A very unusual sampler Has anyone seen anything like this?

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.

samplerIt 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.
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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.

Friday Freebie a free book online

I thought I would highlight another gem found in the Antique pattern Library and provide some eye candy that hopefully temps some of my readers to investigate further

free hand embroidery patternThese patterns are all from 4 pdf files described in the Antique pattern Library as
“Dillmont, Th. de, ed. D.M.C. Broderie au passé, La . Mulhouse, Dollfus Mieg & Cie, [c.1900], [35 pgs] plus the text pages from the German edition.”

free hand embroidery patternThey are in German but the pdf files 2 and 3 particularly contain many floral patterns and designs.

free hand embroidery patternTo find this book

free bookOn  the Antique Pattern Library Catalogue page go to the letter D and scroll down until you see this book cover next to a description which reads

“Dillmont, Th. de, ed. D.M.C. Broderie au passé, La . Mulhouse, Dollfus Mieg & Cie, [c.1900], [35 pgs] plus the text pages from the German edition.”

Friday freebies is a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks.  All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.


Friday Freebie a free book online

screenshot of book coverI am having a tidy up of PDF files I have down loaded at various times and printing them out as I have found that leaving them on the computer means they get forgotten if I am not careful. So expect a few more pointers to gems like this over the next couple of weeks.

In the process I found another gem in the Antique Pattern Library. I think readers will enjoy but you might need to invest in some printing ink.

The full and wordy title is A Treatise on Embroidery, Crochet and Knitting with illustrations adapted to the use of M.Heminway and Sons’ Wash Silks (Oriental Dyes).

This gem was published in 1899 and is available  from the Antique Pattern Library. You will need Acrobat Reader to open and read these files. You can download  a free reader on the Acrobat site.

This  post is eye candy heavy but I hope people will realise that the book is worth downloading and enjoying.

free hand embroidery pattern

Embroiderers you will discover a number of different combination stitches in the first section of the book. You can see the influence of crazy quilting. I think crazy quilters will this section particularly interesting.

page15 of embroidery bookAlso this is the type of book where I find variations to stitches for instance I found an interesting variation of of “buttonhole feather stitching” on page 15. I will have to investigate it further because at first glance it looks like closed Cretan stitch but my point is that this is just the sort of source where I find interesting variations of stitches. it is easy to dismiss these books because the illustrations are hand drawn and they are old fashioned but they are a huge resource.

Thread painting patterns

 

There is a growing interest in thread painting. I thought I would highlight this a there are some lovely patterns in this book. Free thread painting pattern 2

Apart from some really lovely embroidery patterns also included are some alphabets which are always handy. These fantastic designs look as if they are classic botanical illustrations.

Free Thread painting Pattern

Sorry about the heavy eye candy but there is some very nice material in this book and I encourage you to look at it.

Free Thread painting Pattern

From page 56 onwards there is small section on Drawn thread work before moving on to Crochet, Lace and knitting. Since I am not a knitter I can not really say how useful some of these patterns are but I did like some of the sock patterns!

To find this book

On the  Antique Pattern Library Catalogue page go to the letter F and scroll down to approximately  half way on the  Since Anna Grayson Ford was the editor this resource is listed under Ford, Anna Grayson, ed., et al., Treatise on Embroidery, Crochet and Knitting with Illustrations