Monday, 31 March 2014

Christening Gowns Through the Decades

They may look too delicate to touch, but the exquisitely crafted christening gowns on display in Heyfield from April 3 to the 6,  have stood the test of time. Stored in drawers, shoe boxes and under the bed, these intricate family heirlooms have been shaken out to take part in a unique exhibition.
Most were handmade by family members harking back to traditions which have been lost in recent years.  The love and skills gone into making these tiny garments is immediately apparent. You  will see examples of beautiful embroidery, delicate beading, tatting, intricate crocheting and knitting.

The oldest gown is 150 years old and travelled to Australia from Scotland in the family trunk. Another more recent garment was made by the Great Grandmother - at 85 years of age and you should see the stitching! Each gown has a story to tell on display, and many are accompanied by a photograph.

 On display along with the gowns is a local woman's amazing collection of antique lace, dating from the 1870's and collected from all over the world.  Watch craftswomen demonstrating their arts, many of which have been used in the past to make a christening gown, such as embroidery, heirloom sewing, silk knitting, Brazilian beading, crocheting and much more. 

The supper room has been transformed again into an English Tearoom complete with white tablecloth, maids in black and white uniforms serving  scones and rich Gippsland cream with steaming cups of tea – in fine china of course!

Thursday 3rd April; 10am - 4pm
Friday 4th April; 10am - 8pm
Saturday 5th April; 10am - 4pm
Sunday 6th April; 10am - 4pm

Heyfield Hall, Macfarlane St, Heyfield.

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