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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 03:15:51 AM
Oh definitely; in his memoir he says of himself as a schoolboy  "..I possessed a somewhat unbridled tongue combined with an uncomfortable knack of finding out people's weak spots.  This does not make for popularity, and should be held in check by those not physically strong enough to protect themselves."  But he seems to have turned this failure into a more positive aspect later by using it to make an impression on those he wanted to remember meeting him (like anyone would forget him!).  I think he was a natural but unconscious "cold reader" who could tell a lot about a person by observing them; this may have led to him thinking he was psychic.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_reading

Oh, I have to take this moment to complain about not being able to find comprehensive information about Ernest - there's not even a complete listing of his stage work anywhere on the internet that I can find.  I thought I had found one, but after poking around a bit I realized it is missing a huge number of productions.  He was one hard-working guy!  I can only assemble a complete list by going through old issues of "The London Stage" magazine which fortunately are mostly digitized. Without a list, I can't look for more info.  I like looking at anecdotes and pictures, but I don't especially enjoy poring over pages and pages of tiny print.  Huh  Ok, stopping complaining now!   Researching from the comfort of home beats the old days of going to libraries and looking at microfilms of old newspapers!   Cheesy

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Gallery on: October 20, 2014 06:30:52 PM
Hilarious chicken costume!  Cheesy And perfect witch!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Yokai costume on: October 20, 2014 04:05:23 PM
Thanks!  We have fun every day!   Cheesy

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: October 20, 2014 04:01:42 PM
Thanks!  Cheesy

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY on: October 20, 2014 03:51:57 PM
I adore the tiny skeleton!   Cheesy



6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: October 20, 2014 03:44:57 PM
Can we stand it?   Ernest, 1934



7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2014 Gallery on: October 20, 2014 02:38:16 PM
Hatbox Ghost looks right at home there, kittykill!   Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: October 20, 2014 12:22:53 PM
Prompt:  October - Hocus Pocus
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Ursula the Sea Witch Ninni
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436299.0
Brief Description:  Felt and embroidery  doll for vincentvanbuck in the Fall Ninni Swap. 
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9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first ever twinchies! on: October 20, 2014 11:06:20 AM
Very nice!  I like the embellishment on the flower!  Smiley

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: October 20, 2014 09:01:28 AM
Yes, he was a compulsive crafter who did fancy beadwork, lace-making, paper-crafting including elaborate paper dolls, and he designed and made fancy-dress costumes which he wore to parties.  If I can save up some money I will try to get images of some of his work which is in various collections.  Smiley

He was definitely a man far ahead of his time.  According to the William Ranken website, press reports of his marriage to Janette Ranken described the couple as "Futurists" - they weren't of the Futurist school of art, but they certainly were trying to live in a social future which still has not arrived for many people, a future in which people can be themselves without fear.

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