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.

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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.


The Historic Tale Construction Kit

screenshot of siteI have no idea how people might use The Historic Tale Construction Kit but it has a fun connection to the history of textiles so I thought I would share. The Historic Tale Construction Kit is an interactive site where you can build you own story based on the embroidery found in the Bayeux Tapestry. Its a story cloth of another kind!
Elements from this historic piece have been digitised so that you can rearrange them to tell your own story. You can add graphic elements to the main area and save images to create you own historical textile comic strip. There are a variety of people, warriors, animals, buildings and other things that you can use.

It’s fun and since you can keep the image you could easily send them to friends.

Originally the Historic Tale Construction Kit was a Flash application created by Karnebogen and Jungbluth but it does not exist online anymore. So Johannes Jander rebuilt is in HTML and JavaScript.

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.