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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Cryptid Swap - SU CLOSED, SO 11/18 on: Today at 06:03:16 PM
Oh my goodness, I am so thrilled with my partner - whenindoubtsew!  She has such great cryptids on her list, how will I choose?  Cheesy

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage needlework research help needed! on: Today at 03:22:25 PM
Yeah,it sure is, but I don't think there's much point in complaining to the printer, who is in India.   Angry

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 03:13:40 PM
Thank you for the support!  Smiley  I'm worried I've been bugging my husband with the "Ernest Thesiger Fact of the Day."  Roll Eyes Today's fact: He was in very early television - a broadcast of Shaw's play "Geneva" in 1939!  And lookin' sharp - see photo of him as "Sir Orpheus Midlander" earlier in this thread.   Cool  He was in several subsequent  TV productions, up to the year before his death.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Reversed appliqu Stitch Along on: Today at 12:55:37 PM
Love these examples!  I might be able to join this in a couple weeks.  Smiley

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage needlework research help needed! on: Today at 06:28:49 AM
Warning:  Do not waste your money on the "reproduction" of Weldon's Antique Tapestry.  It is not a true reproduction, it is a cheap set of black and white copies.  There are no color pictures as in the original!   Angry

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 06:19:20 AM
I'm glad you're interested.  Smiley I'm going to try to get reproductions of the memoir, a couple sketches of him which I suspect might be by Willie Ranken,  sets of photos of him from the war and earlier, and photos of his artwork (damn, there better be some embroidery or beadwork in there  Angry). It's hard to narrow it down (I'll take everything, please!) I have to admit I'm concerned about the expense, but feel it is worth a sacrifice from an historical point of view.   Shocked

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: October 23, 2014 02:42:27 PM
Hey guys, I'm preparing to write to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection about getting Ernest's unpublished memoir copied, and I'm going to ask about having a few other things reproduced as well.  If you're interested, please take a look at the collection catalogue and let me know if there is anything you especially would like to see. I think this thread, being history of embroidery, should qualify as "fair use" for me to show images.  If not, I will have to get some kind of commercial permission, though this certainly is not commercial use in my opinion.  Angry  And the copyright holder has been dead longer than I've been alive.  Roll Eyes  Here's the Thesiger collection:  http://tinyurl.com/qckx9l2

Peter Winnington asked me to let him know if I think the memoir would be worth publishing.  Not sure if he means only anything relevant to Peake, or the whole thing.  Either way that would be cool to get it out into the world.

Fortunately the Theatre Collection will let me know if reproduction fees exceed the minimum charge, so I won't suddenly get a bill for, I dunno, $500.  Tongue

This is kind of getting into the nerdism in a serious way, isn't it?  Wink  Thanks for your help and encouragement! 

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Poe and Lovecraft Framed Portraits on: October 23, 2014 08:57:09 AM
I like these very much, especially the combination of flowers and tentacles.  Smiley

Hmm, flowers and tentacles.....

9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Cryptid Swap - SU 10/9-10/24, SO 11/18 on: October 23, 2014 06:19:06 AM
He does look just like Zero!   Cheesy

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: October 23, 2014 04:58:02 AM
Yes, that would be nice!

Here's an email exchange I just had with Mervyn Peake's biographer regarding the Peake/Thesiger connection:

"Dear Mr Winnington,

I have a little biographical question to ask you about Mervyn Peake.  Recently Ive been researching the life of actor and notorious London eccentric Ernest Thesiger.  Several readers of the Gormenghast novels have noted a distinct resemblance between Thesiger and Dr Prunesquallor - both tall and impossibly thin, with long pointed noses, beautiful hands, an unnaturally graceful way of moving,  the habit of staring at people and behaving in an exaggeratedly courteous manner while insulting everyone around them.  Thesiger and Peake lived and worked in the same general area of London and probably knew some of the same people in the arts world.  They both worked on the same theatrical production in 1937, "The Son of the Grand Eunuch."  Do you know if there is any evidence that they actually knew each other?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Yours truly,
HL Tyler"

"Thank you for your very interesting message.
I had not heard of this possible source of inspiration -- in fact, it's the first time that I've heard Thesiger mentioned in connection with Peake. We might guess that Peake met various members of the cast of the Grand Eunuch, but there's no proof of it. Certainly, Maeve never mentioned Thesiger, so if inspiration there was, she was not aware of it.
There's an unpublished autobiography by Thesiger -- that might be the place to look for a mention of Peake.

So, it looks like I should save up my $$ to try to get the unpublished memoir copied.... Shocked

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