Queen Of The Tea Towel

The People's Friend Special - - OUT AND ABOUT -

Pat Al­beck’s work for the Na­tional Trust is cel­e­brated with the re­lease of a new book, show­cas­ing her de­signs.

AN im­mensely pop­u­lar tex­tile de­signer, Pat Al­beck was hired by the Na­tional Trust to cre­ate some unique tea tow­els for their mer­chan­dise range. Her son Matthew Rice pro­vides a cap­ti­vat­ing in­sight into her fas­ci­nat­ing de­signs in a new book cel­e­brat­ing her muchloved work. These tes­sel­lat­ing jelly moulds, cop­per pans and rolling-pins were in the kitchen at Lan­hy­drock.

Pat’s or­nitho­log­i­cal in­ter­ests were se­verely lim­ited – al­though fond of chick­ens and more so of white ducks, black­birds were re­ally the only wild bird she claimed an in­ter­est in.

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