Of Interest

The Education Committee of Interest - 3 items:
Historic Threads:

This website from Colonial Williamsburg offers descriptions and explanations for clothing and accessories during the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries. There is also an online exhibit of many items from the collection and examples of hand stitched items. While I enjoy my stitching as a hobby today, I can't imagine the work involved in making such elaborately designed items on top of the daily work of living. Of course, social status would have indicated how much free time a woman had to dedicate to such work, but even poorer women would have spent a great deal of time sewing. In an era without the Ott lights and magnifying glasses and stands we have today I think it would have been difficult and tedious for many people.
Interactive exhibit: http://www.history.org/history/museums/clothingexhibit/museum_learn.cfm#...
Video: http://www.history.org/media/videoPlayer/?cat=vodcast&file=HeadtoToe

American Quilting:

The Smithsonian Museum has a collection of American quilts from the 18th and 19th century. I know quilting was often a community event, especially in winter, but I don't think I'd have the patience to hand stitch something this large. Belying the mundane use for quilts, many are works of art in their own right and display techniques and design features that are quite stunning. I particularly like how Lydia Finnell displayed her talents. Museum page with links to several videos http://americanhistory.si.edu/press/fact-sheets/national-quilt-collection Catalog of quilts with detailed information and photos http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=NMAH+Quilts Various articles about the collection http://americanhistory.si.edu/gsearch/quilt

Dress Making and the Millinery Trade:
Here are a couple of videos depicting the reproduction of a typical 18th century gown. It's a very interesting peek into what clothing, sewing and embellishment was like in a different era.
Part 1 http://www.history.org/media/videoPlayer/?cat=vodcast&file=DressinaDay
Part 2 www.history.org/media/videoPlayer/?cat=vodcast&file=DressinaDay2
Article http://www.history.org/History/clothing/milliner/millinershop.cfm

New DMC Colors:
DMC is introducing 16 new colors.  This is their first new colors in almost 15 years (that is amazing in itself).  Thee are two distinct palettes: eight soft, natural shades and eight bright, vibrant hues. DMC says that the bright purple has been getting outstanding reviews.

All 16 colors have been packaged in one pack as they have done in the past.  They should be out in retail stores as well as from DMC at http://www.dmc-usa.com/News-Item/2013/October/16-New-DMC-Floss-Colors.aspx. The pack includes 3 freebie patterns, and on DMC's website is another cross stitch design called "Cherish Nature".