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The Gentle Arts: Quilts, Lace and Embroidery of Woodbridge

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'Gentle Arts' is an exhibition showcasing the quilts, lace and embroidery of Woodbridge.

Organised by the National Trust of Western Australia Woodbridge Volunteers, this exhibition is fittingly staged at Woodbridge, the beautiful 19th century residence of Charles Harper and his family, furnished in the late-Victorian style.

Woodbridge (Photography by Neal Berry of Belmont, W.A.)

For this exhibition, fragile textiles are brought out of storage and displayed for the public to enjoy. Woodbridge has just reopened after closing for the annual spring clean so now is the time to see the house at is sparkling best. The quilts on display are listed on the National Quilt Register and include one of the oldest quilts in Australia made by Sarah Evans in Wales in 1806. Enjoy a close up view of this lovingly made treasure.

There is no extra cost for this exhibition as entry is included in the regular price of admission.

Table linen on display in the Dining Room (Photography by Neal Berry of Belmont, W.A.)

The Bellevue Belles Lace Group (Australian Lace Guild) will be demonstrating traditional lacemaking techniques during selected times. You will be able to try your hand at the have-a-go bobbin lace making table.

The precise and delicate art of bobbin lace making
Embroidered and beaded banner pole.

Come along with the whole family this spring and enjoy an afternoon at Woodbridge. You'll discover a wonderful display of handmade domestic and decorative items in a truly historic location.

Delicate hand-made laces will be on display such as this beautiful lace collar.

To complete your afternoon at Woodbridge visit the café, Riverside at Woodbridge, housed in the old coach house in the grounds. Riverside at Woodbridge is open for lunch and/or afternoon tea or coffee (Closed Sunday 3rd September). Please be sure to book ahead for lunch by telephoning 9274 1469.

Woodbridge overlooks the Swan River (Photography by Neal Berry of Belmont, W.A.)

'Gentle Arts' - A Display of the Quilts, Lace & Embroidery of Woodbridge is open to the public:*

  • 1-4pm Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August

  • 1-4pm Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd September

    Entry is priced as follows:

  • Adult $8

  • Child/Concession $5

  • Group Booking during regular house open times - $5/10 or more persons

  • Family - $20/ 2 adults, 2 children

  • NTWA Members – FREE

    Tours can also be arranged outside of regular house open hours for special interest groups by appointment.

    Cost $10ea/10 or more persons and includes tea/coffee/biscuits on the Woodbridge veranda. From Thursday 24th August to Sunday 3rd September. Enquiries: Lyn 0426 211 382 or

    Woodbridge House (8254 Ford Street, Woodbridge 6056 WA) is located down the drive at the corner of Ford Street and Third Avenue. Drive into the entrance of Governor Stirling Senior High School (on your right) and the Guildford Grammar School playing fields (on your left). Continue to the avenue of gum trees until you see the house. On weekends only you can park in the GSSHS car park.

    A complex paisley embroidery on a printed paisley fabric.
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    When: Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August & Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd September
    Time: 1pm to 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
    Where: 8254 Ford Street, Woodbridge 6056 WA. Woodbridge house is located down the drive at the corner of Ford Street and Third Avenue.
    Cost: Adult $8; Child/Concession $5; Group $5/10 persons or more; Family $20/ 2 adults, 2 children; NTWA Members - Free
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