Thursday, October 15, 2009

Interesting Images 

One of the few newsletters to which I subscribe is the British Library Images Library . This issue notes images from a wide selection of their collections taking a look at myths and monsters.

Of course I drifted over to the shop and saw several books assembled for an exhibit on Henry VIII. Rats!!! I don't own any of them and I covet all of them!!! The British Library, both in person and online, has one of the best bookstores around if you are interested in history, art, bookarts, just about anything and everything.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Textile Images - Oh My 

Get ready to be lost in eye candy. I check in every once in a while on ArtFund, a site dedicated to documenting art purchased with the purpose of keeping it in UK collections. A search of the term "textile" yields 239 images.
The images are undoubtedly provided by the holding museums and vary in quality but are generally good and enlarged views are provided. Unfortunately sometimes no image is provided, only tantalizing indications of the item.

A woman's jacket employing an unusual vermiform design in gilt and spangles including a back view for those interested in construction.

A Stuart casket unusually accompanied by a carrying case covered with 18th century wallpaper made to protect it. It seems to have protected it well as the colors of the embroidery are bright and vibrant although the mounting board and braid are a bit disheveled.

Lest we forget the gentlemen - try a look at Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick's coat, waistcoat and amazingly stockings included. Undecorated clothing is less often preserved for us to see.

For some delicate Jacobean embroidery

As usual, don't blame me if you are caught up surfing and surfing and surfing for embroidery.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Game Time 

Now I gave up games when I mastered Tetris and Leather Goddesses of Phobos (showing my age again) but the announcement of Medieval Games set for wii playstation seems enticing. Don't worry folks, I won't be spending time on it - I don't have the requisite toys to play with.


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Monday, October 12, 2009


My friend Andrea (Giggles to some of us) posted a comment that took me right down memory lane. The past few years have caused me to curb my travel and a good deal of physical activity but oh boy the memories of my golden years are nothing short of glorious.

Not only do I remember blackwork stitching with Steve in their Starbeck living room, but I remember the many arrivals on the local train at twilight time, pulling the old battered suitcase along the street to their front door and being enveloped by friends, kidlets, pets, aromas, chatter, news, hugs and eventually an arm-in-arm walk out to the shops with Andrea. This was the time away from family and fuss when we could exchange confidences, encourage each other and generally feel as if we had not lost a minute's time apart. The shops meant last minute purchases of this and that and of course sweeties for the kids. This is why a blackwork pattern in one of my books is named Starbeck because it looks like candies tossed from above.

Not only did Andrea and Steve share a love of stitching with me, they shared their family life with me. Who else would give me a Yorkshire Pudding lesson and a well-seasoned pudding pan from her own cupboard. And yes Andrea, it is still with me. None of the moves have dislodged it from my collection.

I'm hoping the golden years come about again, but if not, nothing can erase my golden memories.


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