Homemade by the Porters: arts, crafts and needlework


See homemade clothing and textiles 1910-1997 made by Florence Porter and her daughters Ella and Hazel. On display are clothing and accessories plus exquisite crochet, lace and embroidered household linens. Marvel at the making and mending of yesteryear.

Visitors will also see some of the certificates won by the Porter women in annual shows from Newcastle to Gresford, Muswellbrook and Dungog. Florence was a skilled needleworker who won prizes for her crocheted doilies, milk jug covers, edged guest towels and sandwich tray covers. Daughter Ella specialised in original hand-cut stencils which were used to decorate everything from cushions to chair covers. In later years, Ella worked in seagrass, producing fruit baskets, picnic and hand bags. See items produced by skilled homemakers of the early twentieth century.

Miss Porter’s House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West

  • Sunday 14 March 1pm – 4pm
  • Adults $10, Concessions $8, Family $25, children under 5 free
  • Enquiries 4927 0202

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