Long story! A few years ago I bought a facsimile copy of Richard Shoreleyker's "A Scholehouse for the Needle" which is a pattern book for needlework, especially needle lace and embroidery. It was originally published in 1632, and if you are interested in historical embroidery it's a fabulous resource.
This project grew out of an email exchange with Sophie Forgan, Curator of the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby. We had been considering ideas for developing my needlework post-retirement, and I mentioned the idea of making myself suitable period costumes and sitting in museums and stately homes doing period needlework. I love both historical costumes and traditional hand embroidery techniques, so it fitted well with my interests. That Sophie thought it was a good idea was a great encouragement!
Catch my main Blog, on general matters, and my blog about the Captain Cook Waistcoat Project work. Both will mainly be posted as 'Alison Liz'.
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