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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.