Who was Lady Denman? ~Downton Abbey Knits~

While researching ideas to submit for Interweave's recent publication, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits, I stumbled across a very fascinating historical figure, Lady Gertrude Denman. Have you heard of her? I hadn't, but was enthralled. I really wanted to create a design inspired by the agricultural work done my women during the first world war, and named my vest design submission after her.

Apparently the editors wanted to learn more about her, too, as they asked me if I would be interested in writing a profile about her for the publication. Actively involved in politics from a young age, she was the first President of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, a Director of Westminster Press, and later the Director of the Women's Land Army. I was looking for a "real life" Lady Edith, I guess you can say I found one! 

I hope you enjoy my article about her in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits. What an inspiring woman!

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