Friday, 18 April 2014

Eggceptional Chick Knits Charity Surprise Raises £6,000

An appeal by Francis House Children's Hospice in Manchester, UK for knitted chicks has seen it receive a surprise flock of around 6,300. The request for Easter chicks to sell was made in national knitting magazines and online. Hundreds of knitters sent chicks from as far afield as the Orkney Islands, Cornwall and Spain. Chick knit co-ordinator, Amy Swatkins, said: the response exceeded our eggspectations. The chicks are sold with a small chocolate Easter Egg in charity stores and schools and raise around £6,000.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

First Edition Modern Embroidery £35 $70 €50 Including Shipping

Another rare and special vintage embroidery book, Modern Embroidery is the historic record of an exhibition of modern embroidery organized by the British Institute of industrial Art at the Victoria &Albert Museum in 1932.
Containing 128 pages, this soft back book of 1933 - over 80 years old! - has full page descriptions of the pieces, including illustrations, and wonderfully pristine hand-mounted colour illustrations.
Of historic interest are panels designed by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
I am sorry this book is now sold.

First Edition Norwegian Knitting Designs £27 $55 €40 Including Shipping

There are later editions of this book from the 60s but this is a first edition of 1952 - so this rare heirloom hard-back book is over 60 years old.
Containing over 60 pages the charted patterns are equally as good for stitching as for knitting.
I am sorry this book is now sold.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Nelson Memorial Sampler @ Auction 20 April 2014

On 30 April Lot 59 at auction at Charles Miller Ltd (Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art) is this early 19th century commemorative Lord Nelson Tribute Sampler. It is stitched on a light green velvet ground within coloured silk laurel border with gilt paper trophy at the top and is mounted within an early 19th-Century gilt frame. Overall measurements are 20½" x 15½" (52cm x 39.5cm)and the sampler comes with an estimate of £300 - £400.