Summer Update

A brief run-down of amazing events: I finished my first year of grad-school, the Versailles Ball was magical, I did research at the national library in Paris, I presented a successful conference paper in England for the Costume Society, I buzzed around the UK with my daughter seeing new sights and doing research, I received conference travel grants from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women as well as my university, and there are exciting opportunities developing for my PhD! I’m feeling very relieved, hopeful, thankful, inspired, and TIRED.

Versailles 2016 dressed for a court ball

Versailles 2016 dressed for a court ball

Me with French & American friends

Me with French & American friends

ALL THE LIBRARIES

ALL THE LIBRARIES

I love talking about the pattern books!

I love talking about the pattern books! (photo by Shaun Cole)

Idyllic Suffolk County, England

Idyllic Suffolk County, England

 

Manchester, UK

Manchester, UK

See you in the Hall of Mirrors?

Plans finally firmed up and I am excited to be going to the costumed ball at Chateau Versailles in France! I’m hoping to make a new gown in between writing papers, but I have my blue francaise as a fall-back. A riding habit is currently in the works for a pique-nique à la campagne too. 😀

Versailles Events

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Reproducing Museum Embroidery

As a wedding gift for a dear friend, I embroidered a pair of garters. I reproduced a pair in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, using a motto from another pair, and working with the best supplies I could find. It is my finest embroidery work to-date, as I was really striving to match the quality of workmanship of the originals. While I will be writing a longer blog post on LiveJournal about the process and materials, I wanted to make a short entry here now that I have delivered the gift. This process and my latest museum visits has me thinking that I may enjoy doing reproductions for museums. I know they use them, and I feel that it is the kind of work I would find very gratifying, especially in conjunction with my academic work in historical needlework. We’ll see what comes.

 

Sources: garter design, motto