Of Interest:

Pilot Stitching for National:
EGA members who are interested in becoming ICC or GCC Pilot Stitchers must complete and submit the Pilot Application form that is available on the EGA website in the Members Only area under Document Downloads, Correspondence Course Documentation.  Please email completed form to GCC@egausa.org.  

Angela's Of Interest posts:

The Humble Needle:

Here is a short description of a tool we all use daily and take for granted. Do you ever think about the history of the needle? I know I don't.
Early 19th century trade description http://www.tewkesburyhistory.com/trades/needlemaker.html
Sewing history http://www.sewingmantra.com/index.php/sewing/origin-of-sewing-sewing-history/

Stitching Therapy:

Many of us stitch for enjoyment, to make gifts or just as a relaxing way to pass an evening. However, many people have found stitching to be a way to relieve stress, depression or get through a hospital stay, either personally or waiting for a family member. Here are a couple of articles about how stitching can provide relief during personally stressful situations. I wouldn't begin to suggest that stitching is a cure for any major health or emotional problems, but the next time you're having a bad day pull out a project, it just might give your a few minutes of relaxation and improve your mood. http://healing.about.com/od/therapies/a/stitching-therapy.htmhttp://sewnso.blogspot.com/2009/07/health-benefits-of-sewing.htmlhttp://www.nordicneedle.com/newsletters/stash/_100/161.shtml 
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Florence Caufield:
 

I ran across this page at the Victoria & Albert museum website and thought it was fabulous. In the early 20th century Florence Caufield studied and designed embroidery patterns based on South African Flora. You can even download the patterns to stitch yourself. She was writing a book but WWI appears to have stopped that project. There doesn't seem to be much information available about her, but she left some beautiful designs. I'd love to challenge some of our members to stitch one of them
 
VAM http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/florence-caulfield/ (designs at the bottom of the page)

NOTE: This post generated a lot of interest and we are planning to do a design as per voting during the January 2015 meeting.

Folded Ribbon Work:

Here is a blog article about folded ribbon work and how it has been used as decorations over the centuries. With examples ranging from simple to very complicated; the technique is fascinating. I also ran across a how to page for making Christmas ornaments with a version of the technique.
 
Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/RibbonsandBeads/ribbon-work-ribbon-folding/

Tatting:

Caroline posted a question about tatting; unfortunately, I couldn't find anything on the commercial manufacture of tatted lace, but I thought I'd follow up with a little information about the technique itself. Many of you may have lace doilies handed down through your family and might find this interesting. It also looks like an elegant way to add some interest to clothing. Website with tutorials and patterns http://www.tattedtreasures.com/what-is-tatting/Master's Thesis with a section on tatting http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/monographs/cmc_lace.pdfLinks to free books http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/3137.aspTips for storage and displayhttp://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/3137.asp 

Medieval Clothing:

There is a local renaissance fair in the next few weeks (Oct. 19)  so I thought I'd find some information on medieval clothing. Since the period covered approximately 1000 years it's difficult to define what that is exactly. I know when I think of that time I tend to think dark, dull and drab, but the clothes were frequently very bright and elaborate. Here is a website the describes the clothing over the centuries and the sumptuary laws through Europe. I have a degree in history and I love learnig about new periods and topics so I hope some of you enjoy it as much as I did. Fashion http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/ clothing & accessorieshttp://www.virtue.to/articles/extant.htmlPotted history http://fashionhistory.zeesonlinespace.net/medieval.html 
 

Historic Dresses:
I know we are not a group that is largely interested in sewing garments, but I find the changes of fashion throughout the centuries very interesting. Here is a blogger that is attempting to collect an online library of historic clothing in private collections. I found it very interesting and informative. It is also neat to see how different eras embellished their clothing with different stitches and techniques. Take a look; hopefully, you'll find it as interesting as I do. The dresses are tagged by era, style, etc. 
http://www.extantgowns.com/
 
Interview of Outlander Costume Designer:
A while back Bonnie posted about costumes for the Outlander TV series on Starz.  I don't know how many of you arefans of the Diana Gabaldon book series, but I for one loved the books and was thrilled when the TV series came on.  I am anxiously awaiting its return in April.  Bonnie pointed out the following info:
   I read this article just now about the design of Claire's wedding dress for the tv show and found it interesting. It is at the link below: 
'Outlander' Wedding: All the Details on Mr. and Mrs. Fraser's Attire, Plus See the Sketch of Claire's Dress https://www.yahoo.com/tv/bp/outlander-wedding-all-the-details-on-claire-s-dress--ring-jamie-s-kilt-023451554.html