Sunday, 24 August 2014

Can You Solve the Mystery of the New Found Ackworth School Sampler - Nigel Butler, Wickersley Antiques

I had a lovely email from Nigel last week telling me about a new found Ackworth School sampler. The sampler comes with a slip of paper on which is the following text: I wish this to be given to Jane Kerchiss / MARY MAW BARBER ne BAYLDON / was born 24 December 1818 must have / been very young when she did this SP. Nigel says that he doesn't know when this was written but it was probably before or at the time the sampler was framed. (The sampler has been folded at some time perhaps after it was finished.) On the face of it - it all looks pretty clear cut. However, it isn't. There was no Mary Bayldon or Baildon or Mary Maw or Mary Barber at Ackworth School. The closest possible match I can get with the name is Louisa Maw from Gainsborough who was a scholar at Ackworth School 1826-1828. Both Louisa Maw and Mary Maw Bayldon came from Gainsborough - but I cannot trace a family link between them. Can you? Or perhaps there is a different way of solving this mystery. Nigel would appreciate your help. You can contact Nigel through his web-site - just click here.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

SOLD Les Indiennes * £8 €12 $50 Shipping included (New Zealandf & Australia $55)

This is a French language hardback book of 64 pages in pristine condition - it is lovely!
There are 10 charts for patterns taken from Les Indiennes - which were imported cloths from India, very popular in the South of France from the 18th century onwards
and to this day they are seen in fashion stores like Souleiado.
The ribbon patterns are just a joy to work and you can combine them in many ways for many occasions.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

SOLD Schwalm Needlework * £12 €18 $55 Shipping Included (Australia and New Zealand $60)

This is a pristine jacketed softback book in Japanese
Schwalm needlework is just so beautiful and lends itself to many uses - and this book is full of really lovely projects
the ideas for bag decorations are inspired
along with more traditional projects such as wedding ring cushions for the big day.
All the patterns and working instructions are so detailed and clear - it is like having a teacher in the room with you
If only all needlework books had such clear instructions!

SOLD Hardanger * £12 €18 $55 Shipping Included (Australia & New Zealand $60)

Another beautiful Japanese language book - this time a jacketed softback book in pristine condition.
There is a delight of needlework projects (is that the right collective noun for needlework projects - or do you know a better one?)
Again, many of the projects are small and very accessible to first-timers
The quality of the detailed working instructions is wonderful
and in spite of the language difference, the pictures speak for themselves.