Sites worth bookmarking: International Quilt Study Center

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a site that not enough quilters know about.

The collection houses the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. also their holdings are not limited to just American quilts as there are over 3500 quilts that range from from the early 1700s to the present and more than 25 countries are represented.

The online data base is easy to use and if type in a key word of crazy quilt there are enough returns to keep you browsing over your lunch hour.


Sites worth exploring: Kuler

I got totally side tracked this morning playing with colour. 

Adobe has a free web based colour tool called Kuler.

You can use it to create colour schemes, share them if you choose and store them if you want. 

You can use a colour wheel to create colour schemes. In this case  I have used a compound scheme. 

The other way to find colour schemes is from a photograph. You can upload an image as I did, or you can use flickr photos.

There is a community areas and you can browse the  colour themes they have shared for inspiration. Kuler is well worth exploring as I think many readers will find it useful and fun.  

Adobe has also produced this informative video tutorial about Kuler


Thanks for the reminder about this tool goes to Liz of Y-Knot Blog 

Sites worth bookmarking: Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books

screenshot of websiteScanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books is a site that will be of interest to those who are interested in the book and paper arts or do mixed media collage pieces. There is also loads of design inspiration.

The site houses over 2,630 high-resolution free images which have been scanned from old and rare books. Images are tagged and described well so it makes for interesting browsing.

Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books is definitely worth browsing and bookmarking so make a cuppa and take a look there are some real gems there.

Two online exhibits not to miss

screenshot of websiteA bit of favourites tidy up led me to this interesting website.

This collection of Embroidery from Boston is exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA).

There are a few band samplers in the collection so if you have been following the regular series about my band sampler and it has created a little interest you may wish to browse this site.

(Please note Flash must be installed in your browser to view it)

The next exhibit I have recently stumbled across was found via this piece on YouTube.

I think YouTube is a great way to  promote an exhibition in this case it is highlighting the pieces in American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity which is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

You can learn more about American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity here


Sites worth exploring: The Visual Dictionary

screen shot of site

Anyone who enjoys quirky signs and signage will enjoy this site.

The Visual Dictionary is described as

…”a collection of words in the real world. Photographs of signage, graffiti, advertising, tattoos, you name it, we’re trying to catalogue it.”

With over seven and half thousand images they have got a long way towards their goal. So make a cuppa and browse the site as I think you will enjoy The Visual Dictionary.