Within the Gothic Revival, architects, most notably A. W. N. Pugin and G. E. Street, had promoted embroidery with the vigorous conviction that it was a vital and serious practice. Many of the finest vestments and other embroidery of the Gothic Revival were architect-designed, but it is often forgotten how often the makers' art was valued.... By the 1890s, with the impact of art-school training, embroidery, especially at the Glasgow School of Art, became an experimental, innovative craft. — Lynne Walker (126).
[Thomas] Wardle's wife, Elizabeth, also is worth attention. A lot of women worked in the [textile] industry, but a more genteel pursuit was embroidery, particularly in making tapestries and banners for churches.
Sometime around 1879, Thomas and his wife Elizabeth set up the Leek Embroidery School. — "Thomas Wardle"
- Embroidered angel in All Saints, Leek, by the Leek School of Embroiderers
- Altar Frontal designed by Richard Norman Shaw, also by the Leek School (detail)
- Two altar frontals designed by William Butterfield in St Mary Magdalene, Enfield (scroll down to see)
- Angeli Laudantes, by Lady Catherine of Wenlock Abbey
- The Four Kings altar frontal, by Thomas Wardle and the Leek Embroidery School
- The Hierarchy of Angels, displayed at St Edward the Confessor, Leek
- Altar frontal designed by Richard Norman Shaw, displayed at St Edward the Confessor, Leek
- Embroidered altar frontal in use at St Edward the Confessor, Leek
- Framed embroidery by Miss Ethel Vigrass at St Edward the Confessor, Leek
- Rose Tree, designed by Alan Fisher and made by the Royal School of Needlework
- Study of a Robed Man for The Pilgrim in the embroidery "The Romance of the Rose," by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
- Embroidered Screen, by Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo
- Embroidered Dress Front, by William Reynolds-Stephens
- Man's Embroidered Smock, photographed by Gertrude Jekyll
- Embroidered curtain, by Lady Catherine of Wenlock Abbey (detail shown above)
"Elizabeth Leeke Wardle." Geni. Web. 26 January 2016.
"St Edward's Church, Leek." Staffordshire Past Track (Staffordshire County Council). Web. 26 January 2016.
"Thomas Wardle." Stoke & Staffordshire Local History (BBC archives). 6 January 2016.
Walker, Lynne. "Women and Church Art." In Churches 1870-1919. Studies in Victorian Architecture & Design (The Victorian Society). 3 (2011): 121-43.
Walton, Cathryn. Hidden Lives: Leek's Extraordinary Embroiderers. Leek: Churnet Valley Books, 2014.
Last modified 26 January 2016