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Bullet points are my friend...

It was an extraordinary trip, and with delightful companions, too (who managed not to kill me - I am impressed). It was massively productive, and I'm afraid I can't show you pictures. But I have a whole cd-full for pinkleader and cathgrace , who were totally awesome plane/road-trip buddies.

I'm exhausted still (couldn't take today off, alas), so you get a couple of bullet pointed things that were highlights, and I'll fill in more tomorrow or Thursday.

* The pink and green garters are almost definitely Sprang - pinkleader managed to identify the finish point.
* The red garters are knitted in the round, using what looks like two separate lines of white thread for the designs, and are 20 stitches to the inch. I will be trying this out in the near future.
* I saw buttonhole stitch so fine it looked like fabric. I must also try this in the near future.

at Plimoth:
* Tricia gave me two spools of the Gilt Silk Twyst in return for six coif designs - and gave my name to the Plimoth shop person to possibly sell them there. Woot.
* I can haz neat buttonhole stitch nao plz - I was doing better than I thought by the end of the session - even I was pleased.
* I brought my grandmother's sewing box (c.1800) for show-and-tell and Wendy gave me some amazing information, and she totally rocks.
* Everyone at Plimoth totally rocks. In awesomesauce.
* Got to see teardrop spangles being made. Epic.
* Talked a lot with Jill about jacket construction. And to the wardrobe department about lacing (I must get that article written).
* I bought too many books, and wrote down the titles for more. I need to catalogue them some day.

There's tons more, but I am terribly worn out, and probably just suffering a little post-trip depression, as my heart aches in a moody and oh-so-emo way, but nothing is actually wrong (y'know, apart from the usual aches and pains). Sapphire is this weekend, but fortunately, I have nothing to scary or difficult to be responsible for there, so I'm just going to hang out with Gen and Alan, and mooch. Come find me if you want to chat.


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May. 20th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Sprang, interesting.... I saw your frog on the Plimoth blog. Cool!
May. 20th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm hanging on every word. It sounds awesome.
May. 20th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Glad to have you back
Glad your trip was so great.
May. 20th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Glad you are back safely.
I had a wonderful fun time too, you were such fun to talk to and get to know better. (even if I am a little too June Cleaver to ever be truly progressive) I really love hearing the passion in your voice when you talk about human rights and your art..........an unusual and dynamic combination, just like you!
May. 21st, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
Re: Glad you are back safely.
Really? I thought I was getting terribly boring. :)
May. 21st, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad you are back safely.
You were never boring, the way I saw it I probably offended you with my conservatism, and the way I happily play at being "the little woman" so it's not you it's me....... ; )
May. 20th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
*perks* Gilt thread? What gilding size did she use? ooo! oo! oo! :)
May. 21st, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)
The information about the gilt thread (it's a combination of colour and gilt, which produces a glittery colour when used) is on the Plimoth blog. :)
May. 20th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Saw the pics of the froggy on the blog :). I'm hoping to get back for another visit too but scheduling it is a pain right now.

Coif patterns? *ears perk up* Have I mentioned that I merchant at Lilies War and am always looking for new unique embroidery 'stuff' ...........
May. 21st, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)
I have all these coif patterns (20 of them), and I'm being slow about putting up the e-shop on shopify. I also need to put together a paper catalogue. :)
May. 20th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
So how were the sprang garters finished? There's an ongoing debate as to whether things like garters and stockings were done both at once and then cut into two, or each one being done separately. I really wish that website had more closeups- there's been a small debate on the sprang e-list about those things.
Hmmm, this might actually have me getting back into doing sprang again...
May. 21st, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Well, pinkleader can probably tell you more, but the garters appear to be made separately. The finishing stitch is in the center, and they are most definitely not one really long piece that has been cut - pinkleader found the center finishing point on each garter.

The work is really fine, which is why it's so difficult to see on the web site (I had to keep trying different exposures to get anything approximating a focused picture). I kept calling them the "argyle garters", because in person, they look ridiculously like pink and green argyle. The date seems about right, based on the style and length of the garters, and the design of the tassels at the ends - they appear to have been designed to be cross-gartered.

We got pictures, but I can't post them without permission, and since I'm not the sprang person, I'll leave a deeper discussion of them up to pinkleader.

Edited at 2008-05-21 09:49 am (UTC)
May. 20th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Is this the traveling V&A exhibit (that's going to be in Atlanta)? If so, sounds like a Road Trip for certain!
May. 21st, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
No, we asked to see some particular pieces privately - the knitted jackets (which I got pinkleader calling "cardigans" by the end of the trip, because that's what they are), an embroidered sleeve, the garters, and a 19th century knitted purse that I wanted to see.

May. 21st, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
nods. Of course they're cardigans. What else would they be? I'm gonna learn to knit just so I can make one. You would have LOLd if you had been within ear-shot when I first looked at Moda a Firenze -- "bounce bounce, OMG!!OMG!! It's a SWEATER It's a damn sweater!!!!"

May. 20th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
So so so jealous! :)
May. 29th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
You totally rock. Thanks for coming, and I hope you feel better by now.
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