NEC

Newlyn Embroidery Classes

In 1986 Berriman recorded that no examples of the said embroidery work of the Newlyn Classes had then come to light, and to date this remains the case. It is recorded that Mrs Ellen S DICK ran a class in needlework for local girls. Mrs Kneebone (nee Rouffingnac) recalls: 'I remember the sewing classes that Mr and Mrs Dick started. Mr Mackenzie (John Drew MacKENZIE) invited me to join and I really loved it; Mrs Dick taught us all the embroidery stitches and after we completed an article it was sold and she gave us all the money'. This suggests that this class was also a paying concern and 'Pauls' advertisement of 1897 lists 'Newlyn Enamel and Art Needlework' among its stock. Mr Wilfred Tonkin recalls that the class was still running in 1912 and was held in a room above the enamelling workshop (NAMI). The work was 'tapestry' (probably canvas work in wool or silk - another favourite medium of the 'Arts and Crafts Movement') and they made bags, cushion covers and 'pictures' etc.

Sources: 

Berriman, H., Arts and Crafts in Newlyn 1890 ~ 1930, Newlyn Orion, Newlyn Orion Art Gallery May 1986
Batten, B., Newlyn of Yesterday