What's On

Thursday Sewing Bee

The Sewing group at the House meets every Thursday from 1.30 – 4pm (usually in the Servants’ Hall). It is a diverse group of women of all ages and abilities. It is a drop in session where anyone can sample the group and decide how regularly they would like to meet. Members can join in with projects or bring along their own sewing, crochet or knitting projects.

We have varied the sessions when members of the group have demonstrated origami and paper flower making techniques.


To provide an informal get together to create the atmosphere of a Sewing Bee that would have actually occurred in the House with the Gaskell family and friends.
To share textile craft expertise and learn new techniques in craftwork
To make saleable items for the House using materials and techniques which replicate as far as possible the techniques used during the 19th century.
To repair and enhance the House’s collection of dressing up clothes

What we have achieved so far:

  • Made a Patchwork Quilt – Grandmothers Flower Garden from donated cotton fabrics. Design inspired by Manchester Quilt from 1860s in the Quilt Museum, York
  • Group has made 50 or more, silk and cotton Lavender bags from donated fabric.
  • The Sewing Bee is currently working on 10 – 20 patchwork cushion covers for the chairs in the Servants Hall and Tea Room


There is no charge to join the group but you will need to purchase an annual ticket to the house (£5 or £4 for concessions)

Every Thursday

12th December

9th January
16th January
23rd January
30th January
6th February
13th February
20th February
27th February
5th March
12th March
19th March
26th March
2nd April
9th April
16th April
23rd April
30th April
7th May
14th May
21st May
28th May
4th June
11th June
18th June
25th June
2nd July
9th July
16th July
23rd July
30th July
6th August
13th August
20th August
27th August

1.30pm - 4pm


a whispering of leaves and perfume of flowers always pervaded the rooms

Charlotte Brontë, on visiting 84 Plymouth Grove