Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Report

Recently I purchased a book entitled Celtic, Viking & Anglo-Saxon Embroidery
The art and embroidery of Jan Messent

She is a member of the Embroiderers Guild and has lectured all over the world.
Her last book was about the Bayeux Tapestry (which I need).
This is a wonderful book, containing many samples of her work.
This is a celebration of gold ornament, along with some of the fibers known
during the time between 1500 and 500 BC. The history of these
fibers is fascinating.
 Below is a replica of an Anglo-Saxon woman's needle kit, complete
with handmade needles.

 Below is a book, replicating the Bayeux stitch, used on the famous
tapestry made in England by Anglo-Saxon women following the Norman
invasion of 1066. It is a laidwork filling with couched threads.

 Only noblewomen had the time and materials to decorate their clothing
and make beautiful items for the church. Many noblewomen went to live in nunneries
after they were widowed.

 Tablet weaving.

 What King Harold's cloak for Hastings may have looked like.
Truly a wonderful book - I can't stop looking at it.
I have so much admiration for these women who made their own needles,
and spun, wove and dyed their own fabrics.
Love, Linda

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Gabe Here . . .

Mom and I went on vacation to visit the Sadies' in Indiana
(oh, and her sister Mary).
I rode in the car for a long time!
I didn't like it. I paced, and drooled, and panted.
Mom wouldn't let me ride in the front with her,
so I drooled on her shoulder and panted in her ear.
And I shed a lot in the car.

We rode forever, and drove through this long house

 We did come out the other side, then we stopped at a room
and slept there all night. I drank a LOT of water at the new room.
Then I had to go out a lot.
Sometimes I heard things and barked to protect us!
I did protect us!
Then we got BACK in the car and drove a lot more.
I shed a lot more.
Finally we got to the Sadies' house.
There are two Sadies. Sadie Rose is light gray
 Sadie Mae is black
They are really small dogs. They are both girls.
They think they are big dogs though, and they bossed me around a little bit.

We had a great time together!
Most of the time.
I was a perfect gentleman.
I shed, and panted and drooled on the way home too.
Love, Gabe