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July 28, 2010

Something New for You!


Here are some new additions to Victorian Embroidery and Crafts. I hope you enjoy!


Bric-a-Brac Table - That's right, table. Most of us have a knick-knack or bric-a-brac shelf somewhere. You know, one of those places that you display items of interest. It can have any number of shelves but usually it will have 4 or so.

Well, Victorian ladies ingeniously came up with an idea on how to put the bric-a-brac shelf into a new use. They just made it bigger! And why would they do that ... besides their love for having a lot of items on display? They all had a need to hide the fireplace opening when a fire was not lit!

Yes, they used fans and even fireplace screens to hide the ugly black hole but why waste the space when you could have more shelves to display things?

Here is a bric-a-brac table that was suggested to ladies in 1899. You have to admit, it IS a unique idea! Bric-a-Brac Table.

More Clipart

I love the artwork from the Victorian period. I finally was able to get a small collection of posters and portraits of that era and format them for the site. Many of them would be absolutely stunning made as cards or used in any number of crafts. See for yourself!
Poster and Portrait Clipart.


As promised, here are the results of the latest poll. Thank all of you who took the time to respond. Your comments and suggestions have been very helpful.

Type of Embroidery thread most often used.
Floss (DMC or equivalent) 49.40%
Silk 8.40%
Both 30.10%
Other 12%
Do you, more often than not, use an embroidery frame?
I use an embroidery frame more often than not 75%
I rarely use an embroidery frame 20.80%
I never use an embroidery frame 4.20%
When Using Red Floos, do you...
Stablilize the clolor first using vinegar or another solution 13.90%
Use floss as purchased (no treatement)? 77.80%
Other? 8.30%
When threading a needle with embroidery thread, do you...
Use a needle threading device? 25.30%
Moisten the end of the thread before trying to thread the needle? 62.70%
Im just good and need no help threading a needle 12%
Regarding sttiches described and illustrated on this site...
The descriptions and illustrations are enough to learn to do each stitch. 44.40%
A video on how to sew each stitch would be helpful. 38.30%
Video would be a tremendous help! 17.30%
I would prefer to see...
more stitches described and illustrated 13.30%
more small embroidery designs and/or projects. 20.40%
a stitch of the month project. 22.10%
more information on crochet. 11.60%
more information on knitting. 4.4
more information on tatting. 8.30%
more Victorian crafts. 13.80%
nothing changed. I like the variety available on the site. 6.10%
I would like....
to be able to leave comments on each article. 25.80%
have a forum. 21.00%
nothing changed. I like the way it is now. 53.20%


That's it for this newsletter. You can expect another email from me in a week or so with more new and free content.

Until next time....

With warmest regards,


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