I'm the Kimberly that posted the Thomas Trevelyon link. For some reason, I don't have reply buttons on my screen, so when someone sends me a comment, I can't reply directly to that comment :( So, I'm…"
"Oh, I am really going to enjoy exploring this book! Thank you, Kimberley. I'm currently doing a piece based on a woodcut from an emblem book (not stitched particularly 'historically' - just chain stitch, silk on linen), and can…"
My main areas of interest are Elizabethan and Jacobean embroidery, but I also like Early American (such as Deerfield's Blue and White). I started out doing Crewel embroidery in college, then changed over to cross stitch for years until I discovered counted blackwork which eventually led to all things Elizabethan. Currently I mostly do surface embroidery, both blackwork and polychrome.
Where did you learn your textile skills?
Initially I was self taught , but eventually I took classes from the Historic Needlework Guild (now defunct) and lately the Embroiderers' Guild (EGA).
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Thank you, SharonB, for creating such a great place for embroiderers from all over the world to get together. Among my friends and family, there are very few people interested in doing embroidery today. No one seems to want to do something that doesn't give instant gratification. Your site has given me new hope that embroidery will not fade away into the past!
I dont think the previous catalogues do the current one justice. They're using much better cameras now in the wake of the success 'Twixt Art & Nature's' catalogue had.
The Viking connection is the most exciting discovery I have made thus far and has opened up an entire new branch of research that I didn't think I could incorporate on blogo.
Oh, it is sooo interesting that you ask that specific question. The owner of the shop is very nice and incredibly helpful - I mean he totally cares about stitchers! So, in the light of the amazing pictures in 'Twixt Art & Nature', it seems Witney's Catalogue has a lot more good high def pictures than any of its previous catalogues - (I looked at about 10 while I was there). I bought it for 3 pictures in particular but I have just counted and there are 9 blown-up images WITH LOTS OF COLOUR and detail.
Hi again Kimberly
Gosh, you're going to The Met soon! shall was swap? - I'll live near The Met and you can come here and live near the V&A....lol, seriously. If you could ask them a bit about the bag, that would be great! (Link on blog) I know what you mean about the non user-friendly aspect. V&A are wonderful in the way they let you photograph stuff, as long as its not marked 'prohibited to photograph blah'.
I know exactly what you mean about computers sucking life out of us. And don't you find, it doesn't matter what screen you have or what contrast (mine is zero) you still end up with 'buggy eyes'.
blogging is OK, for me anyway it really helps to plot out my 'mind map'.
Personally, I am most interested in "the stitches for whose mechanics are still unknown to us' and I must say, I saw a whole STACK of them this afternoon in Witney. I'm going to blog about Witney, so will save rest.
Your PBS is magnifique! How many ways do you know how to do that stitch? I have only this week found my 4th....!
Awfully sorry, my fault, I had missed the 'beth' part off the blog address. Here it is again: www.bethsbluebellwood.blogspot.com
I'm looking forward very much to reading your message when I return later today, as I'm going up to Witney this morning to see the exhibition: 'Wrought with a Needle'.
google: 'Witney Antiques' as you might be interested in the catalogue - they ship internationally. (I hope to take notes today....)