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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Vintage needlework research help needed! on: September 29, 2014 09:13:48 AM



I am researching the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry, which was formed in London after World War 1.  Im looking for any magazine articles, pictures, or crafted items pertaining to the Industry.  Specifically Im looking for copies of a special issue of Weldons Antique Tapestry Magazine published in England after 1915, probably in the 1920s; I dont know the specific date of publication (but Im working on it!).



Thanks for any help you can provide!

More info about the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435588.0#axzz3EikXVy5y
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Vintage needlework research help needed! on: September 29, 2014 09:12:24 AM



I am researching the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry, which was formed in London after World War 1.  Im looking for any magazine articles, pictures, or crafted items pertaining to the Industry.  Specifically Im looking for copies of a special issue of Weldons Antique Tapestry Magazine published in England after 1915, probably in the 1920s; I don't know the specific date of publication (but Im working on it!).



Thanks for any help you can provide!  Smiley

More info about the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435588.0#axzz3EikXVy5y

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / One Down Eight to Go on: September 26, 2014 03:01:19 PM
Mixed media with embroidery, for missmuffcake in the Faux Taxidermy Swap:



4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tuberous Personages on: September 17, 2014 06:29:17 AM
For the Fall Dotee Swap.



Boob-tuber for artsycandice



Autumn Death Root for La Chapa



Grumpy Old Mandrake for Smmarrt




5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Collaborative endeavor - a plethora of eyes on: September 16, 2014 03:10:46 PM
Here's the other hoop suereal and I worked for our fake Half-a-Hoopla swap:



Suereal included 4 doll's eyes, two mother-of-pearl beads, and some rubbery type of material, as well as silver thread and glow in the dark floss.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Collaborative Stream of Consciousness on: September 13, 2014 09:38:12 AM
suereal and I "fake joined" the Half-a-Hoopla Swap, in which we each worked approximately half the design of an embroidery, and the partner finished the other half.

Here's the half suereal worked:



She included a skein of glow-in-the-dark white floss and an eye.

Here's the finished piece which I sent to her:

approximately 4.5 inches in diameter



I had loads of fun interpreting her beginning; I think we are a well-matched pair of mad scientists swappers.  Smiley

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Half Bath to Wunderkammer project on: September 10, 2014 04:40:18 PM
Tomorrow I plan to begin renovating our downstairs half bathroom; my decorating scheme is "Wunderkammer" or "Cabinet of Curiosities."  This is the bathroom we use most frequently and also the one which visitors use, so I'd like it to be interesting, if not fascinating.  Smiley  Currently it is quite bleak.  White walls, dark brown trim.



The room is dominated by this old Disneyland poster that my husband inherited from a friend.  We hate Monsanto, so we want to get rid of it.  There's also a huge bulletin board, which is kind of weird to have in a bathroom...  Tongue



The floor is especially sad, as I used the wrong kind of vinyl floor tile and it is all coming up:



The light fixture is also pretty tragic.  Seems like there ought to be something else on that wall...We purchased the house in a rudimentary form which included only the cheapest fixtures.  Now that we actually own the house, I'd like to fix it up some by replacing with better quality fixtures and decorating it a bit.



I will be updating this thread with my plan and progress.

Any ideas, advice, or links to interesting spaces would be greatly appreciated!   Smiley



8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: September 09, 2014 09:43:49 AM
Awhile ago I posted about recently learning that one of my favorite olde timey actors, Ernest Thesiger, was an embroiderer and that he had written a book about it.  Thesiger is most famous for his role as the evil Dr Pretorius in Bride of Frankenstein.



Being an old horror movie nerd and an embroidery nerd, I knew I MUST HAVE the book.  There were not many copies available.  I found one at the in this case aptly named Mephisto Antiquariat in Germany and instantly ordered it.  Never mind the cost. *cough cough*  So here it is, from 1941, a slim though quite high quality book for wartime, Adventures in Embroidery by Ernest Thesiger:







Of especial interest is the section about finding inspiration for embroidery  in other media.

Film about Thesiger and his crafts:    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sbWO8AWp5g


Article by kittykill:  http://crossstitch.about.com/od/Health-Benefits-of-Cross-Stitch/fl/Ernest-Thesiger-Actor-War-Veteran-and-Needleworker.htm
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cryptid Swap on: September 08, 2014 06:06:14 AM
Because they're keen.   Smiley

http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Cryptids



10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait of Jack Brabham on: August 29, 2014 10:41:25 AM
Australian racecar champion Jack Brabham, for slotcar driver figures:





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