This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Embroidery and wood-carving were, perhaps, the departments most creditably represented at the annual exhibition of arts and crafts, held in connection with the Oxford Prize Scheme for Needlework and Industrial and Loan Exhibits, at the Town Hall, during the first week in June. The first awards for church silk needlework was given to Miss Helen Gaze for a richly embroidered chalice veil, and the second to Miss Parker for a stole in indigo blue, sumptuously worked in silver and gold. The third prize, which went to Miss Wilkie, seemed inadequate for her splendid antependium, richly applique and embroidered, made for the Bishop's Throne at Edinburgh Cathedral. Other awards were as follows: -
Ecclesiastical Embroidery, Linen: 1, Mrs. Maiden; 2, not awarded. Certificates: Mrs. A Griffiths and Mrs. Winthropp:
Embroidery on Silk or Satin: 1, Miss K. M. Hyde; 2, Miss Agnes E. E. Young: 3 not awarded. Certificates: Miss Long, Mrs Little, Miss Dodds, Miss Vada Simpson, Miss Hutchinson, and Mrs. MacArthur.
Embroidery on other Material in Washing Silk, Crewel, or Flax Thread: 1, Mrs. N'evill Daw son; 2, A. C. Fairlie; 3, Miss Cara Lang; 4 (extra prize), Miss Violet Turner. Certificates: Miss C. Wallace Dunlop, Miss M. Spencer, Miss Stevens, and Miss Dodds.
Bedspreads or Portieres: I, Mrs. Rannie; 2. Miss Woollcombe-Adams. Certificates: Miss Gladstone, Miss G. Anley, Miss Mary Brain, Mr-. Goodchild, and Miss Denison.
Embroidered Book Cover-: 1. Mrs. Meyrick Heath; 2. Miss A. E. Isaacson. Certificates: Mrs. Kemp, Mrs. B. Wright, Mis- G. Rogers Rees, and Mis- E. Parker.
Drawn Thread Work: 1, Miss B. Fletcher; 2, Miss S. Jotcham. Certificates: Miss M. Stoneland, Miss Nancy Elwood, Miss A. M. Gibbons, Miss Ethel Davies, Miss Gladys Habgood, and Mrs. Goodchild.
The loans contributed by Trinity College; St. Mary's Embroidery School, Wantage, including a sumptuous cope hood; the Decorative and Needlework Society, London, which showed an exquisitely embroidered Angel, and the Audrey School, Isle of Wight, with its very rich red and gold cope, helped to raise the artistic standard of this department of the exhibition to a high level. Mr. Jowett's copies of paintings, worked in silk, in tent stitch on canvas, were a painful example of misapplied industry. The exhibit of work from Mrs. Brackett's School of Embroidery, Lace and Spinning attracted much attention. The stall of Miss E. Savory, of Earl's Court, where she gave a demonstration in embossed leather work, was always surrounded, and she seemed to be securing many new pupils. There was an admirable display of bookbindings in embossed morocco by Mrs. William Rae Macdonald, of Edinburgh, who easily earned the first prize awarded in her division.
The show of wood-carving was so good that it was not easy for the judges' to make their awards. However, the first prize went to Miss Kathleen Stone, of Oxford, for a long oak settle, and the hall rack and stand of Mr. George Stace, of Headington, was bracketed with it, which seemed to us more satisfactory than the award of the second prize to Mr. Joseph Price's rather heavy-looking oval mirror. Mrs. Robinson Best took third prize for a straightbacked stool. In the low-relief carving class, the first prize went to Miss Rose Robinson, and the second to Mis. Knott. We preferred to either the frame in "Viking" style by Miss Ida Knight. Her long chip-carved frame, too, was excellent. Miss Edith Paterson's most important contribution was an elaborately carved jewel-box of spirited design in Renaissance style. We have in hand several photographs of wood-carving exhibits, but too late for use this month. We must not omit mention of the beautiful copy of old French stalls for the chapel of Broughton Castle, carved by Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox's village class at North Newington, Banbury. The exhibition of Bucks lace was large and very creditable. Miss Gibbons' fan, made for her Majesty the Queen, was charmingly worked, but we thought the design lacking in decorative quality.