If you haven't yet discovered this, Dear (Embroiderer) Reader, then you are missing a lot of fun! Dr Jennie Batchelor from the University of Kent has published a series of patterns from The Lady's Magazine, published between 1770 and 1818, and they are online for Embroiderers to play with. Here's the link: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/ladys-magazine/2015/11/27/the-great-ladys-magaz...
Lest you accuse me of indolence or slothfulness, Dear Reader, let me assure you I have been busy, even if I haven't posted a lot in this strangely modern journal-thing recently. I've even managed to get some Christmas decorations up in the Studio.
There was an interesting message on Twitter the other day, with details of a fascinating challenge! Kent University English Department are studying the Lady's Magazine, which was published from 1770-1818. It was the first regular journal for women. Details of the project can be found here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/ladys-magazine/about/index.html
Recently I was sorting out a design for a workshop on Goldwork. I came up with a teardrop shape with several techniques involved, and it went down well with the customers. They all finished it, which was great!
Sorry I've not posted anything for a while, Dear Reader, but i haven't been idle, honest. I have several projects on the go at the moment (what's new, you cry!) and they are finally beginning to come together. I've also been on holiday for a couple of weeks in Scotland and the lakes, which has been refreshing as well as useful from the work angle.
I've been invited to the opening of the Exhibition of the Stubb's Kongouroo Picture at the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby tomorrow evening. It seemed to me that for an evening reception, Elizabeth would have worn her best gown, so I've spent the last few days making a taffeta gown using some material I found in a sale at Bombay Stores. Rather gorgeous purple shot taffeta. I'll get someone to take a picture tomorrow.
There's nothing like creating an unholy mess in a good cause! A couple of weeks ago, Chris and I spent a weekend in Cambridge with my niece, Gemma and her boyfriend David. Great weekend, Russell Watson concert at the Royal Albert Hall on the Saturday, and then the boys (David, Chris, Gemma's stepdad and her half-brother Tom) plus her mum all went to the Air Museum at Duxford for a Boys' birthday treat. Not my scene, so Gemma and I went to a local farm shop, then on a vineyard tour at Chilford Hall. Well worth a visit, btw: very interesting tour and good wine to sample.
I've been getting pieces ready this morning to submit some pieces of work to POP: Pride-of-Place Artspace in Princes Quay. Their next exhibition is focussing on Craft pieces: Embroidery, ceramics, sewing, knitting and so on. It's a great opportunity for local crafters to show off their work. The exhibition is titled "Hand-made" and it will run through June and July, opening on June 5th.
Chris and I had a few days in Whitby over the Easter break. Partly to check Mum's house was ok: she's still away in South Africa on holiday, so we stayed there to keep it 'busy' looking. The weather was ridiculously lovely for the first weekend in April.
This week has been rather a good one! It started with a visit to the smoke, to do my lecture for the Society of Antiquaries of London. It was on Tuesday, at Burlington House, on Piccadilly, which has got to be the poshest venue I have lectured at so far! I had agreed to do one of their public lecture series as a thank you for the giving me money under their Janet Arnold Award for the Cook Waistcoat project. It paid for the trip down under to research the original.