Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Darn It!

Last week I was lucky enough to spend a day in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery behind the scenes looking at some of their textiles.

Whitework Christening robe c.1825  The woman making this wouldn't have had electric light or any of todays stitching gadgets, just a needle, thread, creativity and probably some strong willpower to get the job done.

Of course my favourite parts were the darns...

and the tiny hand-stitched button.

The figures were brilliant...

just going on about their daily business all across a christening robe.

So much fabulous detail on what looks from a distance just an ordinary christening robe.

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