I started working at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House as learning & engagement officer at Lakeland Arts about four years ago. I’ve always wanted to create an embroidery pattern inspired by the house, and in my last month in the UK I finally did it! I put together a kit inspired by local plants that can be spotted in the wallpaper, stained glass windows, and woodcarvings around Blackwell. I also used actual plants to trace and draw from.
I sold the kit and embroidered brooches at Blackwell’s first annual craft fair. I also ran a full-day workshop at Blackwell with people who purchased the kit. It’s been such a privilege and a pleasure working at this historic house. I will be moving back home to Canada soon and will miss the daily dose of beauty found here in the Lake District.