Category Archives: Textiles

Kansas Troubles

I like scrappy quilts, especially the ones with small pieces and many different prints. But getting organised so that you have a good mixture of prints, well spread out, and still maintain a pattern puts me off. So when I … Continue reading

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My map quilt

For many years, I’ve been thinking about doing a block of the month project. There are usually a good selection available, but I never took the plunge. Sometimes there was a nagging idea that I could work something similar out … Continue reading

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My chess board project

You know how one thing leads to another? Our first “outside speaker” at the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society when we ventured onto zoom was Elizabeth Almond, who talked to us about blackwork. I told her that years ago, I made … Continue reading

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The National Garment Cutter Book of Diagrams: fabulous patterns from 1888

Many years ago, I needed to make myself a costume involving a bustle. I had plenty of pictures of the real thing, but couldn’t find any clues about how to start the construction. This book from 1888 was just what … Continue reading

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The colourful chemistry of artificial dyes

My first post of 2021 is to pass on an interesting article about the history of dyes. There are some fabulous pictures in this post. As usual, my favourites are the sample cards showing the range of colours. But as … Continue reading

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Roubaix – a textile town

Now, here is an idea for a trip when we get back to normal. Perhaps next summer, or the one after that. Roubaix was famous for its textiles from 18th century onwards. These days it is a suburb of Lille, … Continue reading

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Peacock

I have finally finished my peacock fire screen. He isn’t quite as I had planned, but then I didn’t think it through properly before I started. The feathers are sewn to a backing piece of felt, because they tended to … Continue reading

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The mystery of Gunnister Man

Here is an interesting post about Gunnister Man, a discovery in Shetland in 1951. There is an article to read and a half hour discussion to listen to as well. It is interesting to find out how much you can … Continue reading

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Make your own Bayeux tapestry

I have found a new game. Making Bayeux tapestry drawings. This is my first attempt. I feel I have to direct you to the My Modern Met site, as they brought it to my attention, and have gone to the … Continue reading

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Inspired by the Baldishol

The Baldishol tapestry is the oldest in Norway, and one of the oldest in Europe. It was found in the 17th century church at Baldishol in Nes, demolished in 1879. It was discovered balled up and covered in clay, under … Continue reading

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