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Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 APL 2015-12-26 Six new publications, actually two times three.

PUBLICATIONS

There's been two rounds of publications since my last message.

A book about Japanese flower arranging. Unfortunately, not in time for Christmas, but you'll be able to try out everything advised here for the coming year. By the time next Christmas comes around, you'll be able to decorate with single sprigs and branches. There's another book in this series, but I haven't found it yet. The one I did find turned out to be a duplicate of this title. But we keep an eye open for it.

A small torn-off part of a Berlin woolwork band sampler. Either the rest of the sampler was eaten by moths or it was the most beautiful part - we'll never know. This part was scanned by Taimen Klein. Thank you, Taimen.


This is four loose leaves together. Even though they are separate, they clearly belong together. And the set is not complete. The back of these leaves show combined monograms, and not all are there. My estimate is that there should have been six leaves. We have a strong suspicion that these are Heinrich Kuehn patterns, but there's nothing to actually point to, except for style and size. This one has been scanned by Renko Kuperus, back when we still worked together. Thank you, Renko. I'll get to the others as well.

Then a publication about bead weaving, also known as Apache beadwork. Actually, the technique is not limited to only Apaches or indeed only the New World, but once a name has been given, it tends to stick. The scans were donated and edited by Lydia Palland, and thanks for the reminder, Lydia! And for the scans, of course :-) Some of the patterns are a straight copy from Heinrich Kuehn's booklets.

And one from my own collection, a small booklet of the French LVMFA, otherwise well known as publisher of Madame Hardouins books about Irish and other lace. There's several complete alphabets, in two colors. I haven't had the time to rechart them, and the images should be clear enough to be worked as they are now.

The last is a reconstructed pattern from images donated by ebay seller oldastbury. Thank you, Eileen! I have a weak spot for allover patterns, and this is a very nice and simple one, with the colors showing well and yet not giving the impression of a mess. Some of the embroidery is done with silk, the cream lines between the black ones. Recently I took up embroidery again when on train journeys, and I rather like silk better than cotton, since it does not get tangled so much and when it does, the knots are easily unraveled.

FUNDRAISING

A special thanks to the donors of the last three weeks. I've seen the donations pick up a little, for which I am profoundly grateful. Every dollar you donate, allows us to put in two dollars as well.
If you can still miss a few dollars after the Christmas expenses, it'll be gratefully accepted.




  
Click to support the Antique Pattern Library project to pay for such things as database and website development, web hosting costs, data entry, scanning equipment.  


 Please remember: scan donations count, too! They save us room (for the books) money (for the shipping price and customs duties and believe me, those can bite), and time for scanning. So of course, dollars are welcome. And scans are welcome too. The limit of small donations is 700 EUR. It may increase if we get more small donations. That's the limit to what you can donate per year and still have it count towards the small donations. It's recalculated every year. If you donate more, the IRS leaves your donations out of the shortfall ratio. So, if you were planning to donate just above the limit, give some to another organization, buy a cup of coffee and donate just the limit amount. ;-)

Also, we are looking for people who can afford a one-time larger donation to support our goals for 2016, which will cost us some money. It will help speed up our publication speed, and make more time available for the actual library work, which is sadly suffering. There are several people volunteering on the Dutch end where all the books are stacked, and they have to be introduced to how to do the work properly, which also takes lots of time.

And if you can't afford to give anything, which also happens in these difficult times, introducing the Library to people who don't know of it yet, is very useful, since it broadens our user base and therefore our donor base. I'll try to publish a flyer in black and white which can be printed and used as handout, for anybody wanting to do that. It would be more useful than a visiting card.

 Anything you donate for the Library, goes to the Library. The donations of the larger donors are far more than enough to cover our overhead, so what you give, goes straight to Library improvement.

Thank you all and enjoy this new set!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2015 APL 2015-12-08 Three new publications. Well, two of them have been up for some time, but it was publish or publicity, so few people knew...

PUBLICATIONS

First, a beaded rondel. I don't know the style of the design, but I do rather like it. After obtaining permission from the seller, I put a bid on it (don't tell on me, please) and it so happened that I won it. But the strange thing is, the ebay photos were much better than my attempt to make a decent scan and so it has been charted off the ebay photos. I had to guess a bit about the empty patches. Thank you, fresca1260! 

The second item is a donation of Iva Innocenti, who contributed a number of lovelies this year, all of which were on my Most Wanted list. That saves us a huge amount of money and time otherwise spent on the hunt. This is the first pdf I put together and I forgot to password-protect it, and also I couldn't quite figure out the watermarking issue so I just watermarked all the images separately. Have a good look at the baby cap at the beginning. I've seen it elsewhere on the net, actually that's what got me looking for this book. More to come! And thank you, Iva!


The third is a donation of Peter Ketels, my long-suffering partner, of a book about gentlemens clothes, military, civilian, ecclesiastic, up to the proper uniform for a Lord Lieutenant. Also, changes to be made for various body types. Thank you, my dear!
There's a book about ladies dress from the same writer, but I've missed one on ebay and haven't seen it since.

FUNDRAISING

Our yearly fundraising has totally been neglected this year. Even now I haven't made the calculations, so can't tell you about how it looks. Judith is working on it.  I hope to make the funding ratio acceptable to the IRS. No guarantees, unfortunately.
Although December is a horribly expensive month if you can miss a few dollars or a few scans, please remember us. If you shop on Amazon, choose New Media Arts as favorite charity and they will give us some money too.



  
Click to support the Antique Pattern Library project to pay for such things as database and website development, web hosting costs, data entry, scanning equipment.  


 Please remember: scan donations count, too! They save us room (for the books) money (for the shipping price and customs duties and believe me, those can bite), and time for scanning. So of course, dollars are welcome. And scans are welcome too. The limit of small donations is 700 EUR. It may increase if we get more small donations. That's the limit to what you can donate per year and still have it count towards the small donations. It's recalculated every year. If you donate more, the IRS leaves your donations out of the shortfall ratio. So, if you were planning to donate just above the limit, give some to another organization, buy a cup of coffee and donate just the limit amount. ;-)

Also, we are looking for people who can afford a one-time larger donation to support our goals for 2016, which will cost us some money. It will help speed up our publication speed, and make more time available for the actual library work, which is sadly suffering. There are several people volunteering on the Dutch end where all the books are stacked, and they have to be introduced to how to do the work properly, which also takes lots of time.

And if you can't afford to give anything, which also happens in these difficult times, introducing the Library to people who don't know of it yet, is very useful, since it broadens our user base and therefore our donor base. I'll try to publish a flyer in black and white which can be printed and used as handout, for anybody wanting to do that. It would be more useful than a visiting card.

 Anything you donate for the Library, goes to the Library. The donations of the larger donors are far more than enough to cover our overhead, so what you give, goes straight to Library improvement.

Thank you all and enjoy this new set!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

NMA Presents today @ 3:30 PST

Avatar Repertory Theater goes to the 2015 Open Sim Community Conference! 3:30 to 3:50 pm, PST
http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

Ada Radius will present the brief keynote speech, then some of the talented A.R.T. troupe will perform scenes from Shakespeare's "A Midsommer Nights Dream", where a band of the poor working people of Athens rehearse and perform a play for the Duke's wedding feast.  Em Jannings, MadameThespian Underhill, Ada Radius (Judith Adele), Sodovan Torok (Iain McCracken) and JadaBright Pond.

The conference runs all day - register now at http://oscc.avacon.org/2015/, then hypergrid to  http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/ on Saturday and teleport to the keynote regions. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NMA Presents This Saturday December 5th

Avatar Repertory Theater goes to the 2015 Open Sim Community Conference!Saturday, December 5, 2015, promptly at 3:30 to 3:50 pm, PST
http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

Ada Radius will present the brief keynote speech, then some of the talented A.R.T. troupe will perform scenes from Shakespeare's "A Midsommer Nights Dream", where a band of the poor working people of Athens rehearse and perform a play for the Duke's wedding feast.  Em Jannings, MadameThespian Underhill, Ada Radius (Judith Adele), Sodovan Torok (Iain McCracken) and JadaBright Pond.

The conference runs all day - register now at http://oscc.avacon.org/2015/, then hypergrid to  http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/ on Saturday and teleport to the keynote regions. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

NMA Presents today @ 2PM PST

Sun, November 15,
AvatarFest avatarfest.net:6000
 
Sunday November 15 from 2 to 3 PM Pacific:
Avatar Repertory Theater presents, at AVATARFEST: “The Hamlet Thing,” an abbreviated but remarkably complete stroll through Elsinore, featuring all your favorites: the moody Prince, the barbarous Uncle, the lusty mum,  the rejected GF and her bombastic Dad. Murder, incest, revenge. Don't miss it!
Hypergrid address: avatarfest.net:6000
Put it in your Map Find window, click on Find, Teleport!

Friday, November 13, 2015

NMA Presents This Sunday @ 2PM PST

Sun, November 15,
AvatarFest avatarfest.net:6000
Sunday November 15 from 2 to 3 PM Pacific:
Avatar Repertory Theater presents, at AVATARFEST: “The Hamlet Thing,” an abbreviated but remarkably complete stroll through Elsinore, featuring all your favorites: the moody Prince, the barbarous Uncle, the lusty mum,  the rejected GF and her bombastic Dad. Murder, incest, revenge. Don't miss it!
Hypergrid address: avatarfest.net:6000
Put it in your Map Find window, click on Find, Teleport!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NMA Presents Starts @ 12PM PDT


12PM PDT 
 Joe Rizzo
Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

1PM PDT
TerryLynn Melody
TerryLynn is a professional musician and songwriter who has been featured on National Public Radio, Clear Channel Radio, and Fox Television. Her live shows span folk, country, rock and blues, performing both her originals songs as well as an eclectic mix of covers from many genre's and era's.

Monday, October 5, 2015

NMA Presents This Week 10-6-15

Tuesday October 6th 12PM PDT
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12PM PDT
 Joe Rizzo
Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

1PM PDT
TerryLynn Melody
TerryLynn is a professional musician and songwriter who has been featured on National Public Radio, Clear Channel Radio, and Fox Television. Her live shows span folk, country, rock and blues, performing both her originals songs as well as an eclectic mix of covers from many genre's and era's.



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 APL Two new publications 30-09-2015


Dear me, this is getting to be a very long letter. Does anybody actually read it to the end?

PUBLICATIONS


This time, we start off with an old and timeworn footstool. The images are a donation of ebay seller jennysfrenchboudoir. Although the embroidery is somewhat damaged, the pattern could be reconstructed easily from those nice sharp photos. Although, when I looked at it a second time, the background color might have been light blue, instead of the muted green I thought when I charted it. But any embroiderer can switch the colors around as pleased. 
It appears to have been quite common to have an embroidered stripe running down in the middle of an upholstered chair seat or back. My aunt, who died last summer, left a chair like that. I made photographs and probably will publish that pattern someday too. Plus, I've seen several items on auction sites (not just ebay) that feature the same idea. I'd think the middle part of the seat would wear out the first, so maybe it was meant to be replaced or re-embroidered when worn? Does anybody have an idea?

The second publication is a set of filet patterns, Filet Hongrois. Actually, it's in three or four shades, white (probably point de reprise) a lighter grey (point de toile, I think it's called when the thread is woven both horizontal and vertical), and a somewhat darker grey in two variations, a vertical lined and a horizontal lined square. I don't know if this was meant just for shading or that actually colors should be used. At first I thought the set was not complete because I did not see a number 1, but then I saw that the left hand side of the first (double) pattern was numbered 1. It's from our own collection.
Sarah Duehr charted the first two patterns. The others will be done in due time, though they are quite difficult to make out here and there. I tried it myself and soon experienced that they were not as easy as the usual filet pattern.

FUNDRAISING

Then, our yearly effort to keep our public funding ratio to the required limit. Although I haven't done all the definitive calculations, I can give a ballpark number. It will be around 6000 USD, maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less.
And since the fund raising started late this year (mea maxima culpa) we may have some difficulty in making it. Fortunately, the prospect is not so dire as it was last year, since we've had some lovely donations of money and of scans, which helped us get a serious leg up to our initial goal, which was around double that amount.

Please remember: scan donations count, too! They save us room (for the books) money (for the shipping price and customs duties and believe me, those can bite), and time for scanning. So of course, dollars are welcome. And scans are welcome too. 
In the meantime, don't hesitate to support us via Amazon Smile or by making a small donation ;-)


  
Click to support the Antique Pattern Library project to pay for such things as database and website development, web hosting costs, data entry, scanning equipment.  
The limit of small donations is 700 EUR. It may increase if we get more small donations. That's the limit to what you can donate per year and still have it count towards the small donations. It's recalculated every year. If you donate more, the IRS leaves your donations out of the shortfall ratio. So, if you were planning to donate just above the limit, give some to another organization, buy a cup of coffee and donate just the limit amount. ;-) 
Also, we are looking for people who can afford a one-time larger donation to support our goals for 2015, which will cost us some money. It will help speed up our publication speed, and make more time available for the actual library work, which is sadly suffering. (My illness did not help things much either.) We've had one large donation already, which will keep us in programming hours for a while, and may help to overhaul the entire site so I don't have to spend so much time on administrative preparations before publishing. Thank you, B ;-) There are already people at work, thanks to your generous gift. 
And if you can't afford to give anything, which also happens in these difficult times, introducing the Library to people who don't know of it yet, is very useful, since it broadens our user base and therefore our donor base. I'll try to publish a flyer in black and white which can be printed and used as handout, for anybody wanting to do that. It would be more useful than a visiting card.  

Anything you donate for the Library, goes to the Library. The donations of the larger donors are far more than enough to cover our overhead, so what you give, goes straight to Library improvement. 

Thanks to all the donors and volunteers, for all the help and new or improved material you provided. 
Enjoy this new set. 
In a few days I will leave my current job and start life as a pensioner. That'll be a lot less money but a lot more time. And since the books here are stacked against walls and in the middle of rooms, I rather think the time will be useful. I look forward to being able to spend more time on publications and contact with forum members and volunteers, and hope that we'll see a significant increase in new stuff published!
Best wishes all,
Sytske


Monday, September 28, 2015

NMA Presents This Week 9-28-15

Wednesday,  September 30th on Kitely GridZen Arado 12PM PDT - Gaia Kitten 1PM PDThttp://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/NewMediaArts-CTO/Cookie-II  
Zen Arado (12PM PDT)
Original House music tracks using Ableton Live and Push technology. Zen experiments with various House genres like Ambient, Chillout, Soulful House, Old School, Trance. However, he mainly prefer melodic styles using female vocals and often infuses classical elements in his compositions. Zen studied Classical Guitar, first in Sydney Australia with a Concert Guitarist, Antonia Losada and then at The Belfast School of Music. With the advent of the DAW he discovered a process to create music that blends both his technical and artistic skills.

Gaia Kitten (1PM PDT)
DJ Gaia Kitten self describes the sound as 8-bit dark techno experimental progressive house strange music ambient electronic bizarre cyberpunk electronica glitchy independent music industrial low-fi techno and variations trippy weird. (A new direction may be debuted today with Gaia turning towards expressions and explorations of Steampunk.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Media Arts Presents Starts @ 11AM PDT

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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat? It's his last show for a while folks, come join us



Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Media Arts Presents This Week 9-21-15

Tuesday September 22nd Starting at 11AM PDT
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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?



Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015 APL Three new publications 11-09-2015

After a somewhat unplanned hiatus in the publishing schedule, here we go again. Three new publications and it could have been more, but then I'd have been even later.


The first publication is the Corticelli Yarn Book no. 8. It was donated by Mary Craver, and has lain a while on the shelf, but here it is. I'll admit to less-than-perfect editing, and maybe I'll have time later to redo it - in, say, ten years.
It's mainly about knitting and crocheting, and of course Corticelli advertised its yarn and its superior qualities throughout the book. There's some lovely clothing items for the approaching winter. Thank you, Mary!



The second publication is a Berlin woolwork pattern, a floral border. Renko Kuperus scanned it for us, and Steven Stephan made a color chart and a symbol chart. Both charts and the scan are included in the one pdf. The original pattern has suffered quite a bit of paint loss and bleach spots, but the reconstruction makes it as good as new. You may have noticed that nearly every set of publications contains a Berlin pattern. That's because we still have lots of them. Renko did seven of them, so there's more to come.


The third publication is YES! A new Wolf Dupeyron album! It so happens that this was on sale around the end of 2013 and I missed it! After I found out that it had been on offer I approached the buyer, to see if we might have scans, or maybe buy the album itself. As you can see by the listing, the buyer turned out to be Iva Innocenti, who had donated items before and was quite willing to add this one to the stack. Thank you, Iva! I don't know if we would ever have found it otherwise! The editing was not easy, since the print quality of the album was less than what we're used to by Wolf Dupeyron. Page 5 occupied me for a week! But after editing it looks very well again. Still, if the original is ever offered for sale elsewhere, I'll take it in a second ;-)


I've fallen behind on my reporting, so I can't tell you our yearly aim yet. Plesase remember: scan donations count, too! They save us room (for the books) money (for bhe buying and customs duties and believe me, those can bite), and time for scanning. So yes, dollars are welcome. And scans are welcome too.
In the meantime, don't hesitate to support us via Amazon Smile or by making a small donation ;-)


  
Click to support the Antique Pattern Library project to pay for such things as database and website development, web hosting costs, data entry, scanning equipment.  

There's another idea I've been playing with off and on. Recently I acquired the entire set of The Berlin Woolwork Sampler by Darlene O'Steen, from The Needle's Prayse. (They haven't arrived yet, it's that recent.) I look forward to seeing what patterns are on that.

But of course we have many samplers ourselves, not just the patterns, but the samplers. I don't want to recreate somebody elses design, even if that design was made in 1799 - but suppose we can put together a new sampler with those old patterns and published that bit by bit, would anybody out there actually make it? Think back to that lovely lovely Berlin woolwork sampler that we only could show for one day, before we had to take it down - all beautiful small Berlin patterns. Right now we have so many of those that we could put together a completely different one with our own resources.

If I do that, and we make a page on the site for it, would anybody care to make that design so we can put up pictures of the actual work? The site will be modified a bit soon, so that the pictures that have already been submitted for several designs can find a home on the relevant page, and I'd love to see the results.
I myself might prefer a sampler with the designs from the 1500s, such as the Modelbucher that are in the musea and of which we have some reprints from the 19th century, but that's only because I can't fit many colors yarn in my handbag and so I prefer two colors in a design at the most.
It's just a thought.

Best wishes all, and enjoy this new set. It took long enough ;-)
Sytske


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Media Arts Presents Starts @ 1PM PDT


Wizards Retreat on Cookie II
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Matthew Broyles 1PM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?

2PM PDT open mic -All are welcome to step up

Monday, September 7, 2015

New Media Arts Presents This Week 9-7-15


Tuesday, September 8th Starting @ 1PM PDT at Wizards Retreat on Cookie II
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Matthew Broyles 1PM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?

2PM PDT open mic -All are welcome to step up

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Media Arts Presents Starts @ 11AM PDT


Wizards Retreat on Cookie II
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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?

Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Media Arts Presents This Week 8-31-15

New Media Arts Presents
Tuesday, September 1st Starting @ 11AM at Wizards Retreat on Cookie II
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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?

Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Media Arts Presents Starts @ 11AM PDT

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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?



Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Media Arts Presents This Week 8-17-15

Tuesday, August 18th 11AM to 1PM PDT In Kitely
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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?



Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Flying Saucers Return: A pilot (Episode 1), a product of virtual worlds

Flying Saucers Return: A pilot (Episode 1),
a product of virtual worlds 
Updated 8/5/2015
Released: The pilot (first episode) of  a comedy version of the Flying Saucer epics popular in the last century.  A proof of concept about what we can do in the virtual worlds of this century.  This episode was written, cast and "filmed" in virtual worlds.    All sets were built in virtual worlds and the action was captured by machinima.    

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Media Arts Presents Starts @ 11AM PDT


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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?

Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

Monday, August 3, 2015

New Media Arts Presents This Week 8-3-15

Tuesday, August 4th Starting @ 11AM at Wizards Retreat on Cookie II
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Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!
Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?

Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted in everything that is the best about Bay Area, California.

2015 SHUTIN: Housebound is not home alone. The web is pages. Virtual worlds are people.. Summary

Housebound is not home alone.
The web is pages.  Virtual worlds are people.
Updated 8/3/2015
Voluntarily housebound?  Yes.  By choice.  Oh, I walk outside on occasion, when the weather is nice.  And I go out once in a while for medical attention.  And I chat from time to time with the people in old folks home where I live.  But those people are old.  Most of my friends are online in the virtual worlds where I also live.  The are younger.  
Dancing and carousing
  • In a virtual world you don't need dancing lessons.  You just need an animation.
Background: I am 85 years old.  I live in a retirement facility.  They provide my meals so I don't have to do grocery shopping.  I can order anything else I need from Amazon, so I don't leave my computer when I go shopping.  I gave away my car several years ago because it was costing me more in time than it was worth to me.  I really needed it less than once a month, but I had to drive it once a week to be confident it would start.  Now, if I ever want to go anywhere, I can call a cab.  For what I was paying to support my car, I could pay a lot of cab fares.

I am telling about this because lots of people are housebound, not voluntarily.  They could be enjoying what I am enjoying.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

2015 APL: Three new publications on 2015-07-26



The first publication is a Berlin woolwork pattern. Iva Innocenti donated the scan, and Steven Stephan made a color chart and a symbol chart for it. Actually, the roses are only half of the donated pattern, but the other half is a bit more difficult to work out and it will follow later. Because Steven made two pdfs, one for the full image, and the other to print the symbol chart on A4 pages, there's two pdfs. I had to change the programming, or they'd been called PDF01 and PDF02 and you'd have to guess which is which. 


The second publication is not about embroidery at all. Maybe you noticed some architecture books cropping up here and there, well, this is one of them and there'll be more on occasion. Samuel Chamberlain drew cottages, gates, architectural details, and collected the drawings he made in France in a portfolio. I'll confess why I publish this now: I bought an original from 1928, for some USD 150, including shipping. And I see on ebay, and on other sites, modern reprints going for USD 120 or more, not including shipping. Now, if I buy a Dover reprint, I expect to pay substantially less than an original. If the modern reprints are offered for a higher price than I myself paid for an original, I get the urge to give those buyers at least a chance on getting that information for a reasonable price. That that price is zero, in line with our charitable aims, should only make it more attractive. And maybe with that alternative on offer, the reprint prices may fall to a reasonable level.

Now, what can you as needleworker do with these prints? Beyond line embroidery, I'm afraid not much. But if you draw, or design, they may provide you with some lovely examples. Some houses would show off on home made New Year cards, those showing snow and winter and cosy cottages. If anybody has other ideas, let me know?



The third one is from 1893. The Magasin des Demoiselles issued each month a single leaf called Album de Broderie. Twelve of those leaves were sold together. Single leaf may be a bit deceptive, since the size of the leaf is approximately A2. It's from our own collection and Judith edited it to perfection. All embroidery.


I added detail pages to a Coats and Clarks booklet: Flower Doilies 64 (that's www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/html/warm/B-JA078.htm).


Now, about our WANTED list: I asked for people to point me to the missing books of Odette du Puigaudeau. That request did not fall on deaf ears. Thank you, all, for your suggestions. The result is that Iva Innocenti (donor of the rose border) has all the books we miss in her collection and will scan them for us. And also the Adele della Porta books that I have been looking for so earnestly. Thank you, thank you, Iva! You saved us hundreds of dollars!

Mary Corbet wrote a nice piece about the Library, resulting in a huge upswing in interest. We also got more donations this week, thanks to the increased attention. Which is a good thing, say I softly. In September we'll make up the then state of our finances, and I'll start reporting weekly again about our situation.
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Enjoy this new set. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 I am much too old to be doing this!

Thinkerer Selby Evans Church Bulletins
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities.
Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?



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Sunday, July 5, 2015

2015 APL: Three new publications on 2015-07-06

Reminder: If you have a lovely item of needlework, from which a pattern could be reconstructed, you might consider taking proper pictures and let us have them, with permission to publish. That's what I'm asking of ebay sellers who have an item that's too expensive for us (or just too big to ship, like a chair) and whose photographs are of suitable quality. Quite a number of them give permission, and we owe them many lovely items.

Now about the publications:

The first one is Milroys Church Lace. I should have done a little bit more research on this one, because although it's a lovely book, it is available elsewhere as well and I might have spent my time better on another book. Next time, I'll just add the external links and continue to the next book.


The second is Embellished Purses from Sommerards Les Arts aux Moyen-Age.
The image was donated by ebay seller tuscanybooks. The three purses are of the same model, and I assume the top of the triangle is the flap with which they close. I haven't seen a purse like that yet in illustrations from medieval books, but there's a lot of things still to edit and who knows what we'll find.
Anybody who has seen a purse like these in a museum, let me know? I have no idea of the proper size, either - it could be a small money bag or a shopping bag sized item.


The third is the promised beaded necklace. These images were donated by ebay seller newenglandestates. I had thought of adding the Penelope scan, but unfortunately I can't find it. The computer is so slow that the work of classifying scans made so far is a job on its own. Lovely beadwork! There are several others on ebay, but I can't find the links just now, so you'll have to look on your own.

Enjoy these new items! Best wishes,
Sytske




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Shop and support New Media Arts at the same time

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

2015 APL : Three new publications on 2015-06-14

Before I get into the new publications, another remark first (just to make sure everybody reads it, since not everybody reaches the last paragraph. Actually, do read the last paragraph this time...)
If you have a lovely item of needlework, from which a pattern could be reconstructed, you might consider taking proper pictures and let us have them, with permission to publish. That's what I'm asking of ebay sellers who have an item that's too expensive for us (or just too big to ship, like a chair) and whose photographs are of suitable quality. Quite a number of them give permission, and we owe them many lovely items. Next time, a beaded necklace, design goes back to 1820 because I found it in my Penelope first volume. 

Now about the publications:


The first one is a DMC album, Broderies au point de Croix 1. Actually, we have all three volumes, but some copyright research is still pending. However, Franciska Ruessink has a really really old version, back from the time DMC didn't do color prints yet, and that one is old enough to be published without a single hesitation. She scanned and edited them too, saving me quite some work - thank you, Franciska!


The second is one of Mlle du Puigaudeau. She did some lovely crochet books for Cartier Bresson around 1910. When I'm looking for her publications, I search for Puigaudeau and get tons of listings - all for books about Morocco, Sahara, Mauretania etc. Only half an hour ago I found out that the Odette du Puigaudeau who wrote THOSE books is the same Mlle du Puigaudeau who wrote THESE books. Wow. She died in the 1990s, 'forgotten by all' as one website put it. Well, let's honor her memory - apart from her expertise in ethnography she must have been an outstanding needleworker, to do all this work when she was only 18 years old or thereabouts. 
By the way, if anybody sees a book like this written by her, send me a note. We don't have a complete collection yet, and I'm still looking for several of her books. One of them is Luxeuil de Crochet, offered for 150 USD (we don't want that one, I can't pay that much). The same title was sold a year or two ago for 15 EUR, on Delcampe. I'm willing to pay some 40 EUR for titles we don't have.
This book is from my own collection, but it has languished a bit. We have to balance publications that I donate with those donated by others. But since Mama has been so kind to re-scan it (actually, that was by accident since it got in the stack to-be-done when it should have been on the other stack, and of course Mama did not know that), it can get published thanks to her effort.


The last one is one of Adrienne's crochet books from the fifties. Table mats galore for those who can handle a crochet hook. Strawberries, leaves, grapes, flowers... Thank you, Adrienne!

Enjoy this new set. 

Last paragraph: I have heard it say that several commercial firms have taken some liberties with their end user agreements which rarely are read. One (Pitstop) offered some goodies for people, at the end of their user agreeement and few people ever applied for them. That was funny. But I've heard worse, but can't verify that one so I won't repeat it here. Still, what with Paypal wanting to spam or robocall you, it pays to read everything. 

Best wishes all,
Sytske

Sunday, June 7, 2015

2015 APL: Three new publications on 2015-06-08


This week, again three new publications. It looks like I'd best return to the two/three publications at-a-time schedule. There's more stuff in the pipeline - let's see if we can at least keep going at this rate.





The first on the list is an ebay donation, of antiquesandmooresales, of a very lovely beadwork panel. Bright colors (beads keep their colors better than yarn) and only a few broken here and there - charting went faster than usual for reconstructing an executed pattern.
I did change the pattern around a little, little bit, so the repeats fit the design better. If you look very very close you'll see a few extra lines here and there. Chances are that the original pattern was different too, and the maker adapted it to fit the dimensions of this work.






The second has been available elsewhere for ages (though I wonder how many actually have found it) via archive.org and via the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, who gave permission to re-edit and re-publish. I charted the patterns instead of editing. There's a link EXTERNAL PDF which points to the original pdf.
There'll be another pdf with the charted designs (later).




The third is also an ebay donation, of rupertandtoby, from whom I've bought a lovely little parasol in the past and some other sewing-related knickknacks (is that the right word?) There's a similar item shown in Wikipedia's page on Berlin woolwork.
There was another one on ebay with florentine flame stitch, but otherwise quite similar, that I did not get permission to republish for. However, http://www.ebay.com/itm/381268406504 will show it. Have a look while it's still there.
Those of you gentle ladies and gentlemen who specialize in bags and purses, I'd like to ask you if we have a description of how-to make such a bag somewhere in our publications? I don't know them all and I don't remember seeing this anywhere, but it should be fairly easy to sew, and it'd be lovely to showcase a piece of embroidery. The tassels are described in Dillmonts Encyclopedia, I remember that.

In the meantime, enjoy this set, and look through our catalog for any other treasures that you did not notice yet. There'll be more. Many more.
Best wishes,
Sytske.