Author Archives: The Proof Angel

About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.

Wedding dresses through the ages

The Pump Room in Harrogate is always worth a visit, although I have never managed to sample the “health giving” waters. The smell is too much for me. At the moment, there is another reason to visit. Until 15th September … Continue reading

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A group gardening project

Members of the Richmond and Leyburn branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild are working on a project together. They are selecting typical pictures of Harlow Carr gardens, known as the Wisley of the north, near Harrogate, dividing them into squares, and … Continue reading

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Tie dye scarf

This scarf has a history. In about 1986, I was in a production of The Boyfriend with the now defunct Moseley Operatic Society. I was issued with a costume for the fancy dress ball scene: a seriously bright yellow peasant top, … Continue reading

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WW2 silk escape map dress sold in Harrogate

Now I know I’m a bit slow, but I’ve only just found this on Twitter. A silk map designed to help prisoners of war to escape, made into a dress. How would you like to have a silk map dress?

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The myths and meaning woven into Norwegian sweaters

Here is a fascinating article about the Sweater Detective, a lady who knows practically all there is to know about the myths and meaning woven into Norwegian sweaters.

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Nine days a week

Another collection of pictures from the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. This time it is Nine days a week by Jane McKeating, a project based on found handkerchiefs, using a mixture of fibres and pigments.

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The history of knitting

This post gives an excellent summary of the history of hand knitting. As you would expect from the V&A. One of my favourite London haunts.

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Crayon colours

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Hand in hand: The artistic and spiritual life of Dame Werburg Welch

If you get the chance, I can really recommend a trip to Ushaw, near Durham, to see this exhibition of church vestments, decorated with bands embroidered and woven by nuns under the supervision of Dame Werburg Welch (1894-1990). You can … Continue reading

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Rolling out a carpet for hope

Here is more from the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. This installation by Sian Martin was inspired by a project to re-hydrate the desert in Africa, where they plant a corridor of saplings to draw water … Continue reading

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