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With Bold Needle and Thread

With Bold Needle and Thread

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  • Wed 25 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 26 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 27 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 28 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 29 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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MTG Hawke's Bay, 1 Tennyson St, Napier Show map


All Ages


MTG Hawke's Bay

Perhaps best known as a columnist and commentator, Wellington-based Rosemary McLeod is also an avid collector. Or as she calls herself a "rescuer" - she rescues vintage needlecraft from tea towels to toys, doilies to dollies, from op shops, Trade Me and the hands of friends who know of her passion. Because not only does she rescue the items but also covets these wonderful pieces of a 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 contempary context.
Exhibiton items range from tea cosies and aprons, to doilies, dollies and "gollies".

Rosemary McLeod says her collection is not just about objects, it is about women's hopes, dreams, beliefs and financial realities during decades when life in New Zealand was undeniably tough.

Exhibition developed and toured by Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga, with the generous support of the Mackay Strathnaver Trust

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