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What's New at VEAC?
June 30, 2010

Something New for You!


There have been new additions to Victorian Embroidery and Crafts. I hope you enjoy!

A Stitch

Knotted Cord Stitch The Knotted Cord stitch is an easy stitch to make and can be adapted to many beautiful types of embroidery projects. Take a look and see how. Knotted Cord Stitch.

New Pattern

Jewel Patchwork pattern - Jewel patchwork gives the appearance of large precious stones set around smaller ones. This is not a typical patchwork pattern but is quite beautiful. See Jewel Patchwork Pattern.

Answer From A Reader

Earlier I posted a question from Valerie regarding Redwork patterns: "Could you tell me why some designs face each other and others don't?"

Elizabeth was kind enough to give an answer (an excellant one, I might add). Here it is.
"In regards to the question about design facing each other, this mirror imaging has been in needlework for thousands of years. If you look around ancient sculpture, bronze work, jewelry making, and many other areas it is highly evident.

In the Chinese culture of designs, mirror image of a specific design carries a message from the giver to the receiver. In the Greek-Roman times, one of the gods was illustrated with a head with two faces, one facing to the left and one to the right. The god's name was Janus and our month of January comes from him. Back then facing motifs allowed one to create more diverse borders.

I think mirror imaging of designs was done in answer to the "what if I do this" question that all stitchers have in themselves. It springs from our creativity. This is a short answer off the top of my head. If one has the time, it would be interesting to create a timeline of facing designs to see when it started; when were the times of heavy usage and what caused that heavy usage; what cultures had it or not; and is it still heavily used today in art work."

Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for taking the time to share your knowledge.

Last But Not Least!

I have a new survey you might find interesting. I have put together a few common questions I am often asked as well as questions about what you think will make Victorian Embroidery and Crafts a better site. Please take a minute or two to complete it. At the end of July I will post the results for all to see. Of course, no personal information will be revealed so you don't have to worry about your name being published. As a matter of fact, I am only asking for a first name, just in case you have requested I contact you.

Your comments, constructive criticisms (yes, even those), and suggestions are very important to me. Your Opinion Matters!

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That's it for this newsletter. You can expect another email from me in a few weeks with a lot of new and free content.

Until next time....

With warmest regards,


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