What's On

Sewing Bee

The Sewing Group at the House meets every last 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 (£5.50 or £4.50 for concessions)

Every fourth Thursday

30th July
27th August
24th September
29th October
26th November
17th December

28th January

1.30pm - 4pm


Mr Thornton is coming to tea

North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell