St Albans Morris Men
The Betley Windows
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.
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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