Had a great time this last weekend in Norfolk. We were staying with some old friends from my former prison (aka full-time work) who had moved to furrin parts in Aylsham. Margaret had roped me in to demonstrate at the Woolfest she was helping to organise, called "Woolly Worsted"! It's their first go at a wool festival for Norfolk, and the whole weekend went very well.
I had a great day on Sunday this weekend, visiting the EG East Midlands Region Regional Day at West Bridgford, in Nottingham. I was lecturing in the afternoon, about recreating historical embroidery.
I have finished a piece of Dresdenwork I have been working on for a year now - not all the time, of course, but I started it in February last year! It's a new neckerchief, since the one I already have is on exhibition in the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby this year. One of the hazards of exhibiting stuff is needing more stuff to keep you going in the meanwhile......
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 thought it might be useful to start a list of links to useful websites etc! These are sites for suppliers that I use or sites I think readers might find useful. If you find any others you think readers might like, please add a comment!
The Local Framers I use: David and Christine Knight at Images Framing, 6 Red Lion Court, Anlaby 01482 657535
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!