Yorkshire exhibition celebrates quilting and yarncrafts

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A town in Yorkshire is looking to celebrate yarncrafts and quilting as part of a new exhibition.

Playing on the town's crafty heritage, Bramhope is hosting 'A Celebration of Stitches' at St Giles Church to explore quilting, embroidery and knitting.

Taking place on September 21st, Ilkley Gazette reports that it will be the first ever held by Alwoodley Quilters and Friends and will also include refreshments and a sales table, allowing members of the community and visitors to really get involved in the day.

A spokeswoman for St Giles told the newspaper that quilting can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages and the word first became used in England in the 13th century.

While quilts began as bed covers, the technique has since become popular in making jackets, waistcoats and jumpers for added warmth.

"Making bedcover quilts from all sorts of fabrics became popular in the 17th century and these have become heirloom pieces… They often tell a story of a life, a celebration or an event and even have embroidery and embellishments incorporated into them," she explained.

The spokeswoman also discussed how quilting and crafts have been witnessing a rise in popularity in recent years.

She said: "Quilting and all types of needlework has experienced a resurgence in the last few years. Retro fashion has aided this new development and patchwork and quilting can be found in most high street shops."

Quilting is a great technique to learn in time for winter, and could make a great present for a family member or loved one.

To begin with you could start with smaller quilted patches on bunting or cushion covers, before moving onto larger projects like quilts and bed throws.

The patchwork quilted effect can also be achieved through knitting a variety of different sections and sewing squares together to create a larger design.

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