Archive for the ‘costume’ Category
Some more images from the Athens museum:
Some knitting – not a lot – most of the textiles on display were embroidered or woven – and the knitting was difficult to photo in subdued lighting:
Some stunningly elaborate costumes:
There have been a lot of tv programmes about royal weddings recently – I took some photos of the television screen.
The story and images of Diana’s dress were particularly interesting – the second image is of David Emmanuel sorting out the cocoon after it emerged from the gilded carriage – there was so much fabric it had to be squashed in.
This selection includes Bavarian knees from the Hofbräuhaus, a ceiling from the Villa Stuck, Austrian snow scenes, sketches for improved beaded borders (plus me doing the sketches), and a little wool shop in Salzburg. I didn’t find any lace weight yarn in Munich or Salzburg – except for something that’s a bit like Kidsilk Haze – I bought some in red. I also got some blue Indian glass beads at the Ethnographic Museum, like size 8 seed beads but very irregular.
Thanks for all the comments on the BSM – its official name is Black Swan Mantilla. I’ve decided to go ahead and publish the fringed version, even though it’s a complex project, and goes completely against my resolution to keep things simple! I will include an easier border option.
A final round-up of the Estonia trip…
Haapsalu is the epicentre of Estonian lace knitting – it’s a leafy seaside town with wooden houses, a castle, and a magnificent railway station. It was pretty quiet in June.
Tartu, a university town in Eastern Estonia, was deserted for Jaanipäev, but we managed to find a coffee in the very impressive central square, and a fine meal at a Georgian restaurant.
The textile items are from Tartu’s souvenir shops and a couple of small museums nearby, and include traditional men’s socks without heels – they look like they could be children’s hats.
The sketch and swatch are for the Ruff Shawl pattern – I spent a lot of time during this trip perfecting the cables.