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By the time that I had done the washing and ironing I was off again to London for a few days – we went because I wanted to go to the Textile Society’s Antique Textile Fair at Chelsea Town Hall. I have been a visitor to their fair in Manchester but as I had been exhibiting else where earlier in the year I hadn’t been able to attend.

I am very pleased with my purchases – 63cm of Venetian Reticella Lace from the C17th

 

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A width 21” of woven silk, from the middle of the C18th, either English or French – the chances of identifying it are slim as only 4 dress lengths were usually woven of the same design to preserve their exclusivity. The width of half an ell beautifully ties in with my ‘Stories from the Cloth’ series and the length of my printing plate,( see last blog). I also liked it as it had seams which had been unpicked, telling a tale! and there is a different style of stitching and unpicking at the other end – so has it been altered twice?

 

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I also purchased this mystery item – probably a stick for running down the inside of linen sheets after they had been ironed to separate top from the bottom – probably before WW1 It’s about 60cm long and beautifully hand painted. It seems too good for its task and I wondered whether it it could be likened to a Welsh Love Spoon as a token. More research needed, unless you have an idea.

 

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I have also been folding and folding the prints for my ‘Silk’ series, all ready to stitch together and then I will have to decide on the covers for the series, I want to incorporate text so there will be some trial and error.

 

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