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Rita Beales

Both the Bealeses were active in the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (founded 1931) and participated in the 1935 Whitechapel Art Gallery Exhibition which was its high point. They also exhibited annually with the Red Rose Guild at the Houldsworth Hall, Manchester, and were active in the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen from its inception in 1938. They also sold their textiles through London craft shops and privately, with loyal clients returning often.

Rita Beales was a strict worker who followed a seasonal timetable and her own weaving methods, perfected for linen. All her patterns, she claimed, were worked out in her head and transferred straight to the loom without drafting. Although she was a good demonstrator of both spinning and weaving, she did little formal teaching and no writing.

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