Sunday 21 February 2021

A family smock

As I work towards Inhabit*, the Brunel Broderers' exhibition now sheduled for later this year, I have been adding a great deal of new stitching to a smock which dates from when my family farmed in Somerset, certainly as far back as the mid-1800s and maybe further back still. 

The work on the smock tells the story of the farm, its history and that of the members of my family who lived and worked there. Further details can be found in previous posts herehere and here

The smock needed a great deal of repair as the linen was quite damaged and was worn very thin in places. Before stitching onto it, I basted a lining into it to add strength. I have mainly used a fine silk to add as little weight as possible.

Inhabit will be on view in the Landsdown Galleries in Stroud from 7th to 20th September 2021, Covid restrictions willing.

Carolyn Sibbald

Friday 19 February 2021


More of my obsession with Islamic doorways! Thinking about our autumn exhibition, Inhabit * in the Lansdown Gallery in Stroud.

* A note of hope for your diary: Inhabit will be on view in the Landsdown Galleries in Stroud from 7th to 20th September 2021, Covid restrictions willing, of course.

Linda Babb

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Swans in lockdown


Swans in the park in Cirencester recently, been following them through 2020 as they they have raised their six offspring.

Carolyn Sibbald