Pat Perryman's Edwardian adventure

PUBLISHED: 10:12 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:59 16 June 2010

HONITON'S world famous lace expert Pat Perryman has gone back in time for a new BBC television series.

HONITON'S world famous lace expert Pat Perryman has gone back in time for a new BBC television series.

She is to feature in Edwardian Farm, which is to be screened on BBC2 as a follow-on to the hugely popular Victorian Farm series.

Honitonian Pat, 71, travelled to Morwhellham Quay in the Tamar Valley to spend a day teaching social historian Ruth Goodman how to make lace.

"The series will follow a year in the life of an Edwardian miner's wife (Ruth)," said Pat.

"I went along to appear in an episode as a lace teacher."

In full Edwardian costume, including a genuine Edwardian hat, Pat was filmed opening the door of a cottage and welcoming Ruth to her first lesson.

The speaking role was fully embraced by Pat, who has travelled all over the world to give illustrated talks on lace making.

"The cottage had no electric and it was damp," she told the Midweek Herald. "It was also very cold.

"I took along suitable equipment and period lace from Allhallows Museum in Honiton.

"The cameramen were very intrigued by the making of lace. But Ruth quickly discovered making lace is not a quick way to make extra money."

To ensure she looked the part, Pat had to remove all her jewellery.

"I enjoyed it," she said. "It was an interesting experience and I enjoyed meeting Ruth, because she really was very nice."

Pat has been making lace for 41 years and is a world authority on Honiton Lace, which was a major cottage industry in Honiton prior to the industrial revolution.

Edwardian Farm will be screened in the autumn.


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