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April 07, 2008

How Time Flies!

Itís been quite a while since the last e-zine. So many things seemed to keep me from having the time to send out any current news. That changes as of today. Victorian Embroidery and Crafts is at the top of my priority list so you can be sure Iíll be getting any new information out to you in a timely manner.

I would like to apologize to anyone who may have written and I did not respond. Since the end of December, I have had my new (well, itís a year old now) computer crash Ė not once, but twice. It had to be sent back to the company both times to be fixed. Needless to say, being without my computer for a while and then trying to get things back where they belonged as well as getting things to work again has been a challenge. Luckily, I didnít lose any information.

I am currently working on some changes to the site. Hopefully you will soon find the pages load faster, that you can find the information you are looking for more easily and the layout is a little more pleasing to the eye.


What's New!


There are a number of new items on the site- too many to mention. A number of embroidery, crochet and knitting projects are there. Two of the newest items are:
  • Chair Covers. One embroidery project explains how to make a chair cover that has an Oriental flair to it. To learn more, see Chair Covers.

  • Victorian Cushion Covers. One is a Scrim Cushion Cover. Itís made with scrim and ribbons and is to be used on a vanity or dresser. To learn more, see Cushion Covers.



    There is also information on newly listed types of embroidery as well as a number of embroidery stitches that you will find useful.


    Other News


    If you are like me, you probably have half a dozen (or more) crafts started and a few more you would really like to do. If they are knitting, crochet or embroidery type crafts, they can take some time to complete. Although I absolutely love Victorian embroidery, etc., I like instant gratification at times. I also like crafts that are easy to do, donít cost a lot, and of course, look great when completed. While I do have crafts on the site, and will continue to add more, I like to see what others are doing as well. Thatís where the following site comes in. It is vintageimagecraft.

    Here you will find vintage inspired crafts that have step-by-step instructions Ė complete with photographs! These are all made with things that you may have around the house or can easily obtain. Be sure to check out the site! Iím sure youíll thoroughly enjoy it.

    Comments, Requests and Responses

    I have received a number of comments, requests, and questions during the last couple of months. I thought Iíd share them with you. If you would like to add any comments or provide information for others, I will gladly pass it along and post it in next monthís e-zine. You will, of course, be credited for the information you provide.

    #1. There have been requests for outline patterns for flowers done in Long and Short stitch. I am currently working on that. The patterns and information supplied on the site are over 100 years old and it takes me some time to clean them up to be useable. I do hope to make some available soon.

    #2. A few requests have been for colored pictures of materials and designs. I have added this to my ďto doĒ list.

    #3. I have had a number of requests for ďChicken ScratchĒ embroidery patterns. To be honest, I had never heard of this type of embroidery. I have not had time to do research on this. Does anyone know of a good source of patterns for this type of embroidery?

    #4. A number of readers are interested in womenís clothes and the role of women in the Victorian era. Although this site is about embroidery and crafts, I do believe I will have some information available in the next two months that will answer these and other similar questions.

    #5. Could you add places to purchase the materials needed to complete the craft? Stores, on-line stores, phone numbers to the stores and directions to those stores.

    Yes! I am presently working hard on that. Iím hoping that in the very near future I will be able to provide that kind of information on all the projects provided on the site.

    A few specific requests:

    #6. I am interested in Coventry and Traditional Homemaking. Ecclesiastical patterns such as Marian or Edwardian patterns would be wonderful.

    My comment: I have, just this week, purchased a book that has some Ecclesiastical information in it. I havenít read or studied the contents yet, but I will gladly share what is there. I will add the information to the site as soon as possible.

    Do any of you have any information that would help her find the information she is requesting? If you know of a good source for Ecclesiastical ( Marian or Edwardian) patterns, please let me know.

    #7. I would like to find some Victorian white work patterns or Broderie Anglaise patterns from the 19th Century. I dress Victorian for my historical town and in our group we make our own clothes.

    My Comment: Unfortunately, the information I had was not what she was looking for. She is aware of patterns in Godeyís Publications, but these are not what she is looking for. Can anyone help her? By the way, I asked her to let me know if and when her group might be involved with an ďopen houseĒ or event open to the public. Iíll pass the information along when I get it.

    And last but not least:

    #8. A reader has been searching for more information on Gretchen Embroidery and canít seem to find any. It is mentioned only once in a book I have. No other book I own makes reference to it. Anyone willing and able to help her find this information?

    To send any information you would like to share, just E-mail me.

    Keep the questions, comments and answers coming. I love to hear from you.

    Until next time,

    Mary

    P.S. - If clicking on a link does not take you to the appropriate page, please cut and paste the link (be sure to get all of it) into your browser. This sometimes happens when the links print on two separate lines in an e-mail.

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