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With Bold Needle & Thread: 1920 - 1960 Vintage Needlework from the Rosemary McLeod Collection


Perhaps best known as a columist and commentator, Wellington-based Rosemary McLeod is also an avid collector. Or as she calls herself a 'rescuer' - she rescues vintage needlework from tea towels to toys. However, she not only rescues but covets these wonderful pieces of by-gone era domestic craft.






Ranging from 1920 to 1960, when so many objects were lovingly made at home, this exhibition showcases a wide range of objects from Rosemary's personal collection.

It's also a story about collecting and as well as that, as to how objects were made and decorated.








Materials used tell of our own social history and culture. Many of the works are supported with the original patterns and stories behind how Rosemary sourced them. There is also a section of Rosemary's own work - based on vintage designs - and made lovingly in a more contemporary context.



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