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Published: 12 March 2013


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Britain’s Most Fragile Treasure – Stained Glass

I don’t know very much about stained glass and have always only had a glance at the pieces in London’s V&A as I passed through to other parts of the museum. This documentary on the BBC (iPlayer is only available in the UK sadly) has made me sit up and take notice. The beautiful glass in York Minster with its intricate and colourful detail, plus the insight into how such pieces were made is worth watching, if you are able to access the site.

On a completely different scale, a few months back we were very pleased to have Gail Lawther here to do some workshops. Gail’s textiles are designed to look like stained glass, using patchwork techniques with binding to simulate the leading that joins glass pieces together. If you like the sound of that, have a look at this website which shows the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones at the Delaware Art Museum. If you scroll to the bottom there is a fantastic Viking ship. Fancy a go at recreating it in textile anyone?