Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sarah Lechner - Embroidery Workshops * Austria * September-October 2015

Austria is one of my favourite places and Sarah Lechner's studio where you will stitch is just off the main Salzburg to Vienna railway line with free pickups included in course costs.
This is a lovely opportunity to learn new needlework and textile skills with a great practitioner. Courses are for two days and cost €350 including simple B&B accommodation on Sarah's farm - two courses back to back cost €650. The exchange rate for the Euro is the best it has been for years - what is to stop you?
Click here for more details in English, French, German and Spanish.

2 Embroidery Frames Free to Good Homes - Glasgow Area

Janice in Glasgow has 2 embroidery frames both in good condition that she is happy to give to an appreciative embroiderer if you can collect. The standing frame above is dismantled for ease of storage but has all the components and is easily rebuilt. It measures 77cm high at the side leg height, the frame is 75 cm x 42 cms. The total height when built is around 1 metre. The hand held frame below measures 28cm x 75 cm. Just click on the angel below to contact Janice direct.

Friday, 20 March 2015

SOLD 3 Cotton Mouchoirs from Musée Etoffes Mulhouse * £8 €18 $30 Shipping Included

I fell in love with the Musée de l'Impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse - do visit if you are going to see the DMC factory.
I grabbed these pretty cotton mouchoirs as a light souvenir of the old printed cottons to take home in a very heavy bag
and I have them still in their new condition - I have opened the box simply to scan them for you. Each one is about 12" square (30cm square)
and they are accompanied by a little explanatory leaflet in French, English and German

Thursday, 19 March 2015

SOLD 1914-1915 Journal of Manchester Municipal School of Technology Textile Society * £16 €40 $72 Shipping Included

Over 100 years' old, this full sized softback journal of over 100 pages is, apart from its cover, in very good condition.
The style of the time is still reflecting the Arts & Crafts movement though this is definitely a journal of technology from the commencement of the First World War.
There is always a poignancy in hindsight, since one of the articles talks optimistically about plans for after the war (they thought then it would be a short war.... ) without ever imagining for one moment that millions of workers would be killed by the war and the Spanish flu pandemic that followed in its train.
There is actually one colour page in the journal showing designs for printed cotton.
The several articles are very interesting documents and are good reads with many facts I hadn't come across before.
The article on the cotton print is particular fascinating, postulating that early print designs were from Persia.
Here you can see some other articles looking at the Labour Problem - they had no inkling of the millions that would be killed in the war and the enormous challenges that would pose for labour in the industry - that was still all the future...
There are about 60 pages of articles - but equally of interest are the wonderful graphic advertisements at the beginning and end of the journal
yes, I really love bobbins and spindles and all the pictures of the mills now long gone.... aah.