Henry Poole & Co. and LES at the Bowes Museum !!

Sequintial Art with Claire Barrett from Hawthorne & Heaney

This week sees sales open for London Embroidery School’s anticipated Goldwork workshops at The Bowes Museum !!  We are terribly excited about heading up there for the weekend firstly to see the wonderful museum for the first time but also because the course is running in tandem with an incredible exhibition by Henry Poole & Co including amazing examples of military gold work including some more contemporary collaborative examples by H&H.

Court suit, 1867 by Henry Poole & Co.worn by HE Surtees
Court suit, 1867 by Henry Poole & Co.worn by HE Surtees Copyright Henry Poole & Co

The exhibition is to celebrate the craft of bespoke tailoring by Savile Row family, Henry Poole & Co which opened in 1806 and launched Savile Row. Henry Poole & Co went on to create the tuxedo and to become a British heritage brand with clients including Napoleon III and Winston Churchill. Since Queen Victoria’s reign, Henry Poole & Co has made state livery for the Royal Mews holding the Royal Warrant to King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth II.

The Bowes Museum textiles & dress gallery Copyright The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum textiles & dress gallery Copyright The Bowes Museum

The exhibition will showcase ceremonial costume and contemporary menswear and celebrate British wool. Garments to be displayed include a single breasted jacket in Churchill stripe, a tweed jacket in cheviot wool, the recreation of the 1865 dinner jacket made for the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII.) and of course some incredible examples of gold work old and new.

Gold work by Hawthorne & Heaney
Contemporary gold work by Hawthorne & Heaney

The classes will give people a chance to learn some of the techniques shown in these beautiful samples and with added bonus of being in such a wonderful setting we have a feeling they are going to sell out pretty quick.  We’d love you all to join us so if you would like to get booking early !  The workshop will include tea, coffee and homemade biscuits, full admission to all exhibitions and a short talk by Keeper of Textiles Joanna Hashagen.   At £47 or £42 for Friends of The Bowes Museum we think its a bargain.

Our Valentino workshop at Somerset House
Our Valentino workshop at Somerset House

The Bowes Museum is an iconic building set in the vibrant market town of Barnard Castle in the midst of Teesdale, housing outstanding collections of European fine and decorative art, purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes. The collections include; paintings, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, sculpture and archeology.  The surrounding beautiful market town looks like it deserves a little exploration too !

The beautiful Bowes Museum - Copyright The Bowes Museum
The beautiful Bowes Museum – Copyright The Bowes Museum


(The sessions will be 1.30pm-4.30pm 25th, and 10am-1pm on 26th Oct.)

For more information or to make a booking please contact the museum on 01833 690606  or info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk


Claire Barrett

Claire Barrett is an embroidery designer who has been working in the embroidery industry for six years. A former Creative Director at Hand & Lock, Claire runs Hawthorne & Heaney, dealing with celebrity clients such as Kanye West and high profile companies such as Henry Poole & Company Savile Row tailors.

Claire is passionate about making embroidery accessible to everyone by offering sponsorships to young designers and even running the London Embroidery School to teach beginners classes to those who are interested in getting a taste of what embroidery has to offer.