18th Century

Book Review – Threads of Feeling

I’ve been intrigued by the Foundling Hospital’s collection of textiles since I first heard about it a few years ago. This book has been on my wish list for a while, and with Valentine’s day coming up, I decided to track down a copy. Threads of Feeling by John Styles The book gives a glimpse
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Crewelwork Linen Gown – Samples

Before I committed to moving forward on this project, I made up a sample. I used the wool threads I had on hand, which are the Lana wool threads I use for machine embroidery. I had to make do with the colors I already had, which didn’t always blend that well or match the original.
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Crewelwork Linen Gown – Planning & Materials

Now that I’ve committed to this ambitious project, I have to start breaking it down into manageable parts. The most important piece is the embroidery design itself. As usual, I started by creating vector art of each of the motifs. This was a bit tricky, since I have to account for the folds of the
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Crewelwork Linen Gown – Inspiration

I’ve fallen head over heels for this crewelwork linen gown from LACMA. The bright sprigs of flowers and the green trim just make me happy. This gown presents a couple *minor* challenges. For one, it needs yards and yards of embroidered fabric. Two, it needs yards and yards of handmade trim. So naturally, I decided
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Overview of Historical Embroidery Styles, Part 3

This week, we continue our embroidery journey into the 1700s. Embroidery returns to clothing in full force after a bit of a lull in the previous decades. Embroidery thrived in the 18th century and embellished both men and women’s clothing, including coats, waistcoats, gowns, petticoats, stomachers, and accessories. Jacobean-Inspired Designs When the use of embroidery
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Lakewood passementerie class

18th c. Passementerie Classes – Paris & Lakewood

In the last few years, I’ve discovered I LOVE teaching and seeing how excited my students are to learn new skills. Online classes are all well and good, but there is something special about being able to connect in person.  In September I had two great opportunities to teach 18th c. passementerie & “fly” fringe
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The Historical Costumer’s Etsy Gift Guide

Christmas is almost here, and I’ve gathered together a list of items on Etsy that I’d love to see under my tree. They might be just the thing for your favorite historical costumer, as well! *Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission
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Embroidery Giveaway – 1821 Floral Border

Happy May Day! I can’t knock on your door and leave you all flowers, but I can make sure that this month’s giveaway includes a beautiful bouquet. This design is based on an illustration published in the October 1821 edition of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics. It is one of my earliest
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18th c court suit

Embroidery Inspiration – 18th Century Embroidery Styles

The 18th century was a glorious time for embroidery, and a sample from that era ends up in nearly every one of my Embroidery Inspiration posts. However, individual items don’t really give you an idea of what was happening during the century. So this week, let’s take a walk through the timeline of 18th century
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Embroidery Inspiration – 18th c. Quilted Petticoats

With the upcoming release of my 18th c. quilted petticoat design, my mind is swimming with visions of quilted silk in every color. So for this week’s embroidery inspiration, let’s dive into the colorful world of 18th c. quilted petticoats. Now, I realize that quilting and embroidery are two entirely different branches of needlework. However,
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