Image and Data Resources from the Met

I came across and interesting article on the Metropolitan Museum's Web page that states the will have an "Open Access Policy" to images they believe are in the public domain.  So I put in 'Medieval Textiles' and an 'good' image of Courtiers in a Rose Garden: A Lady and Two Gentlemen came up with the Public Domain symbol displayed.

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Then I put in 'Medieval Embroideries' and got very excited.  (This is a section of a larger work.)

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I am going to be able to look at and uses as inspiration such a range of work.

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More Loot

On the road again and this time the destination was Toowoomba.  Always a good hunting ground. There are lots of interesting shops, artists, gardens and Op shops.

The Op shops were first on the list after I had attended to business.  I was looking for a small bar tin for baking.  My husband thought the other was old so he threw it out.  It was one like my Mother had and not easily replaced.  I found a tin but not the one I wanted but I also found lots of things I hadn't even thought about. Like these lovely little Japanese dolls.  All $2 each.

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And another bunch of things that I can't show because they are going into the Christmas draw.  But let me say that I spent another $20 on 5 presents!

Then I saw there was a sale on at Hana's, which is a family department store.  I only bought 2 shirts but I have noted lots of things for my next visit.  Out to the patchwork shops where there were sales but everything I liked was full price.  Some nice Moda fabric.

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Just some top ups on Shadowplay.

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Some nice 'boy' fabric, small scissors and thread.

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Then onto the craft show.  It was very hot by this time and I think I parked my car illegally under some trees at the University but I wasn't booked thank goodness.  Here I caught up with lots of people I knew and found some bits and pieces I have been looking for.  New blade for the rotary cutter and needles which I keep dropping and can never find again.  (I'm sure there is an imp that collects them.)

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Some Japanese thread I want to trial.

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A stand for my rulers.

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I think I could do with a second one of these as I have lots of templates still in packets!

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That was all stuff I needed.  The rest is, well I wanted it.  A lovely hand turned bowl in Campher Laurel.  The smell is divine.

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Finally I am starting to find some Australian wool producers.  With all the wool the country produces it is a crime that we have to buy from over seas.  I only bought the one hank of wool to trial.  We will see how it goes.

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Good thing I remembered to put the trolley in the car boot because I would never have got it home otherwise!

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I think I had better stay home for a while to let my wallet recover.

 


WIPW

I thought I was finished with this book cover but I decided to change the stitching and use it for my "Exploring More Stitches" class.  I was only going to do small inserts of detail and perhaps those in the class who don't want to spend a lot of time on the piece could still do this.  But I have decided that this sample should have a fully stitched band across the design.

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I have tried to use a range of stitches  and then use those stitches in different ways.  From left to right the tree truncks use Herringbone stitch, the next two are an alternate back stitch, Pekinese stitch, Stem stitch and finally Cretian Stitch.  I still need to put in the details of vines, flowers and birds.

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A Schoolgirls Work

I received a lovely book as a gift from my friend Angela.

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I had a look on Amazon and I can see that it is quite sort after, prices starting at $125 US!

It has some really interesting work in the book and I see that most of the samplers, which start from 1710, are silk stitched on linen.  But there was one unusual sampler which was wool stitched on linen.  It was stitched in 1809, and the wool hasn't been eaten or even looked at by moths.  So it is possible that stitching in wool could last.

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When I said unusual, I meant the inclusion of a steam engine in the piece.  There are a number of motive here that I could use and I love the borders.  This book is full of great inspiration, no wonder it is sort after. (I have put this image in at a higher resolution so if you click on the image you can get a close up.)

Now why am I worried about moths?  Well in my old house they ate through 2 Harris Tweed jackets, numerous woollen cardigans and a babies Hap.  I continue to keep an eye out for them.

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What to do with my wool thread?

I love working with my new wool thread, although I'm hoping that the moths will hate it.  Anyway I thought I would have a look around to see what was being stitched in wool thread.  Well there was all the cross stitch at Modern Folk Embroidery.

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Then I found Mira Bodiroza.  Look at this.

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All stitched in wool.

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You can see the stitches more clearly here.  I'm not sure if the base fabric is linen or wool.

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Following the thread I found Swedish Handcraft

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I think I have found what I am going to do with my threads.

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