Friday, October 12, 2007

Dashing About -- Embroidery Everywhere 

Hello there from London. We are experiencing marvelous weather with the exception of the one day we went further afield to Witney.

Witney Antiques is just now in the midst of their annual exhibit and the theme this year is 18th century samplers and embroideries. Joy Jarret's collection is very strong in this period and the exhibit and catalog reflected this abundance.

Back to the V&A on Wednesday for a look at the British Galleries and a talk about British Samplers through the ages. Then out to Woods Green and Ally Pally for the Knitting and Stitching Show. Lovely to see old friends Felicity Warnes and Dorothy Gibbs. Especially wonderful to see Dorothy on her feet and assisting in a booth. Gone are the days when she could not even attend the show due to wonky knees.

Felicity gave me a peek at the new book researching Henry VIII wardrobe and it is a real winner on the wish list folks.

Lots of fibers at Oliver Twist, Steff Francis, Mulberry Silks, Texere -- you get the picture. Thousands of women, med and lots of young folks as well --- lusting for needlework and crafts supplies.

Back to the V&A and the NAL today. And then in the afternoon, the Army Museum to look at historic uniforms dripping with goldwork.

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