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Monday, July 27, 2015

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. 

Best wishes all,


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 I am much too old to be doing this!

Thinkerer Selby Evans Church Bulletins
Another housebound video from Lauren's Place.  The video is not housebound.  The performer is.  The performance is comedy, but the video shows that no one is housebound is a virtual world.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NMA Presents:Tuesday at Wizards Retreat on Cookie II 11AM to 1PM PDT in kitely

Tuesday July 21st
hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/488/461/100
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 PDT 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.

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,