• Exploring historic textiles in our local museums

    I enjoy reading about and researching historic textiles. For me, these vintage textiles provide a invaluable, tangible link to our past.  And as I work at reproducing old knitting patterns and recreating vintage knitted items, I find that the local museums hold a wealth of reference material in their textile collections, providing wonderful period pieces to help with pattern identification and reproduction. Recently I enjoyed the privilege of seeing (virtually, of course) textile items from the collection of the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre. I saw many wonderful, beautiful items, some knit, others crocheted, some embroidered, others sewn and so on. From knitted coverlets and clothing, cross stitch samplers,…

  • Online collection of Victorian knitting manuals

    If you are like me and love to look through vintage knitting and crochet patterns, I just recently stumbled upon an online resource that you might enjoy. The Knitting Reference Library of the University of Southampton includes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines. The Victorian knitting manuals donated by Richard Rutt have been digitized and can be viewed online for free. You can search through the extensive collection here! Exciting stuff for pattern researchers!

  • Lace Museum offering online workshop in Halas Lace

    The Lace Museum is offering an online workshop in Halas Lace starting September 24. For more information and registration: https://www.thelacemuseum.org/workshops.html Halas lace was first made in 1902 in Kiskunhalas, Hungary. Halas is a needlelace worked with fine thread, and the pattern motifs outlined with thick thread, instead of buttonholed as in other needlelace. It has an Art Nouveau look. The darning stitch is worked in the solid design areas to give the effect of finely woven cloth and there are over 60 types of filling stitches. The Lace Museum is also offering online workshops in Turkish Needle Lace (Igne Oya), Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace, Exploring Grounds with GroundForge and more! Learn more…

  • Textile Research Centre: embroidery charts from 18th century Germany

    From the TEXTILE RESEARCH CENTRE – Two cross stitch embroidery charts from 18th century Germany. In the forthcoming volume of the Encyclopedia of Embroidery (Scandinavia and Western Europe; Bloomsbury 2021/2022), the authors from the TRC in Leiden will be using, among many other sources, a German pattern book that was published in about 1742. The book was printed in Nuremburg and contains a range of designs that were regarded as suitable for knitting, weaving and embroidery. The embroidery patterns could be used for cross stitch and padded satin stitch.   Read more on this update from the TRC here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3407060302685301&id=456572831067411&__tn__=K-R About the Textile Research Centre From their website: The Textile…