Monday, May 23, 2011

Visiting the Ruskin Museum

Another of the places I visited on my recent trip to the Lake District was the Ruskin Museum in Coniston. Thank you to the museum for allowing me to take photographs and share them with you. 

As you'll see in some of the photos it was impossible to avoid the glare of the overhead lights.  Regardless, I think you'll still enjoy the images.

Next is an enlargement showing the lace at the bottom of the apron shown in the previous photo.

What a beautiful collar!

Below is an enlargement of some of the collar's lace.

Next are a couple of examples of beautiful lace.

Look at this beautiful pincushion!  As exquisite as it is, I'm not sure I would stick any pins in it if it were mine.

Here is another beautiful pincushion and also a piece of lace to the left.

It is a shame that that museum lighting played such havoc with photographing this sampler. The sampler is so exquisite that I'm including this photo anyway. Below the sampler photo are two enlargements so you can better see the beautiful workmanship.


Another beautiful project!

This is an enlargement of one of the lace motifs from the previous piece.

How about some lace worked with gold thread?

And here is even more lacework!

Next is a photo of another display cabinet and then two enlargementsof the cabinet contents.

And last, but certainly not least, is a quilt made by in 1998 by 8-year old school students.  Sadly, the museum lighting made it difficult to get a good photo.

If you're interested in learning more about John Ruskin, Ruskin lace, and Langdale linen, make sure you check out the Ruskin Museum website.


Mouse said...

oooo I am not sure if as a child I went here with my parents .. love the old lace shots and the quilt is impressive for the age of the students :)you should on your camera have a scene setting and from there you can set it for museum shots :)that does help with the over head lighting (fingers crossed ) I am with you as well with the pin cushions would not be used .:) love mouse xxxxx

Giovanna said...

What a beautiful museum! Thank you for sharing your pictures of its treasures.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow, what gorgeous pieces. Thanks for sharing with us Ellen and thanks to the museum for letting you share your photos.

Margaret said...

So cool! I love seeing everything! I didn't know there was such a thing as Ruskin lace. Thanks for showing us!

♥marylin♥ said...

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bisous de france

Kathy Ellen said...

My goodness,Ellen! Your pictures of the Ruskin Museum and so many beautiful, intricate lace pieces are gorgeous. The trip to the castle and its' grounds are wonderful, and I love the photo of you under the beautiful flowering tree! So glad that you and your husband had such a special trip!