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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 on: Today at 05:26:33 PM
It's round, anyway!   Cheesy



2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 04:31:15 PM
From fan magazine Cinema Chat, Number 1, May 26 1919, this review of Ernest's first film, of his stage hit "A Little Bit of Fluff" which he felt was a failure because he didn't know how to act in front of the camera.  The fans seem to like it!





3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: Today at 04:26:47 PM
Prompt:  October - No Bones
Team:   Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name: Skully Pumpkin
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Felt and embroidery pumpkin with skull face.
Project Picture: 




4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: Today at 03:53:42 PM
I love my Wolpertinger!   Cheesy

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 01:50:40 PM
In the Pathe newsreel of him being an Expert Embroiderer, he seems to be sketching directly on the canvas and then stitching, so he made his own patterns on the fly.  I think he was all kinds of a genius.  Shocked  His designs seem based on Dutch-style flower paintings, of the sort he also sometimes emulated  in paint.


6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 01:14:21 PM
I feel I've only brushed the surface of this personality.  Every time I think I've got to the bottom, I peel off another layer and there's more.  So at this point, there's no telling what might have happened aside from Willie Ranken going to America with John Singer Sargent during the war.  There's speculation Sargent and Ranken might have had a thing going on, but I don't know if there's any definite evidence.  It seems like a very complicated situation, but as I said pages back, Thesiger doesn't even slightly mention it in his memoir, unless I somehow got some pages stuck together.  He doesn't mention much at all, as it turns out.  "Practically True" is more like "Practically Nothing."  Anything or anyone even slightly associated with scandal is not mentioned by this most urbane of gentlemen.   Cool

Meanwhile all the embroidering...he must have done many square yards of it.  But I can find no listing at all of any of his embroidery anywhere in any collection.  Nor does any show up in auction listings like his paintings sometimes do....What could have become of it?   Huh

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: Today at 08:04:34 AM
It's possible, but it's hard for me to see him keeping up appearances when he was going to the wildest parties in town, in female costume!   Cheesy  Although, as you point out, it could have been a role which came in handy if someone challenged him about his, er, lifestyle "My dear, I am a happily married man!" (they remained married all of Ernest's life, Janette outliving him by a few years)

Now I'm running into some quite wacky stuff, correspondence from Aleister Crowley to Ernest, asking him to read Crowley's "Hymn to Pan" at some meeting or other (Foyle's Literary Luncheon).  One is not keeping up appearances by hanging out with the most infamous warlock on the planet.  Wink On the other hand, Ernest was active in his church and dressed in proper frock coat and collar to pass the plate.... Roll Eyes

I can only find this book on googlebooks in Spanish, so my translation isn't the best, but here's the letter, more or less:

'Dear Thesiger,
How are you, after so many years? The Foyles want to recite my "Hymn to Pan" instead of "Thank you" which usually opens the meeting. You'll want to do it? If it is so, please telephone me tomorrow early in the morning, or else at the Foyle home,  to agree on the details.
Always yours, Aleister Crowley'

And here's Hymn to Pan, which you can recite in your head in Ernest's amazing voice:

http://hermetic.com/crowley/book-4/hymn.html
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: Today at 05:21:40 AM
Happy Halloween, Nerds!



Have a spooky time of it!   Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: Today at 02:13:04 AM
Babs looks ready for action in her Starfleet uniform!   Smiley

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 3D Bug Swap - Gallery on: October 30, 2014 06:12:31 PM
Wow, you're fast!  Those are great, especially giant knitted ant!   Smiley
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