Thursday, 31 May 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Exhibition of Needle Lace in Bologna 2 June 2012 - 10 June 2012 * Thinking of You in a Time of Earthquakes
It seems there is no end to the earth's tectonic plate movements - the terrible quakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, Japan and now the latest two around 20 miles north of Bologna which have caused devastation and loss of life. Our thoughts are with you.
Il Merletto di Bologna is a group of friends who share a passion for needlelace developed in their beautiful city of Bologna. Some were students of the last Bolognese lacemaker who belonged to the famous Aemilia Ars and they pass on their knowledge and their experience to new members, so that this great art can be kept alive. The purpose of Il Merletto di Bologna is to search for ancient drawings and to execute them in lace while also creating new designs which maintain the strong traditions of the Aemilia Ars."
And if you are in the area in early June you can go and see some of these wonderful works at an exhibition at the Oratorio dei Teatini on the Strada Maggiore in Bologna.
After the official opening on 2 June 2012 at 16.30 it will be open every day 3-10 June from 9.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.00. These are just a few samples of the exquisite work made by this wonderful group, to see more just click here.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Monday, 28 May 2012
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Sunday, 27 May 2012
Instructions: Click here next Click Open, then click the .EXE file name and click Run, when you see the jigsaw puzzle, click Play Too many pieces? Try clicking on Trays on the top tool bar to create any number of resizeable trays to sort your pieces ........ you can also click the Cheat button and watch the puzzle solve itself! The software is by David Gray designer of Jigsaws Galore - the powerful jigsaw player and creator for Windows.
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Saturday, 26 May 2012
Having meditated upon the sorry state of some samplers yesterday, I did wonder how many ended up at the bottom of the cloth chain for use to dry dishes.
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Although these are called tapestry mugs, the designs are straight off stitched Stuart panels of the mid 1600s in the V&A. The design above is called the Pear Tree Mug and costs £10.99 and the one below is Castle Mug and is also £10.99. You can also buy both of them for £20.99. Just click here for more details.
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Friday, 25 May 2012
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Thursday, 24 May 2012
I know some of you were over in the UK not so long ago, on the terrific Jacket Tour. You will, no doubt have enjoyed seeing these two examples in the Museum of London.
However, if you were unable to make the trip, then here is your chance to see them with close-up details of the stitching.
It is very difficult to have a clear preference, though I like the graphic effect of this simple barberry design.
Here you can see how the design works at the detail level.
Not only are there the jackets - there is also a skirt which I think is just fabulous.
Look at this - I would love to stitch one to wear - it doesn't look difficult to execute once drawn. Below you can see a tout ensemble with jacket and skirt. Top see these images and many more details of the embroidery close up, just click here to visit the Museum of London.
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Wednesday, 23 May 2012
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
I first met Dawn Lewis in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge some years ago. She had brought a group of sampler lovers over to the UK from the USA and they were having a tour of the sampler collection. She is a very calm and collected person, quietly spoken. A gentle-woman. It was a pleasure to meet her.
Dawn has a delightful collection of samplers for sale at her web-site Needlework Antiques and it is really a treat to go and look at her new offerings - this Spanish sampler with the giraffe above is fabulous!
And of course I love seeing Quaker samplers - I think this one may be from Ackworth School. Did you notice all the Quaker motifs on the top sampler, too?
To see all Dawn's stunning samplers just click here.
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I do apologise. Some of you must think I am very standoffish as you have requested to be my friend on Facebook. That is really lovely of you and I am so chuffed to be invited to be your friend. The problem is that my personal Facebook is where I sort out the family problems and ups and downs and generally check up to make sure they are all eating enough greens and remembering to return library books. This blog is really my page for friends - where I share my thoughts and you can always email me at any time by clicking on the flying angel.
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Sunday, 20 May 2012
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Saturday, 19 May 2012
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Friday, 18 May 2012
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Thursday, 17 May 2012
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012
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Tuesday, 15 May 2012
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Monday, 14 May 2012
You can read all about Darlene and much more inside the latest Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. I have been a subscriber to SANQ for years and just love the articles and stitching projects. I have an extra copy as a give away to go into the free draw this week. Just click on the flying angel below to enter.
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