Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Not blogging much lately - dratted day job and VERY busy planning last minute stuff for our annual October tour to London.

But I happened across a nice bit of text on Ottoman period embroidery from the Turkish tourist agency. Wish there were more pictures - but don't we always?

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Sunday, August 15, 2004


Sidewalk art can be pretty fascinating, but this artist is above and beyond.

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Friday, August 13, 2004


I just found out about Kim Brody Salazar's blog String-Or-Nothing. Kim is one of my heroines in the historical needlework world. She slaved over her publication, The New Carolingian Modelbook and is a whiz at the history of knitting. I am astounded by her new use of modelbuch patterns in filet crochet. I'm sure a piece of filet crochet by my grandmother was inspired by an early lacis pattern. I just haven't connected it yet. Squares are squares are squares and these timeless designs are only limited by the confines of our imagination.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004


Whilst in the midst of a tidy fit I found a book I forgot I owned and had not really looked at. Twentieth-Century Lace by Ernst-Erik Pfannschmidt. (1975) ISBN 0 684 14375 5

Lace isn't really my forte but I bought it because "it was there and I didn't have it". Mr. Pfannschmidt is an architect who learned lace making from his mother but then became fascinated with the history of lace making. Although there is a good deal about modern lace making and plates of modern pieces there is a good deal of content about the history of lace and netting and knotting including diagrams of netting knots from textiles found at archaeological sites.

This is not a "core" book but certainly one worth owning for the information not found elsewhere.

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I may be an old stick-in-the mud but I don't think I'll probably progress to wearing a textile that is a computer screen.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2004


First I was depressed today. I got my copy of Needlework Retailer - that slick trade mag with all the clever projects in it and the color ads by the BIG GIRLS of the biz. I'll never make it I think. Why can't I just design ONE clever whoozits that will make me rich and just let me keep my head in a library 365/365? My stuff is SOOOO plain and bread and butter sort of design.

But then, I got the nicest e-mail from Meg Shinall saying she had actually stitched the Christmas ornament I did for the ornament round robin she sponsored at Rockome this year. When a busy designer/publisher/teacher takes the time to stitch one of your designs, it's far from faint praise.

Meg's a talented designer and although she is fully involved in the family business, she is not just Ginnie Thompson's daughter. She is a force unto herself, and a nice person to boot.

A nice e-mail beats slick ads any day (or evening)

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Sunday, August 01, 2004


Amongst other things, Jacqueline Myers' blog covers her new knitting adventures and her 5K run to support breast cancer research. The run takes place in October so you have time to make a small donation in support of this runner/knitter.

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