Artist Workshops come to Gainsborough

Macrame Weaving

Visitors will be able to enjoy a series of free workshops next month inspired by the Mayflower story which commemorates its 400th anniversary next year.

The ‘Spirit of the Mayflower’ project is led by Rachel Carter, an Artist Sculptor based on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border. Inspired by the Mayflower story, Rachel’s project explores storytelling, visual art and history through the textural language of sculpture. She recently travelled to America on a freight ship, creating a modern version of the Mayflower pilgrimage to encounter the woven history of the Wampanoag tribe who were the first to come in to contact with the Pilgrims after arriving in the ‘new world’.

Wampanoag tribes would record important dates in history, traditions and laws by creating Wampum belts which consist of intricate patterns, symbols and images knotted on to belts.

During these workshops you will be able to learn different knotting techniques using ancient weaving methods of macramé which are inspired by the Wampum belts. Workshops are free to attend and you can also make an additional piece that may be used on Rachel’s new ‘bronze sculpture – ‘The Pilgrim Woman’ that is being created for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

Workshops will take place on the following dates:

– Wednesday 2 October, 1 to 4pm – FULLY BOOKED

– Wednesday 9 October, 1 to 4pm

– Wednesday 16 October, 1 to 4pm

– Wednesday 23 October, 1 to 4pm

You are welcome to attend as many workshops as you wish to help you learn the patterns.

Workshops will take place at Gainsborough Old Hall on Parnell Street, DN21 2NB. Due to the nature of the building please dress appropriately (i.e. warm clothing).

Visit out what’s on calendar for more information or to book. Please note due to limited numbers booking is essential.

For more information about Rachel Carter or the ‘Spirit of the Mayflower’ project, visit