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The Betley Windows

Ruth Dodsworth's Machine Appliqué Version of the Betley Window.

Ruth Dodsworth's Machine Appliqué Copy

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In about 1984, Ruth Dodsworth, Dance Teacher for Betty Lupton's Ladle Laikers from Harrogate, was at the Redcar Folk Festival and came across the Betley Window in the form of a set of three postcards. Ruth decided to make a copy using machine appliqué, and to mount each of the Window's panels in its own frame.

So the postcard pictures were photocopied and enlarged, then used as a pattern from which material shapes could be cut. These shapes were strengthened with iron-on Vilene before being sewn on with a sewing machine using a zig-zag stitch. The piece was completed around 1985/1986.

Each panel is in a frame 16 inches by 12 inches; and the set of frames, as shown left, graces the landing of Ruth and Ted's home in Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK.

To see a larger version of any of the characters in the photo, click near the middle of the character. Return to this page using the "Back" button on your browser.

ArrowGuided Tour: The next version of the Window, in chronological order, is an etched glass representation by Susan McKenney.

Index of pages on this "Betley Windows" site:


Original Betley window   Kingston-upon-Thames copy   Betley Court copy   Alison Bailey copy   Ruth Dodworth copy   Susan McKenney copy

Characters in the Windows     Conclusions?   Two 19th Century Views of Morris   Foreign connections

References and Acknowledgements

John Price 2006. Comments to St Albans Morris Men's webslave

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