AN exclusive range of downloadable knit and crochet patterns is to be launched.

The designs have been inspired by work by Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, whose collection of embroidery, lace and costume is on display at Gawthorpe Hall, in Padiham.

The new patterns will be available from at £3.25 each from Monday. They have been created by a group of five designers and makers, who were invited to spend a day at Gawthorpe Hall, with unlimited access to Miss Rachel’s extensive collection.

Jennie Pitceathly, director of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, said: “These incredible designers were introduced to the collection and like so many of our visitors came away inspired and brimming with ideas, enthused by the enduring philosophy and passion of Miss Rachel.

"She believed that creating something beautiful, through the mastery of a craft or skill was life enhancing, as well as practical and educational. “The sale of these contemporary patterns will help secure this remarkable collection for generations to come.”