Talk by Ruth Holmes
From Crewel Work Kit to Elizabethan Costumes
At the January meeting Ruth did a talk on Costume making and explained how she started sewing and told some funny stories about how she ended up as an embroiderer. Ruth showed her beautifully designed costumes that were based on the Elizabethan era and showed us some of the embroidery work she had done throughout her life. It was a very inspirational talk and anyone listening would no doubt have felt the need to pick up a needle and thread and start sewing. Ruth had told us how her mother who was so good she made Ruth’s childhood clothes and always a smaller version for her dolls first put her off sewing.
Eventually Ruth was thrown in the deep end of stitching by being the only female working on a stage production that and I quote “You’re a women, you do the costumes!” This for Ruth was sink or swim time and she did in actual fact outdo herself, she went on to do a City and Guilds in Embroidery and this became the start of her embroidery journey.
It was wonderful to see the pieces right from her early years all the way to the Elizabethan costumes which my daughter Ciera modelled for us, Ruth is now making them and selling them to our local college.