Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cartonnage Brodé * £35 €55 $120 Shipping Included (New Zealand or Australia $125)

This is a French language hardbook book with 96 pages in perfect condition.

It contains making istructions for 17 delightful cartonnage projects - that is fabric covered cardboard.
The projects range from boxes of all kinds for holding needlework items
to cartonnage baskets...
There are templates for all the shapes and the projects are fairly straightforward. But the instructions - which are clearly diagrammed - are in French.


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Petits Cadeaux Brodés * £35 €55 $120 Shipping Included (New Zealand or Australia $125)

This is a French language hardbook book with 96 pages in perfect condition.
This book has 25 absolutely charming French-chic projects for stitched gifts
The projects vary in size, but all are achievable in a relatively short period of time
like these delightful miniature embellished sampler.
or dainty lavender bags and huswifs. The book has clear diagrams but the instructions are in French.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Peabody Essex Museum Acquires 18th Century Dutch Market Indian Textiles

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has just announced : the acquisition of a singular collection of more than 100 rare early 18th-century Indian textiles made for export to the Netherlands. The collection which includes hand-painted chintz palampores (bed covers), an embroidered palampore, banyans, as well as extraordinary examples of Dutch costumes, was assembled in the Netherlands between the 1920s and 1960s by A. Eecen-van Setten. The acquisition has been funded by anonymous donors. Between 1650 and 1750, cotton textiles were imported in large quantities from eastern India to the Netherlands by the VOC (Dutch East India Company). Decorated Indian cotton was commonly referred to as chintz (in Dutch - sits) after the north Indian word chitra meaning spotted or sprinkled. Indian chintzes were prized globally for their vivid and durable colors-something that European textile manufacturers were unable to match until the mid-18th century. These vibrant textiles were particularly popular in the Netherlands, where they were used for nearly everything-clothing, upholstery, bed hangings and even wall coverings. Collected at a time when chintz textiles were not well studied, the Veldman-Eecen Collection would be virtually impossible to assemble today given the scarcity of such textiles in the contemporary market. The collection, which also includes a selection of related European-printed textiles from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, is enhanced by a detailed journal, or Sits Boek (chintz book), in which A.Eecen-van Setten chronicled her acquisitions. Selections from the collection will be on view in Asia in Amsterdam, a forthcoming 2016 exhibition co-organized by PEM and the Rijksmuseum. For more details, click here.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Home From The Mountains & 2 Sides to a Sampler

Brixen or Bressanone in the Sudtirol probably has one of the largest collections of Krippe. We might loosely term these as Cribs - and perhaps you have seen some of the European cribs at Christmas, where not only models of Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus, with angels, shepherds and magi are displayed, but also the whole population of what appears to be the local community - farmers, bakers, vintners, dairymaids etc. However, Krippe are not only for Christmas. The collection in Brixen/Bressanone Diocesan Museum includes populous displays for just about every biblical episode, not just the Nativity alone. The photo is of a detail of such a Krippe made in the early 1700s and you may be delighted to see two stitchers working on the same panel, perhaps a sampler, we can't be entirely sure.
My apologies for worrying you with my absence - thank you for all your thoughtful emails in my absence - it is never easy to get connections up in the Dolomites where we have been walking but I thought it would be nice to take a rest prior to my retirement at the end of this year.