Tuesday, 22 February 2011
A book by Effie Mitrofanis about Casalguidi embroidery. I had been wanting this book for a long time, but I could not quite justify buying it. When I finished my Casalguidi sample, I felt that I have earned it and managed to track it down. It is second hand, with some sign of age, but in a very good condition otherwise.
Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge, "Making Welsh Quilts". It has been a little bit of a quest in tracking down this book. I ordered it from Amazon (or rather one of their merchants) over a month ago, and although they confirmed that the book has been sent out, it has never arrived. There has been some exchange of emails, as you can imagine, and in the end I received a gift certificate from the merchant, which more then covered the cost of the book and the postage from other supplier. The problem was that everywhere else it seems to be out of stock. Eventually I found it at Rainbow Crafts and the book arrived yesterday. Just having a quick look last night, I can say that it has been well worth my effort! Lovely photographs, very good projects with very clear instructions. As the subtitle suggests, the book is making a possible connection between Welsh and Amish quilts.
The two books below have been on my bookshelf for some years now, both about Amish quilts, both very interesting. My favourite of the two is the one on the left, which is more substantial, with lots of good photographs.
Sunday, 20 February 2011
A list of requirements and a title "Stitch a Gem", that was all I knew before I set out on a lovely spring morning for our Embroiderer's Guild workshop yesterday. It turned out to be embroidered pendants.
So, a few pieces of felt, sheers, pelmet Vilene, bondaweb, embroidery and beads later, this is my two sided pendant.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Am I walking around with a "big head" today? Absolutely!
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Monday, 14 February 2011
Saturday, 12 February 2011
When John Styles was researching his book about everyday fashion in the 18th century, The Dress of the People, he found that very little of the clothing of the poor people has survived. He was told about the Foundling Museum in London. It is the Museum of the Foundling Hospital, found in 1739, London's first home for abandoned children. The Foundling Hospital no longer exists, but its work is being carried on by the children's charity Coram, making it the oldest children's charity in Britain.
Thousands of babies were abandoned and left at the Foundling Hospital. The exhibition Threads of Feeling concentrates on the period 1740 - 1770. Although many of the babies were just left, with no care for their welfare, some of the mothers (most of them could not read and write) left with their children various little tokens of love, many of them small scraps of fabrics or ribbons, as in a hope that this would identify the child sometime in the future, should they be able to claim the child back, which rarely happened. The staff at the hospital kept these tokens, or a piece of child's clothing, attaching them to the child's registration form and these were kept as part of the hospital's ledgers.
With some 5,000 pieces, the ledgers have become the largest archives of 18th century textiles in this country, as many of the pieces came from the mother's dress or an adult clothing.
I lived in and around London for 25 years, but this is the first time I have learned about the Foundling Museum. Isn't this typical? Well, I have booked my coach ticket and I hope to see the exhibition before it's end on 6th March.
Thank you, Sue, for bringing it to our attention!
P.S. Anyone interested in buying the book and can't get it from Amazon (they are out of stock right now), I got mine from V&A Museum's shop on line.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Fabric: Minster Linen - 28ct
Threads: DMC Cotton Perle 5 & 8, shade 676
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
When I was clearing my inbox today I came across an email I received a few weeks ago (no, I am not very good at computer maintenance!)
We posted an article that we thought you and your readers might be interested in having a look at, “40 Idea Blogs for Kids Crafts" (http://www.changeofaddress.org/blog/2010/40-idea-blogs-for-kids-crafts/ ). I am happy to let you know that your site has been included in this list.
Thanks for your time!
The site is called "Change of Address", not somewhere I would expect my blog to be listed, LOL!
But you never know! Browsing down the list of blogs included, I found some interesting fellow bloggers, you can have a look here.