‘THE COUNTRY WIFE’ textile mural

Whilst visiting The Old Chapel Textile Centre at New Greenham Park this week we were treated to a viewing of a spectacular piece of textile work called ‘The Country Wife’.

We were shown around by a charming lady who told us the story behind the work and how it came to be here. She allowed us to take some photographs to share with you.  Here are the pics with story to follow…

The Country Wife’ was designed by acclaimed textile artist Constance Howard in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. It’s 5m wide x 4.5m high and depicts the activities of women in rural communities during this era.

This stunning 3D fabric picture requires cleaning and conservation and is open to the public while the work is in progress.

The National Needlework Archive is a registered charity who work closely with communities, museums, guilds and universities to promote textiles, textile eduation and research.

They need help to conserve this beautiful piece of history – if anyone is interested in this project you can contact the organisation here to find out what you might be able to do:

The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Main Street, Greenham Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 6HW.
Tel: 01635 38740
www.nationalneedleworkarchive.org.uk
email: info@nationalneedleworkarchive.org.uk

It really is a stunning piece of 3d work, so many amazingly tiny details… if you get a chance do go and see it – it costs £2.50 to get a personal viewing which goes towards the restoration fund – and you can also get a cuppa whilst you’re there!

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7 Responses to “‘THE COUNTRY WIFE’ textile mural”


  1. 1 Vikki 27/05/2010 at 12:21 pm

    I have to say, your photos look amazing! Well done for doing this, I hope they get a lot of interest and help as a result.

  2. 2 averilpam 27/05/2010 at 3:33 pm

    It looks really amazing, I’d love to go and see it, but it’s way too far away sadly.

  3. 3 amyorangejuice 27/05/2010 at 6:37 pm

    that is amazing! how talented was she, really reminds me of tudor stump work x

  4. 4 Lynwoodcrafts 29/05/2010 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you so much for leaving me the link – the detailed observations, and amazing needlecraft skills in this are amazing – and I agree Amy the raised quality is reminiscent of stump work – something I’ve not tried!

  5. 5 loutul 18/03/2012 at 11:14 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous – the amount of work that went into that !

  6. 6 Winifred Willcox 15/10/2013 at 2:44 am

    Love these works & have always been inspired by Constance Howard thank to all involved.


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