Reporting on progress!

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.

My replica of the Cook Map Sampler is making good progress. I've finished the top half now, so I need to move it up a bit so I can get at the other half of the hemisphere. (Actually, with my bad typing that came out as 'hemishpere', which is rather entertaining. I'm not drunk, honest, it's only 10 o'clock!) The bottom half should go more quickly, as here is less coastline to deal with; but then there are a lot more dotted lines, so maybe not.

I'm also making progress with the Dresden-work Neckerchief I've been working on for a while. I've finished one side and am working on the corner. There's less decision-making on side two, as I'm matching the infills from one side to the other. Having said that it's still slow progress as it's very fine work. It's taken nearly 100 hours already, with about as much to go.

The other area which is making progress is that I'm really seeing my way forward in terms of the research work I want to do. I want to focus on the designs used in embroidery on waistcoats in the 18th century. There seems to have been study done on the changes in shape of the garments over the 1700s, but I can't find much on the designs of the embroideries. Do they vary during the century? Is there variation between countries? Especially, is there any difference visible between English and Scottish garments? Is anyone even distinguishing between English/Scottish costume? It was a fascinating period in Britain, historically speaking, with huge political, social and economic changes. It will be interesting to see if any of that is reflected in the embroidery designs.

So, lots going on. I will try to report progress as often as something significant occurs, Dear Reader!

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