A range of colourful craft items have been created for a special display at a county visitor attraction.
As part of Voluntary Arts Week 2015, promoted by the national development agency for the voluntary arts sector, lacemakers in the North East have been invited by Wallington to show a different side of lace by exhibiting along the Centenary Walk in the grounds of the estate.
The pieces for Lace Gone Wild include bugs and butterflies, flowers, fungi, owls and squirrels.
In addition, there will be lace demonstrations in the glasshouse from tomorrow to Friday, May 22.
Gil Dye is one of the people taking part. She has had an interest in constructed textiles since she made her first piece of crochet at the age of seven and has since mastered the basics of a whole range of lace techniques.
She teaches weekly classes near her home and also shares her knowledge through books and articles.
The Ponteland resident said: “We’re delighted that Wallington has been so supportive and we’re looking forward to demonstrating how lace items are made.
“We have put together various artistic pieces which will be available to view for a number of weeks – for example, I’ve made snails and caterpillars – and there will be some items that people may have seen at other exhibitions or events. There will also be some unusual subjects and those who go along the Centenary Walk can expect to see a range of colours.
“There is a lot of variety to lace-making and I’m still learning things about the craft, including from my students. I enjoy finding out more about its history too.”
The majority of flowers in the display are based on gathered bobbin-lace strips in a variety of thick yarns.
Some include lengths or squares of a finer lace and others are crochet.
There are owls all over Wallington, so they were an obvious choice for Lace Gone Wild. The small colony of red squirrels living in the woods have a few lace visitors – this number includes a fine bobbin lace version that was worked by a trio of girls from the Blyth lace class, with some input from their grandmothers and class teacher.
Larger pieces that have appeared earlier include Charlie the tortoise. He was part of the Westhope Group’s Divergence display in 2008, among other exhibitions.
In addition, The Sewing Box in Morpeth passed on the panel of poppies amassed in recognition of the centenary of World War I. This item was displayed in the shop window during the Morpeth Gathering weekend.
More details about and images showing what is on display at Wallington are available at lacegonwildatwallington.wordpress.com