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A Visit to Winterthur and the Plimoth Jacket
May 25, 2010, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Tudor and Stuart Gold Master Class

Over the past weekend, I enjoyed an afternoon at the Winterthur. The tram took us on a tour of the grounds of the DuPont estate. There are some colors from flowers but the various green plantings are in abundance. The attention to details is amazing. For example, the lights along the walkway (left photo) are functional & ornamental. The reflecting pond (right photo) was originally a pool & the first in the US to be heated. At the far end (right photo), those 3 round grates are covering 3 huge speakers through which the guests could enjoy music as the lounge about the pool!

Moving indoors, nice small groups of 10 were given an hour tour of several rooms in the mansion. Then, we were free to walk the property, through the galleries & browse the Campbell Soup tureen collection. Their textiles are extensive, including samplers, needlepoint wall hangings, quilts, drapes, bathroom towels, chair covers, book covers, table cloths.  Tailor-made tours are available at an extra charge. 

chair and quilt (above)

sampler and table cloth (above)

And, of course, the Plimoth Jacket. It is stunning in person. Kept behind a plexiglass but in the middle of the floor so you can walk all around it. There is a brief video about the making of the jacket. Quite interesting. They even sewed over the seams – such attention to detail.

FYI: Winterthur didn’t mind pictures being taken of anything.


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The Jacket is really astonishing. I’d love to see it for real!

Comment by Rachel

Hi Rachel, I’m not sure if you are in UK or not (but by your email address maybe you are), so I’ll let you know anyway about a tour in September to collections in England & Scotland related to the Plimoth Jacket. Details at: http://thistle-threads.com/embroidery/grandtour/jacketstudytour.html

Comment by melitastitches4fun

Hi: Your photos are great! I am going to Winterthur this Sunday and can’t wait to see all these in person.
Susan in Long Valley NJ

Comment by Susan Hoekstra

It is stunning. Worth the trip. Don’t forget to watch the video – it’s not too long. And, let me know what you think of the jacket. Safe travels.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

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