Weaving machinery at the Musée des arts et métiers

The Musée des arts et métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts) in Paris is one of those museums you will with find absolutely fascinating or just not your thing.

the Musée des arts et métiersIf you are a weaver or have done any weaving you will find their display of looms fascinating as they have models of all key looms and a circular knitting machine!

the Musée des arts et métiers loomYou can see me thoroughly enjoying myself here peering into the beautiful old cabinets trying to translate the notes.

the Musée des arts et métiersAlso of interest was this colour wheel for dyes

the Musée des arts et métiers colour wheelThis display on the invention and manufacture of rayon was also interesting.

the Musée des arts et métiers rayonAnyway as promised, I thought I would share the information about this gem as it is not on the main tourist track and when we visited it was quiet.

Jerry and I are sharing all our travel news  over on Tones and Tints.

Tutorial on How to make a fabric book

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Over on Shade tree Art I found a great illustrated step by step  tutorial on how to make a fabric book.

The method Shirley Hays employs to stitch the pages together produces a neat spine and a book which will behave as a book and lay flat when open. I discovered this link int the archives and am re-posting it as am sure some stitchers who are doing the TAST  (Take a stitch Tuesday challenge) will be interested. I can see this method a being useful for all sorts of samples.

While on the site see what Shirley Hays has done used hers for – a lovely fabric book of tatting samples !

Ever had trouble getting your digital photos to look right. Want to improve your craft photography?
There is a a great competition being held over on stitching fingers. The prize is a a free ticket to the Best Photo Forward Webinar!

What is a Webinar?

Webinar is short for Web-based Seminar, presentation, lecture, or workshop. They are held live but online. This is a live event, taking place on March 20, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. EST (That’s 8 p.m. on the east coast of the US.)

What is the workshop about?
How to handle digital photographs. How to do such things and straighten an image, get the right colours, resize an image etc. All the details are on the stitchin fingers page.

What do you have to do to win?

To enter, simply reply to this discussion, explaining what your biggest problem is with images of your embroidery.

Where is the discussion?

Follow this link as it is on stitchin fingers

A Cape of Spider Silk

The Victoria and Albert Museum is currently showcasing the world’s largest piece of cloth made from spider silk. That is right, spider web was harvested from golden orb spiders spun and woven into a brocaded shawl.
The website also features this short short film that reveals the  3 year process. Curious to learn more? There is  more information and a full transcript of the video on the V & A page.

Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley discuss Golden Spider Silk from Victoria and Albert Museum

A new form of gold thread


Interested in Gold work and/ or metal thread embroidery? This article in Science Daily about fiber technology will intrigue you at the least.

Textile researchers for the last decade have been researching methods if dispersing finely powdered titanium, aluminium, steel, copper and silver and then allowing these metals in atomic form to rain onto polyester fibers in order to coat the fiber. Why to produce a super fine metalic thread.

At the moment the technique is used for expensive high fashion garments ( I have some very real worries about the ethics of that) but I can see how the process  described in Finest Silk Made of the Purest Nanometer-Thin Gold Woven into Ties and Handkerchiefs, is likely to be developed for other forms of decorative textiles too.

Strange world we live in.