Category Archives: Textiles

Butterfly quilt

This started when I saw a pattern in a magazine for a bold black and white quilt, with a spalsh of bright colour. After a lot of fabric browsing, I decided I liked the design, but I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Veils: the new norm?

In these interesting times, when many of us are sewing face masks, here is a reminder that we have worn face coverings before, as a fashion item. One of my favourite museums, the Shetland Museum, has posted this article about … Continue reading

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Needles of a Nation: Knitting at the Great Exhibition of 1851

Here is a fascinating post about knitting at the Great Exhibition of 1851, with some interesting pictures!

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An Indigo Story

Here is a nice, but short, video about traditional indigo processes. With some lovely photography. Just make sure you maximize it on your screen so you can see the subtitles. But you won’t see the technique in this picture with … Continue reading

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Shetland lace blouses

This is following on with the theme of knitting from the Northern Isles. When you see knitted lace, it is usually an edging for something, or a scarf or shawl. But as these pictures show, that was not always the … Continue reading

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Spinning wheels

I’ve found a new game. The National Trust have put photos of their collection online, and you can search it in all sorts of different ways. How about that for an excellent way of looking a interesting stuff? This link … Continue reading

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Tassels

I love every part of this post about┬ámaking beautiful tassels. Apart from the tassels themselves, just look at those racks of thread. And there is the machinery, and… Even if I could afford to go mad in a tassel shop … Continue reading

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The world’s largest pictorial carpet

Wow. Well, if you are going to have something big on your wall, you might as well make it interesting. Read about the world’s largest pictorial carpet.

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The last of the Festival of Quilts 2019

This is my final selection of pictures from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. These are the ones that didn’t group together nicely with any of the others. For example, this one on the left, … Continue reading

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Hexagons at the Festival of Quilts 2019

My very first experience of patchwork was with hexagons. I must have been about 6 or 7, and I made it with offcuts from my rag doll’s dresses. I still have the dresses, and Beth still watches over my desk … Continue reading

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