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The School of Stitchery and Lace

The School of Stitchery and Lace

Our work began in 1927 when Miss Julia Sweet, a pioneer in the teaching and training of disabled people, founded the School of Stitchery and Lace in Leicestershire. She wanted to give nurses injured in the First World War a means of earning their living. The charity moved to Bookham in 1938 when our current premises – originally a private house – were bought from the Arthur Bird family for £5000.

In the early years, the charity offered a three-year training course in needlework after which girls went on to work at places such as Liberty’s and Harvey Nichols.

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