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 on: Today at 02:10:47 PM 
Started by rscowtown - Last post by anna.wahnsinn
ok swappers, Averia is first up for grabs, she was the last person to make a claim, so go over to the main board and read up on what she likes and start stalking her!

Done! Then again I did not have to go through ALL of her boards to discover that she likes blue (and blue&white) as our lovely organizer mentioned it already... Wink

 on: Today at 02:10:37 PM 
Started by Ludi - Last post by Ludi
I wrote a little book report  Smiley

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection, which houses the Ernest Thesiger Archive, reports much recent interest in Ernest.  One result of this interest is an article by Joseph McBrinn in the current issue of TEXT, the journal of the UK Textile Society, entitled Ernest Thesiger Expert Embroiderer.  http://www.textilesociety.org.uk/text-journal/text-back-issues.php

Not surprisingly, McBrinn focuses on Thesigers outlandish personality and behavior, one remarkable aspect of which was his insistence on carrying his needlework with him wherever he went.  McBrinn seems to take a somewhat negative tack in his discussion of Ernests impression on his contemporaries, including opinions from people who found him bizarre and even frightening, rather than those who found him charming and funny.  Regarding Thesigers penchant for female costume, McBrinn leaps to an odd conclusion his fondness for female impersonation often led him to be compared to, if not mistaken for, the actresses Violet Vanbrugh and Gladys Cooper. The comparison to Cooper, at least, derives from a story told by Ernest himself.  Its implausible that he, with his caricature-like physiognomy, could be mistaken for the famous beauty.  McBrinn comments on Thesigers open homosexuality, yet claims Any reference to homosexuality is omitted from the two volumes of published and unpublished memoirs he completed in 1927 and in 1955.  This is not strictly accurate; in his 1927 memoir Practically True, Thesiger gives a subtle account of the attempt by author Samuel Butler to seduce him when he was a youth:  The next time I met this Mr. Butler was at a garden-party at Lambeth Palace, and he spent the afternoon filling me with ices and strawberries and cream.  We met several times after that, and he was always extraordinarily friendly and kind, and had his appearance been less repugnant to me I should have completely succumbed to his charm.

McBrinn points out that Thesiger holds the place as the most famous male figure in the history of English embroidery, and yet, sadly, apparently none of his embroidery work survives.  McBrinn continues with more commentary about Thesigers life, saying that much of what is known about him is, in many respects, gossip.  McBrinn does little to repair this sad state of affairs, gossiping about Thesigers marriage to Janette Ranken, his friendship with Queen Mary, and his relationship with Janettes brother William.  No new light is shed on this relationship, which remains in the realm of speculation, although it is mentioned as significant in the context of the article because it was William who apparently introduced Thesiger to the craft of embroidery.

The article continues with a discussion of the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry, which Ernest helped found after WW1, and then on to comments about Ernests ecclesiastical embroidery work, all of which appears to be lost, the publication of Thesigers book Adventures in Embroidery, and his later  appearances promoting embroidery in various media.

McBrinn states Throughout his long and productive life Ernest Thesiger was dismissed as effeminate, camp and frivolous.  This is, I feel,  a rather negative conclusion and differs from the impression I have received from my investigations into his life.  I find it to be the interpretation of critics from our own time.  In his day, Thesiger was a highly regarded figure on the stage, one of the most popular comic actors of his time, while simultaneously being a much-publicized eccentric.  McBrinn continues But his commitment to embroidery is undeniable and his life and work deserve to be much better documented.  Given that the centenary of the Disabled Soldiers Embroidery Industry is only a few years away surely it is time for a proper reassessment of this inimitable figure and his context.  I heartily agree and am doing my best to forward this documentation. 

In the notes, McBrinn claims that, aside from a watercolor in the Victoria and Albert Museum, The only other surviving work by Thesiger is a painted copy of an Aubusson carpet for the dining room and two miniature paintings of Italianate landscapes for the library in Queen Marys Dolls House.  This is inaccurate as there are many surviving examples of Ernests drawing and painting  as can be seen on The Artist page of the Ernest Thesiger website.

Im happy to see an article about Ernest appear in a journal of this kind, though I have reservations about McBrinns unoriginal repetition of a stereotypical interpretation of Ernests life.  Im also critical of McBrinns choice to use references which contain errors, such as Eccentrics of Comedy.

 on: Today at 02:08:41 PM 
Started by kittykill - Last post by kittykill
That is so pretty. I like the colors.

 on: Today at 02:07:29 PM 
Started by FreakieGeekie - Last post by steiconi
I thought you were going to propose a sweet, cuddly angel stuffie.

 on: Today at 02:04:20 PM 
Started by Lokiie1984 - Last post by steiconi
and if you're using an unshaped stuffing like fiberfill, stuff each corner first, wadding a bunch of fill tightly into the angle.  Forceps/Kelly clamps or long tweezers can help do this.  Then stuff the body of the cube, and you don't have to pack it so tightly.

This technique works for any tight spaces, like arms and legs and noses.

 on: Today at 02:02:47 PM 
Started by cmarion3 - Last post by kittykill
This is sooo very very awesome.

 on: Today at 01:53:14 PM 
Started by aisy - Last post by MissingWillow
Aisy, your profile pic reminds me of Jessica Rabbit.  Cheesy Hello beautiful!

I was thinking the same thing!

 on: Today at 01:52:59 PM 
Started by gozer - Last post by steiconi
Really nice! 

I like the exposed wires, but if you wanted to hide them, you could cut a piece of foamcore or matt board to fit inside the back of the box and mount the lights behind and poking out through it, leaving the box itself intact.

AND I'm checking my library for a new author!  Had trouble finding her; her name is spelled Stiefvater

 on: Today at 01:51:45 PM 
Started by amigurl55 - Last post by kittykill
Such great stitching. Creepy cute.

 on: Today at 01:50:16 PM 
Started by Arys - Last post by GumInMyHair
So cute! Great idea.

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