Friday, 25 July 2014

Rouyer's Most Beautiful Old Motifs and Alphabets * £40 €60 $130 Shipping Included (Australia & New Zealand $140)

Maison Rouyer was very much like Sajou. Famous for its embroidery leporelli - those delightful little concertina pattern books. This book brings together the charts of Rouyer's best designs for you to use.
In new condition, this French-language hardback has 158 pages, which are full of decorative alphabets of all types and sizes for you to use on your special projects
many of these can be stitched just as they are, like samplers, and perhaps made into a stitched pattern book.
Thee are some polychrome designs, so not all monochrome
and many little ditsy motifs
embellishments
borders and friezes.
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1930/1932 2 Volumes Stitching and Costume from Amager * £55 €80 $150 Shipping Included (Australia Newzealand $160)

This is the complete work by Elna Mygdal in 2 volumes - often you only see the first volume of costumes and not the second treasure packed volume of stitching from Danish Amager. Volume 1 is from 1930 and volume 2 from 1932. These are softbacks - the folios are beautifully and soundly saddle-stitched, but the covers are now loose, Internally the volumes are in good clean condition.
The treasure of the second volume is 100 pages of well-photographed Amager panels such as you can see here in cross-stitch and whitework. 
With permission one of the panels was used for the Needleprint Amager Panel 1797 and I expect permission would be forthcoming upon request to use other panels for reproduction.
This is stunning design with a whole wealth of interesting cultural history to be explored. The stitchers of Amager came from the Netherlands in the 16th century and were still Dutch speaking in their church in Amager in the mid 1800s.
The book has Danish text.
And I have been privileged to have been its custodian for the last 10 years.
Here you can see some images from the first volume on costume which include photographs
and historic drawings.
This is a very rare treasure....
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European Textiles in the Keir Collection * £28 €42 $105 Including Shipping (Australia & New Zealand $115)

Originally priced at £75 this hardbacked, jacketed, slip-cased book of 312 pages is in mint condition.
This is a book for serious textile-lovers. Donald King was former Keeper of Textiles at the V&A Museum in London  and was an expert of the old school. His opinion on all matters relating to textiles was always widely sought.
The Keir Collection itself is one of the most widely ranging and comprehensive textile collections gathered together in any country.
There is a chapter relating to embroidered items, but not all items are embroidered and not all images are in colour. Some are in black and white.
These small pattern velvets remind me of the patterns for cross-stitch embroidery in Rosina Furst's embroidery book of 16th century Nuremberg and demonstrates the cross-over of influences as well as the democratization of design and decoration at that time.
The date range of the items in the collection is from the early days of textiles in 4000BCE up to 1800CE.
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Boutis Fantaisie * £18 €27 $60 Shipping Included (New Zealand and Australia $65)

Having spent many winters in the South of France now, I am accustomed to seeing examples of fine boutis everywhere - and not just in museums. It is as integral to Provencal life as Bouillebaisse.
Maybe the examples I saw, covers for beds, quilted skirts, were always too large for me to ever consider I could make anything myself. Then I went to see the Tristan Quilt at the V&A - certainly not in my skills bracket! - but there was an introductory workshop, which I decided to attend to discover the how one would go about making such a piece in practice. With a little guidance I made a rather nice small pin-cushion - and then I realised I was hooked. I had the confidence to try larger projects.
And this super book was a stepping stone in that journey. It is replete with easy to make yet interesting pieces such as lamp-shades, napkin rings, tea-pot cosies and so on. The Book is in French, but the diagrams are clear.
Here you can see some of those small projects - lovely for elegant needle-case covers - très raffinées!
The technique is simply defining pattern areas using back stitch or running stitch and then the pattern areas or channels are puffed by drawing thick cotton thread through with a bodkin - the type of cotton you might knit into a dishcloth. It really is that simple!
Below you can see one of the clear pattern templates with arrows showing the direction of drawing the cotton through. This book is in mint condition. It is hardback and has 96 pages with 19 easy to achieve projects.
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