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I believe that needlework of all kinds should have a place in today’s society and not be relegated to the sidelines. I want to contribute to preserving techniques that are almost lost, by researching them, trying them out and incorporating them into modern designs. What can we learn from our textile traditions? Why is it that important to preserve them? What resources can we draw on? Those are important questions for me personally and I’d like to explore them using this blog.

Creating things out of textile materials seems to be in my blood. My grandmother was a seamstress, and my mother created a lot of her own clothing herself when she was a young girl. It was natural to me to learn all the different kinds of needlework I could get my hands on: embroidery, crochet, macramee, bobbin lace. To my disappointment, I never managed to get the hang of knitting as a kid, since my tension always was too strong and by the third row I wasn’t able to insert a needle into the finished stitches anymore. But to my surprise, when I tried again a few years ago, those problems had disappeared, and knitting is actually quite easy now!

Whenever I learn about a kind of needlework I don’t know how to do, I have to try it. Figuring out the process of something new is half the fun for me. While I might never get back to something once I’ve tried it, more often I find a new love that will have to compete for time with all the other stuff I like to do, like discovering yet another field on the verge of being forgotten.

To make sure historical textile crafts aren’t completely forgotten, I will use this blog

  • to write about great old and new books as well as the best needles from the ever-growing haystack that’s the internet,
  • to share my discoveries from museums and exhibitions that show historical as well as modern textiles,
  • to show how I use the techniques I learn about in my own projects,
  • to provide tutorials for techniques where such information isn’t readily available elsewhere.

This blog enables me to present the results of my explorations immediately, and I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do!

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  1. Hello,

    We posted a link to your great needlework lace tutorial on our blog. We are having a juried hand embroidery show in Savannah, GA. Please check us out at StitchSpectacular.wordpress.com

  2. Hi
    I was wondering if you would be interested in showcasing some of your work on Stitcher’s Showcase.

    Stitcher’s Showcase is a website my husband Jeff and I have started that is dedicated to stitching artists showcasing their work, including quilting and tapestry artists. We want to provide a great community for artists to showcase their work and to interact. We would love to see you bring your talents to the site.

    We hope the community will inspire others and help them with their activities.

    There is no charge. You can customise your own page and include a link back to your website to help promote your own activities. We only ask no blatant commercial promotion of products etc.

    The website is http://StitchersShowcase.com

    If you like the site and would be kind enough to help us spread the word, a mention in your blog or on your website would be greatly appreciated.

    Regardless, I would love to see you showcase your work there.

    Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely
    Ann Pritchard
    Stitcher’s Showcase

  3. Thank you for stopping by and following The UFO Garage & Fabric Depot.
    I love your patchwork projects and will return to take a look at your other posts as well.
    Greetings from Germany, Jule

  4. I have just started to try Mountmellick embroidery and love to read your blog, it is very inspiring to a new embroiderer.

  5. I’m finishing my version of your Great Wave/Storm at Sea after a very long hiatus. If you’d like to see it happen, it’s posted here:

    https://www.threadbias.com/projects/buchheim-meets-hokusai-in-a-storm-at-sea

    • It’s absolutely lovely. Small correction, though … I’m German, not Australian :-)


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