Heads up for all those folks enrolled in my Crazy quilting class. I am receiving emails about where to buy supplies and particularly lace etc. I noticed that Cathy’s Crazy by Design Etsy shop has been restocked with some really nice stuff so I thought I would share it here.
I am NOT affiliated in any way and get no kick back – not even a discount in her shop and feel I can recommend her honestly. I know Cathy as I met her when I taught in the States and as a customer have found her service is good.
So if you are in the shopping mood do check out Cathy’s Crazy by Design Etsy shop. Her hand dyed laces caught my eye but browse the other areas too. I loved the swan and Carousel horse on this page.
If you have forgotten where the list of supplies needed, you can find it here below the description of the class.
Constance Howard, was a inspiring teacher and author who pioneered embroidery in textile design and made a colossal impact on contemporary embroidery. Her books were published in the 60′s and 70′s and you spot them I am sure a contemporary embroiderer would still learn from them.
Make a cuppa and browse the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles which is hosted by Goldsmiths College, University of London. This is one of those online resources which become more enjoyable the more you poke about. You need to use the search box however. I typed “samplers” into the image search box and discovered lots of interesting textiles to browse and learn from.
Constance Howard worked this stitch sampler in black and white in the late 1970′s or early 1980s. It consists of rows of black and white stitching on a grey linen. Constance Howard is demonstrating working one stitch in 2 colours. Follow the link for close ups and details.
In this sample we can see Constance Howard experimenting with raised chain band.
This small sampler of multi-coloured, raised chain band is worked on red wool fabric by Constance Howard for one of her books
This sample worked by Constance Howard to illustrate the design process explained in her book ‘Inspiration for Embroidery’. The design is based on the two halves of a circle and realised in stiffened appliqué fabric.
This experimental sampler of free surface stitches is described as ‘Nets made with stitches, spots made with stitches‘ written on the mount by Constance Howard.
As I said all of these samples were worked between the 60′s to the 80′s and contemporary embroiderers owe her much as her creativity and emphasis on design pushed embroidery into a direction that many today do not venture! She was the first to say “it’s Ok to explore a stitch” and saw stitches as making graphic marks.
The Constance Howard sampler Resource and Research Centre in Textiles collection held by the University of London at Goldsmiths, pay the site a visit and learn a bit about contemporary embroidery too!
Make a cuppa and take a small break and view this TED talk by Margaret Wertheim as it is interesting and if you have not encountered the Coral Reef Project before it is quite amazing. The Beautiful Math of Coral is about the Crochet Coral Reef Project which is created using a crochet technique devised by a mathematician using hyperbolic geometry.
If you are an email subscriber click on the title which will take you to the blog where you can watch it.
If you have not heard of the Coral Reef Project visit their website
I found a very Curious sampler and I wonder if anyone has encountered anything like it.
In the Salisbury Museum which has some great lace samples, some stumpwork, costume and accessories one of the items that caught my attention was a Sampler that recorded the results of the Wiltshire election of 1819. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Click on the image to see a larger view.
It was behind glass in a room that was not well lit and this is best photo I could do. As you can see each candidates name is recorded and the number of votes. The piece was works in cross stitch on what looks like linen.
There was no accompanying information and it has really sparked my curiosity as I cant remember seeing a sampler that recorded political results quite like this. If any of my readers know more about his or samplers like it please let me know.
My holiday is progressing well. If you are interested in our travels make a cuppa and visit Tones and tints