As eight sewing amateurs prepare to battle for the BBC’s great British sewing crown, the Museum is launching new courses in knitting, quilting, pattern cutting, patchwork and appliqué to meet unprecedented demand.
Celia Joicey, Head of Fashion and Textile Museum, says
‘We are seeing a huge resurgence in young people wanting to learn traditional skills. Our courses in bespoke tailoring at Newham College are almost twice as popular in 2013 as last year, and last month our pattern cutting introduction courses received three times as many applicants as we have space for. It is fantastic to see great British textile and craft skills being revived by a new generation, and the BBC series will hopefully only add to this enthusiasm.’
Later this month the Museum launches a retrospective of international textile artist Kaffe Fassett, his first exhibition in London since ground-breaking attendance figures at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1988. Tickets for the exhibition are already selling fast, and both Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably will be running a number of workshops as part of the exhibition programme.