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.

Work in Progress Wednesday Block 34 done

Crazy quilt block 34Life has been busy but at least I have managed to complete this block this week. So I can declare that

I have completed block 34 for my next crazy quilt.

As usual if click on the block you can  see a larger version and I have a few details of the stitching to share as well. I hope readers enjoy seeing what I have done.

Crazy quilt block 34 detail

You will find all the other blocks in this series the Lace Quilt category

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The idea behind Work in Progress Wednesdays (WIP Wednesdays) is to encourage people to complete large and/or languishing projects. So if you are in the process of working a large project, share your progress via a blog or public photo site like flickr.

The theory is, that if you regularly report publicly on a project you are more likely to pick it up and work it a little. Even if it means the project is out and ‘looking at you’ for most stitchers it means they will work it a little.

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R. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions a free ebook online

fashion illustration from R. Ackermann's Repository of FashionsR. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions was published 1829 and has been digitized and made available as free Google ebook.

For those with a tablet it is easily read or you can view it on your computer.

The book contains some really lovely fashion plates of the day which will be of great interest to anyone interested in the history of costume. They have a charm of their own that delighted me.

Also many crazy quilters print on fabric vintage images then incorporate these into their crazy quilt blocks they are the modern equivalent to cigarette silks.

fashion illustration from R. Ackermann's Repository of FashionsFor those readers who do not do crazy quilting on antique crazy quilts you will often find little pictures and images that were printed on silk. If you are interested here is an article about Cigarette Silks. These came in cigarette packets and women used to collect them and they got used in crazy quilts.

Today with the aid of computers, many quilters print images on their own fabric and use the prints in the tradition of cigarette silks. The prints produced this way are even abbreviated to the words like “silk cigie” or just “cigie”. Many of the colour pages in R. Ackermann’s Repository of Fashions could be adapted to make repro silks.

free embroidery pattern from R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
Also the book contains many interesting embroidery patterns used in that period.

free embroidery pattern from R. Ackermann's Repository of FashionsI have taken a few screenshots in the hope of enticing you to look at and enjoy reading R. Ackermann’s Repository of Fashions. Many of the patterns for borders could be used to cover crazy quilt seams. Single motifs could easily be adapted to be used in the center of patches.

free embroidery pattern R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
As you can see there are many useful resources in R. Ackermann’s Repository of Fashions, for any crazy quilter who adapts historical material to a modern use. I browsed these pages my imagination went to creating a series of Jane Austin themed crazy quilt blocks using this publication as a jumping off spot.

 

 

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

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My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

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Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
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