Yesterday, I went to an auction at Barnard Castle a town in the south of County Durham. Lots of castles in this area. The one above, Raby Castle, is on the road to the auction and then Barnard Castle below is in the town itself.
I thought that the auction was disappointing for the amount and quality of linen/textiles and I only bought one lot - a small box of what looked like very plain and ordinary table linen. However, when I got home and went through the box two gems emerged!
This hand worked tapestry and beadwork cushion was folded up at the bottom.
The colours are so bright and the beadwork all intact.
Then tucked away in a very dirty gingham drawstring bag was a collection of hand worked Bucks Point bobbin lace. So my journey was not wasted after all! The next time I go to the Barnard Castle auction I also want to visit the other gem of the area - Bowes Museum. I wonder if they have any textiles tucked away in the attic waiting to be discovered!