friend 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Kathleen Richardson

    November 14, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Love the color of the nasturtium!

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      I’m really pleased with that one. Most of them have been ordinary orange, lovely but this one is especially delicate and pretty. 🙂

  5. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    November 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    nothing better than good friends

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I agree, especially friends we’ve know for such a long time. 🙂


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