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June 3, 2014

White-Work, Teaching Us How It Should Really Be Done….

Filed under: Craft,PHOTOGRAPHY,White-Work Embroidery — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Following yesterday’s post about my short white-work course and my beginner’s efforts, Now I have the opportunity to browse through our teacher’s work book and see  how a professional stitcher can make these pieces look like works of art. The initialled letters are stunning in their detail, and the miniature panels that are samples of various stitches and their filler lace-like stitches are exquisite. Gorgeous! Let’s take a look….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. I read this article on embroidery last night and it reminded me of these posts on your blog. Thought I’d share if you might be interested!

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-dawn-of-diy-when-it-was-hip-to-stitch/

    Comment by Carrie — August 14, 2014 @ 1:33 am | Reply

    • Carrie,
      An excellent article and stunning embroidery! Thanks for the link 🙂
      I visited a lady of Irish decent in Nazareth House old people’s home in New Zealand years ago and she was almost 90 and could do amazing lace-making. She told me that at her age she now did “simple”designs (ha, simple you should have seen them!!!) and that she started at age six working with her mother, sisters and grandmother at home in the lace-making cottage industry.
      The older women would do the complex pattens in pieces and the young girls would learn to join them together (the simplest task) and then progress to bigger things once they gained experience. Life was hard , the hours were long and they were paid piece-work so everyone learned quick and worked fast. Her fingers were almost on “automatic” she had done it for do long. She amazed me when she told me that later when her younger sister was four and a half she was so good at it that she started “properly” then rather than at six…
      Children apparently do have to skills but these days the “opportunity” is never there, but of course all those years ago “opportunity”was actually necessity because they had large families and were on the breadline.

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 14, 2014 @ 10:38 am | Reply


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