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Through the Eye of the Needle

The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz Embroideries that Record History Esther used her needle and thread to record her vivid memories of her family, her village, her escape and her survival in Poland during the 1930s and 40s. This is not only a remarkable series of embroidered panels, it is a historical record of the […]

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The very first type of embroidery – ever

Would you believe that the first type of embroidery that was ever created was……….wait for it………….Needle Weaving!!  It happened many centuries or even thousands of years BC.   Spinning and weaving had already been established of course. And this is how it happened. The weaver, having set up his/her loom with warp threads, then wove […]

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WW I Remembrance Altar Frontal. St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

November 11, 2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War l.  Every Remembrance Day is special to all those who cherish their freedom. It is the day when we remember and thank those who have gave their lives  to keep the freedoms formulated in the Magna Carta alive for us and for future […]

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The Making of the Bayeux Tapestry – the absolute latest news.

“The Making of the Bayeux Tapestry” is an extensive article on History Extra, the website for BBC History Magazine and BBC World Histories Magazine. The article, which is written in a question & answer format interviewing Alexandra Lester-Makin, PhD Medieval Embroidery and professional embroiderer, answers all kinds of questions about the tapestry, from how it […]

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The Magna Carta Quilts

The Magna Carta Quilts The Magna Carta Quilts are a series of eight quilts made to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215 A.D.  They celebrate the establishment of Human Rights and celebrate the birthplace of Democracy, worldwide. They were made in 2014/15 by the Magna Carta […]

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Stamford Bridge Tapestry is making progress.

There are three embroideries/tapestries that record the events in England  in 1066.  The first was the Battle of Fulford Gate which was won by the invading Vikings.  The second was the Battle of Stamford Bridge which the Saxons won and which ended the Viking’s career of invading and marauding communities in the northern hemisphere.  These […]

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More Summer Flowers – a Second Peek

 Lavender  Lavender is featured in Water Garden and Briarwood Garden. Lavender is a bushy plant with long, delicate stems and leaves. The blue/mauve flowers form long spikes with a knobby  texture. It looks to be related to Veronica but the structure and colour of the leaves are different. Stalks and Leaves: Green 988 (2). Flowers: […]

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Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project 1066- updated.

Here is a new video that updates us on the progress made to the Stamford Bridge Tapestry.  I wrote about this project a few months ago.  The video will tell you and show you the embroidery in progress. Here is a repeat of  the historical background. 1066 was a bad year for England.  Very bad […]

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Just 70 years young and ready to travel to a museum.

This glamorous young lady was made by myself in 1947/48 when I was about 14/15 years old.  She is 20″ tall/long.  She is sitting down in this photo and is able to sit unsupported. Yes she was a challenge to make as there was a lack of the necessary materials after the end of the […]

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Embroideries that Record History – San Diego continued.

We noted that the hillsides around San Diego were arid.  Trees and grass were only in the city as they are dependent on irrigation.  I am sure that the residential areas now spread up the hillsides and that they are no longer as arid as when we saw them.  In November, the weather was lovely.  […]

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