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The Country Wife Mural 3

The ladies choir is in full voice.  Look at their faces, their expressions, their hats and their clothes.  Fabric was in short supply in those post war years so that it is possible that the different fabrics came from available stashes.  Make do and mend was still prevalent at the time.  Note the shoes and […]

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The Country Wife Mural 2

Starting at the top left hand corner of the Country Wife, the area is dark but, not empty.  It would seem to show women working in the garden.  It is unusual in my mind to have a dark area at the top of a piece of work but it works well here in that it […]

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The Country Wife by Constance Howard 1951

The Festival of Britain happened in the summer of 1951.  It was initiated  by the Labour government to showcase Britain’s industries, arts and science.  It featured the inventiveness and genius of British scientists and technologists.  Another goal was to boost the morale of the British people and to give a message of recovery to those […]

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Happy Easter wishes to our friends in the southern hemisphere.

Summer must be fading for you with the late summer flowers and harvesting in progress.  To be seasonal for you, I am sending you the instructions for Purple Coneflowers from Hand Stitch Recognizable Summer Flowers.  The book contains many different flowers and plants as well as different ideas for backgrounds.  When you ‘take a peek’ […]

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Embroideries that Record History
Queen Mary’s Carpet

This interesting embroidery does not record history; it is history The photo shows you the content and the size of the embroidery. The Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth are looking at it. You will see a colour photo later. Queen Mary’s Carpet is included here because, timewise, it is the next embroidery of note to […]

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“No favourite colour, just make it bright please!”

Daytimers or Appointment books seem to be made in one colour – black. Like early Ford motor cars – shiny black. Those covers are not only black and shiny, they are also slippery with a homing instinct for the floor of the car and the cavities of upholstery. A few years ago, I made an […]

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The Latest News on the Hastings Embroideries

In response to one of my articles posted in early February, I received a phone call from David Sanderson, Arts Correspondent of The Times in London. He was writing an article about the Hastings Embroideries which is being published today, March 8, 2018. The Times – Free to a good home… the Hastings Embroidery, rival […]

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The medieval tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings is to leave France and head for England for first time in 950 years

Jan 25, 2018 Nikola Budanovic Reprinted from The Vintage News – Jan 26, 2018 First, an answer to a question. Magna Carta Panels; “Get out and get under” photo. Yes, it is unusual to have to do this. It is sometimes necessary when repairing old textiles that cannot be rolled onto the wooden frame bars. […]

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MAGNA CARTA (AN EMBROIDERY) with thanks to information on Wikipedia

Moving to more recent times, the Magna Carta (an Embroidery) commemorates the 800th Anniversary of the signing of this document by King John and the Barons. It is the charter of rights and freedoms and formed the base of the Constitution of England and many other countries, Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a 2015 work […]

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The Hastings Embroidery.

For those who are unaware of this national treasure, here are some facts: The Hastings Embroidery was commissioned by Group Captain Ralph Ward, or, the County Borough of Hastings. It was made by the Royal School of Needlework in 1965 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1966. It consists of […]

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