• Counterpanes,  Knitting,  Needlework

    The quest for sheen begins

    The search for the right fibre for the wedding dress recreation is underway. For the first time ever, I find myself trying to knit with silk in the quest for a sheen to match the lovely shine of a vintage wedding dress dating from 1911. The lace-weight silk yarn in my test swatch has a lovely shine. I’ve never worked with silk before, so it feels a bit awkward, a bit too thin somehow. I’m so used to knitting with worsted-weight wool, my hands feel clumsy. I’ve been experimenting with needle sizes and types, trying to see what feels right. The bamboo needles seem to work best with the silk.…

  • Counterpanes,  Knitting,  Needlework,  Updates

    A dress of many patterns

    Hi, everyone! Today on the blog it’s all about the wedding dress recreation project: a dress of many patterns. Last month, I shared the idea of recreating a vintage wedding dress from the collection of the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol. The plan is to recreate the basic pattern of the dress using swatches of recreated needlework items. So, it’s a reproduction on two levels. The needlework techniques used in the swatches will depend on the skills of the volunteers that take part. If there are tatting experts, for example, tatting reproduction swatches could be worked up and incorporated into the dress. The backstory to this idea is here…

  • wedding dress dated from 1911
    Needlework

    Let’s stitch some history

    Would you like to stitch some history? Here’s a sneak peek at a new project in the works… Guess what I found in the database of the┬áHuron County Museum? This simply lovely wedding dress dating from 1911. And why was I looking for a wedding dress? No, I’m not getting married. I’m already happily so. I was looking at the wedding dress images in their catalogue because I had an idea in mind. Fellow stitchers, how much fun would it be to stitch swatches inspired by needlework items in the Huron County Museum’s collection and make a wedding dress out of the pieces? The dress pattern will be based on…

  • Crochet,  Knitting,  Needlework,  Updates

    Stitchers invited!

    Hey, fellow stitchers, Would you like to create a wedding dress using stitched swatches of vintage textile items? In 2019, the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol is planning a clothing textile exhibit! Creating a wedding dress using stitched recreations based on museum textile collection items would be a great way to join in the celebration. Whether you knit, crochet, sew, quilt or embroider, I welcome you to consider participating. The sample you would stitch would be your choice depending on what your interests and preferred needlework technique. Please let me know if you would be interested in participating either by emailing me or signing up for the Stitch Revival…

  • Crochet,  Knitting,  Needlework

    Leaf & Lace Vest

    This lovely Leaf & Lace Vest was created by designer Irene Kellins, owner of Stitches with a Twist in Blyth. The pattern is inspired by an heirloom counterpane in the collection of the Huron County Museum. The pattern is currently in production and will be available in the future.