Louisa Pesel's Travels

Louisa Pesel and the Embroiderers Guild

Louisa Pesel was elected as the first President of the Embroiderersí Guild of England in 1920. She trained a team of ladies to create several hundred kneelers and cushions for Winchester Cathedral in 1938. Her work at the cathedral greatly influenced design and embroidery for church use. Louisa published many books and articles on embroidery history, design and stitch.  Even today her books are sought after by those studying embroidery.  She travelled extensively in Greece, Turkey, India and Egypt, collecting textiles and recording techniques. She was associated with other textile academics and practitioners including the Egyptologist, Professor P E Newberry, and the archaeologist, A J B Wace. 

The Pesel Collection, bequeathed to the University of Leeds in 1947, consists of her own and collected embroidered items, samplers and wool work.  Further to the textile collection there is an extensive archive manuscript collection of Peselís notebooks, articles, lecture notes, photographs, correspondence, drawings and designs.


 
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