Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amazing Embroidered Feat

For those of you who used to go to Sampler Gathering in Plymouth, you remember Elizabeth Creeden and her lovely shop.  Elizabeth also teaches, lectures, designs and does custom pieces too.  Her latest for a client is an amazing feat based on Alice in Wonderland.

It is embroidered with silk on wool damask and she will be giving a talk on the piece before it is delivered in a few weeks.  It is an original artwork created by Elizabeth, inspired by May Morris's embroideries.  Elizabeth will show some of her drawings at the talk. The piece is 7 foot square, give and take a little - which just blows my mind on size!

The talk is at Hedge House
Plymouth Antiquarian Society
Plymouth, MA

September 21st, 2014 at 2:00pm

I am sure this is really a delight to behold in person as I have seen Elizabeth's work!!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SANQ - Basket Issue

This new issue of Sampler and Needlework Quarterly features an article about 17th century beaded baskets I wrote as well as photos of historic pieces and it features Rachael Kinnison's amazing basket (for the contest I ran earlier) on the front cover!!

If you are interested in a copy, SANQ sells single copies on their website OR you can sign up for a subscription and get the current copy free plus the next four.  Go to their website for more info:  http://www.sanqmagazine.com

Congratulations Rachael on making the cover!!

If you want to see Rachael's newest ventures in 17th century beadwork, you can follow it on her blog:  http://ladysrepositorymuseum.blogspot.com.  She is making an authentic jewelry case like Martha Edlin did along with her casket.  Scroll down for the King - he is amazingly done!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Eye of the Needle Exhibition

One of two lovely caskets in the exhibit.  This one displayed so
you can take a peak inside the lid 
Wow - I have been wanting to blog about this wonderful exhibition for two weeks but have been stymied by a massive computer problem while traveling.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the opening of the Ashmolean exhibit curated by Mary Brooks on the Feller Collection.  Titled Eye of the Needle , it exhibits over seventy-five 17th century embroideries from the Feller's collection as well as a few from the Ashmolean.  Added to that are about a dozen piece in Gallery 5 (bottom floor) from the Ashmolean collection as well in pull out drawers and in cases.  That is almost 100 pieces in one place!

Mary did a fantastic job of picking from the collection and organizing them.  Some of the pieces just blew me away, including the needlelace sampler worked in colored silks and silver threads.  Speaking to Mary at the opening, she was particularly happy with how it was hung.  She insisted in lowering the pieces 18" lower than the museum regulations so that "short women" could see every part of the
Just one corner of the exhibit.  The sweet bag set in the case
was never used and the color was as if it was made
piece up close.  I have to admit that at first I didn't realize that was why I felt like I could see everything so well - but that was just the trick!

Stacey T. and I at exhibit.  Thistle Threads donated
 all the materials for the touch me panels.

My recommendation on this one is that if you can - go.  Swim across the pond if needed.  Mary's goal was to revive interest in 17th century embroidery in England and was inspired by the Bard exhibition by the MET to overwhelm with stunning pieces.  It succeeds!

The exhibit is open until October 12th.  Timed tickets are needed to enter the exhibition, but once in, you can go back in all day.  It will take a few hours to really absorb it.  One thing I wish I had done was buy a second copy of the Feller Book (Volume 2) and take notes in it next to the pieces as photos aren't allowed.

And if you go, remember to stop in Witney at Witney Antiques (30 min away) to look at the selection of samplers and 17th century embroidery there.  Always stunning pieces from coifs, nightcaps, mirrors, and pictures to be viewed.  And taken home if your account has enough shekels left in it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Teaser - Stumpwork Mirror

I thought before I posted about another student finish that I would put out there a few teaser images.  The stump work mirror frame project that was a late addition to the Cabinet of Curiosities Part II - Stumpwork Course is really heating up and starting to look good.  What do you think?

This month in the lessons we are spending time on all the bugs on the project.  There are all kinds of treatments with plenty of them looking as if they will get up and fly right off the fabric.

I am busy working on figures for upcoming lessons.

If you are interested in joining us for the course and maybe working this project, visit the stumpwork page on the link above in the blog menu.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lovely Ladies!

Today's set of details show the lovely ladies that make up the five senses on Janice's casket.  She did an amazing job of adding details such as stitching on top of the needlelace to add patterns to the dresses.  Another fun thing to point out is the imaginative use of a musical instrument miniature for Hearing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Friezes have wonderful details!

The friezes are wonderfully colored and detailed on Janice's casket.  She did a lovely job of stuffing and making the animals in them with needlelace to give them dimention over the tent stitched background.  Note that many of the flowers had needlelace petals as well and some seem padded to raise them above the background.

I will give a shameless plug for the Cabinet of Curiosities course here - you can see in some of the details the materials made for the course that give it that wonderful authentic finish - such as the glass eyes, silver tape and tin plated brass hardware.  These are the frostings that help add the it factor to Janice's imaginative and expert stitching.  But I can't take credit for the Ram and the addition of a shell to make his horns - that is all Janice and I just love it!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Details of Top of Janice's Casket

Today I want to show some details of Hagar and Abraham from the top of Janice's casket to give you an idea of the fantastic details she included.  The buttonhole edge to Hagar's cap, her hands, and the fabolous basket are just a few.