Time Flies

Goodbye Terrible Winters, Hello Perpetual Rain

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last update. A lot has changed in half of a year. Not the least of which was moving across the continent and from Canada back to the US. All the upheaval means that I am still putting finishing touches on my master’s thesis, and I had to withdraw from presenting at a conference. I’ve also not done much in the way of needlework or historical costume. Sigh…

But I’m almost done with my degree, the fires of re-entry to the US are almost put out, all the boxes have been emptied, and there are lots of local opportunities here in Seattle. The potential for a materially productive year ahead is good!

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.

Learning from the best

More good news! I have the opportunity to attend a week-long course at The School of Historical Dress in London, England! I will be working with seventeen other students to reconstruct accessories for an 18th century lady. Yes, there will be embroidery involved, and I can’t wait. The School houses Janet Arnold’s collection and I am hopeful that it will come into play during the week. If you’d like to learn more about the school and their wonderful teaching staff (including one of my heros, Jenny Tiramani), here’s a link to their website. And to help me get to London this summer, please continue to check on my items for sale on Etsy!


Conference speaker

I’ve been chosen to speak at the Plymouth University 35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum in April! My topic is authorship of early modern embroidery pattern books and their audience with the resulting affect on society. I’m excited to write this paper and share!


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My shop name is Fleurdelysa and I focus on needlecrafts – mine and antique items I find at flea markets in Paris! Come visit!