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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What do you do

When you aren`t working or stitching? I tend to surf needlework related sites, and I though i`d share a few favorites.

A site to oogle antique samplers: http://www.antiquesamplers.org/home.php you need to be a member to access the site, but sign up is free.

http://www.exemplum.co.uk/home.html a British site with lots of good info about antique samplers, including how to go about researching the provenance if you are lucky enough to buy an antique.

http://www.atticneedlework.com/ The Attic....right now I am scrolling through their past editions of their newsletters and remembering all the designs I meant to buy...and stitch...(dangerous if you are on a stash diet)

My interest in 16th century English samplers has started to ooze over into Elizabethan costuming...the motifs practised and perfected on the samplers were intended to make the clothing resplendent...and this site is just overflowing with everything Elizabethan.
http://www.elizabethancostume.net/ including some lovely jewelery (another passion of mine)

http://www.gtj.org.uk/index.php?id=227&L=0 This is a site on Welsh culture, with some lovely samplers to enjoy.

http://www.glasgowmuseums.com/venue/showExhibition.cfm?venueid=12&itemid=99&Showid=85 and of course, the Burrell Collection. The samplers are really hard to find if you go to the main site, so I just Googled the exhibit and found it that way.

These are just a few sites I have browsed lately. They cut into my stitching time, but they are still time well spent, IMO. There is so much information out there now, and well worth the time it takes to do a few searches.

Well, it`s time for me to get cosy with a Harry Potter movie and my red sampler....Keep stitching ladies!


Giovanna said...

Thanks for the links, mj - I'll just have to go exploring as soon as I have time!

:: wee bird :: said...

thanks for the links,I love the Tudor era and some of these links I haven't seen before.I will take more time and look through them again
I started that sal too,even if it takes two years to finish it I think it will be worth it

Cynthia said...

Hi, MJ,

I recently found your blog. Your red sampler is very pretty.

I just saw a needlework exhibit in NYC http://www.bgc.bard.edu/exhibit/index.shtml# that included some amazing 16th century English sampler. The work is exquisite and they are so well preserved, no discoloration or damage. The exhibit closes next weekend but I'm going to try to see it again so I can drool some more.