Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
The Pakhuis Koophandel Museum is one of Leeuwarden's best kept secrets - don't miss this smaller museum if you are touring in the North Netherlands and planning to visit Leeuwarden's spectacular town museum. Some of these samplers are like nesting boxes, they tell stories referencing other stories referencing even older stories. Such as a sampler of 1786 the original of which is in the Zuiderzee museum. A pattern for this sampler was published in the 1980s and one lady, Geertje Dijkstra Hoff embroidered it in 1993. This sampler featured in the recording of a televised Douwe Egberts advert, and created a sensational amount of interest in samplers and sampler makers. Also in the exhibition are: antique samplers (the oldest is from 1694); embroidery patchwork from the Biedermeier time; darning samplers; red school samplers; contemporary samplers and samplers commemorating the life and tours of the Dutch royal family. Also on show are antique sewing kits from a private collection. The museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 5 pm. Click here for more details.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 19:00
Monday, 17 June 2013
The recipient of the dairy is Nancy in Ontario
For those of you who missed out this week - don't despair there will be other give always and you can always obtain a copy of this lovely diary by contacting our friend Erica. The price is 18 Euros excluding shipping just click here to place your order.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 16:00
Sunday, 16 June 2013
When I was in the second form of junior school. I remember being told the story about Pope Gregory I referring to the English as not Angles but angels. From that moment on, I took a certain comfort from the fact that, though sometimes crusty of nose, scabby of knee and wild and wayward of hair, I was in some important person's regard, somehow, something of an angel...somewhere inside, at least.
And I was reminded of this just a few weeks ago while watching the Antiques Roadshow when I heard one of the presenters refer to a type of early English embroidery as Opus Angelicanum. Forgiveness for this slip is everlasting. Who would not confuse this exquisite embroidery with the work of angels?
In Bologna, recently, in the Museo Civico Medievale, I stood transfixed and mesmerised by the astonishing work in the Bologna Cope (Piviale) which illumines the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary.
The cope was worked in England during the first half of the 14th century. Here you can see a detail of the journey of the Magi.
Click here to download a copy.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 18:30