I tried to control myself but still ended up with more than I intended. I'd not seen the Lesa Steele dragons before and they are lovely. Samplers combined with dragons - what a combination! I got three more of the Just Nan small squares, now I only have one more to collect and I have them all. Plus a larger Just Nan. The rest is mainly fabric, enough blue evenweave to stitch both dragon samplers and plenty of white/cream for whatever. The mint green is pearlescent and so pretty, just right for Christmassy things. Plus some beads, some Kreinik. And a snowflake for no good reason.
|RIP Timberhill Workbox - you will be missed.|
So that's the Modern History, now for the Ancient:-
After a delicious and nutritious meal in MacDs we went to a museum - Strangers' Hall. This is a beautiful historic house in the centre of the city which dates back to the 14th Century. It's been a museum since 1900 but was closed for a while at the end of the 20th Century. Happily it has reopened now and I was able to relive my childhood visits with my own son.
The house is a maze of small rooms and staircases leading you round the entire house. Each room is decorated for a different period in history from the Tudor Great Hall to the Victorian Nursery via the C17th Walnut Room and Georgian Dining Room. Some of the textiles are original and some are reproductions. One of the guides told me there is a sewing group who make them for the house (I must find out how to join in!).
You can read more about the history if you follow the link but here's a few of my favourites facts -
the Hall is called "Strangers' Hall" after Dutch, Walloon and Flemish refugee weavers who stayed there in the C16th. They helped revive the ailing textile industry.
there is a painting showing 10 decades of a man's life with each decade represented by a different animal, lamb for a baby, kid for a 10 year old, lion for a soldier, fox for a wise man right through to a swan for the old man (his swan-song).
there is a wonderful toy room full of old toys including a Noah's Ark with every animal imaginable in a long line, 2 by 2. This is displayed in EXACTLY the same way I remember it from my childhood although the toy room has been moved to the ground floor now.
I didn't have my camera but here are a couple of pages from the guide. The bottom right picture is a detail from a sampler they have there by Hannah Hannant dated 1814. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything about her at all!
The Crafty Kitten called Waterfall.
Tonight I promise faithfully to start my Art Nouveau Brunette Head which will be Number 4 on my 11 in '11 but keeps getting shunted in favour of more pushy projects which shout "STITCH ME NOOOOOOOOOW" more loudly. Or is it just the voices in my head?!!