In November our Fabric of the North venue faced an unprecedented challenge, when the River Derwent reached its highest level ever recorded. The millrace which passes through Cromford Mills was a swirling torrent, within inches of overflowing. Sandbags were placed at all of the building's entrances, but fortunately the rain subsided in time for the risk of flooding to be averted.
St. Mary’s church, immediately below the Mills, had an even closer shave (see photo). The river burst its banks, but again the waters stopped just short of the church. Nearby Matlock was not so lucky.
Thanks to Colin Moss and David Witham for the report and photo.
A brand new video will be shown on a loop at Fabric of the North.
What is Tapestry? is for visitors who have little or no idea of what a woven tapestry is, and who may confuse it with embroidery or needlepoint, such as the Bayeux and Ehrman 'tapestries'. Our video, by Graeme Bowman, will give a lightning overview of the basics of warp and weft - such a simple activity in principle (if not always in practice!) that we hope visitors will want to give it a go after watching, on our do-it-yourself 'Wacky Wall'.
Filming started a few days ago at Darlington Weaving Rooms. More news as it comes in - and maybe we'll show a bit of the video on this site.