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Constance Howard samplers online

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 samplerConstance 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.

Constance Howard samplerIn this sample we can see Constance Howard experimenting with raised chain band.

Constance Howard samplerThis small sampler of multi-coloured, raised chain band is worked on red wool fabric by Constance Howard for one of her books

Constance Howard samplerThis 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.

Constance Howard samplerThis 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!

A talk from Coral Reef Project organiser Margaret Wertheim

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


Embossed label Generator

label generator demolabel generator screenI found this neat online tool/toy which I think readers will enjoy. The Fuzzimo Embossed Label Image Generator website creates an image of embossed label which you can print out and use. There are 4 colours and 4 sizes to choose from and it literally takes minutes as you simply write text in a field and then click on the submit button. It generates an image that you can download and use.

I know scrapbookers and folks interested in paper arts will like it.

label generator demo

Also stitchers could easily print out the labels on fabric and incorporate them in stitched projects. It would be a great way to add your name to a quilt or wall hanging. The ideas run a little wild as you could add, dates and quotes or anything you choose to stitched work particularly if it had a vintage theme. Have fun with it and enjoy your day!