2016 Already?!

Finished my first semester of my master’s program, had a short whirlwind break, and now I’m back in class for my second term. Time is flying by! The course-work is very challenging, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s also time to plan my next research trip to London, a new dress for dancing the night away in the Hall of Mirrors at the Chateau Versailles costume ball, prepare to present about needlework pattern books at the Textile Society of America‘s biennial symposium in Savannah, Georgia, and plan to finish my master’s thesis by the end of the year! Those are just the current major highlights. It’s going to be a big year!

Textile Society of America 2016

Chateau Versailles 2016

2015 Babel Conference

The Babel Conference Off the Books was amazing! The presentations that attended were thought-provoking and inspiring, and I really appreciated when the panel had planned a lot of time for discussion. My paper was on 16th-17th century needlework pattern books and how they were often destroyed in the process of using them. I got lots of supportive comments and heard that I even helped another scholar solve a mystery about the 16th c. editions of Chaucer books she was studying! It was a wonderful group of people in general, and I also enjoyed Toronto. Yay for new friends!

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This picture was taken by someone who tweeted about my talk! photo cred @KristinNoone

Grad School Underway

SO MUCH READING. I’m a pretty fast reader, but reading history text books is slower going and the VOLUME of reading is staggering. But it’s started! Great group of people in the department, interesting discussions in class, and I like the urban downtown campus. I also seem to have volunteered to be the Treasurer of the Graduate History Students Association. Should be easy enough with my background in small business bookkeeping. Yay school! 🙂

Added New Photos

Just a quick update to say that I added a handful of new photos to the gallery pages. Still lots more to come! I wish they were all “gallery” quality, but they still document my work.

Conferences Upcoming and CFPs

I completely missed writing a post for July! Granted, I was away for half the month to visit family, but still.

I’ve collected several conference notices of Calls For Papers (CFP). I’m wary of adding voluntary homework on top of starting my master’s program next month, but I guess that would be a good problem to have, right? As I evaluate each, I’m considering how my topic of Early Modern needlework and needlework pattern books could be interpreted through the lens of the conference theme. The exercise helps me expand my research scope by turning it upside down and looking at it from new angles.

So I guess August will be all about writing abstracts to submit to 2016 conferences, and also writing my short talk for the 2015 Babel Meeting! I’ll be presenting October 11th, Session 26 – Books in and of the World: Objects and Interfaces, at Toronto University. I’ll share images and research about how Early Modern needlework pattern books were created for destruction. In case you are interested in learning more, here is a link to the full program. Maybe I’ll see you there! Babel 2015 program

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

 

 

Winterthur Textile Study Day

I wrote a short blog post about my trip to Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware for a study day with fellow members of the Textile Society of America. You can read it here and see some of my photos from the day.

Challenge Accepted

I have accepted the offer from Montreal’s Concordia University to enroll in their Master of Arts program in History! I’ll be back in a classroom starting in September, getting serious again about my research, and maybe even doing some work as a teaching assistant. Exciting! In the meantime, I’m reading a book on Old English grammar, plying my needle, and working to improve my French. Always learning something new, and I do love a good challenge! About Concordia

Academic Award!

I received the 2015 National Fellowship Chapter Honorary Mention Award with financial reward for academic excellence! I applied through my undergrad university, Arizona State University, for the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society’s annual national fellowship for new graduate students. While I didn’t score the big money, I’m very pleased to accept the financial support and to know that my association is rooting for me!

Grad school

Now that all my applications for grad school are completed, I am turning back to updating my website. I’d like to be happy with it soon so that once school starts I can just blog about my research and latest needlework projects. The learning curve is steep! But I think I’m almost there. Thank you for being patient with my work-in-progress and for finding me on Pinterest and Etsy. <3