Of Interest:

National has a Lending Library:

The Dorothy Babcock Memorial Library consists of a lending library of more than 2000 needlework books and a non-circulating reference section of rare and historic materials. Members are welcome to borrow up to four books at a time for a period of 30 days. Books are shipped via USPS Media Mail and borrowers are responsible for postage fees of $4 for the first book and $1 for each additional book. To see a list of books, set up by categories, go to Library Books.

Study boxes on a wide variety of needlework-related subjects are available for EGA chapters. Please see information and the listings for available materials and contact EGA Headquarters to reserve a program or ask any questions.

To make a request, contact EGA Headquarters at egahq@egausa.org or 502.589.6956.

New things spotted:
Mill Hill always has great little kits, for Christmas ornaments, and for small picture that include their beads and charms.
For their 2014 WInter Holiday collection there is a series of 6 Christmas ornaments that are nice and sparkly.  They harken back to old style glass ornaments.  In addition to these, there are Santas, angels, a snowman, a few animals, and the Little Drummer Boy.
For the small pictures there several 5x5 designs: a French horn, polar bears, a wise old owl, the Palace Theatre for the Christmas Village, a Gingerbread boy and girl, and a nuthatch in some type of berry bush.  To see pictures of these and others that have come out for 2014, go to Wichelt's kit page.

DMC Freebie:
If you like fairies like I do, and love purple like I do, Joan Elliot has a great freebie cross stitch pattern available from DMC.
The original was stitched on Charles Craft Stardust fabric, which comes as 14ct Aida with silver or gold highlights, and embroidered with DMC floss.  Get your free pdf of Stardust Fairy here.

Some of Angela's great informative posts:

Hmong Story Cloth:
I found a fascinating article about a nomadic people in southeast Asia who have a tradition of stitching the story of their village and family lives onto fabric. Many of them were forced into refugee camps in Thailand and then migrated to other parts of the world. These cloths preserve the history and tradition of an ethnic group that will probably disappear over the next few decades. The tribal story; http://www.womenfolk.com/quilting_history/hmong.htmArticle:http://www.georgeleonard.com/articles/story-cloths-of-the-hmong.htmImages of story cloth: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hmong+story+cloth&qpvt=hmong+story+cloth&FORM=IGREFurther reading: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nav_search_go?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=hmong+story+cloth 

Medieval/Renaissance Clothing:
Just saw on the Thistle Threads blog that Tricia mentions a "new" book (came out last December) from the Burrell Collection on their 17th Century Costumes. The Embroiderer's Story: New Book by Rebecca Quinton on Burrell Collection http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-book-by-rebecca-quinton-on-burrell.html


The Embroiderer's Story: New Book by Rebecca Quinton... http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-book-by-rebecca-quinton-on-burrell.html Well, it is not so new, it was published in December but while I was in the Burrell this summer I stumbled across it and was really surprised that I hadn't hear... 

You may recall following Tricia and Thistle Threads in the making of the jacket at Plimoth Plantation.


This weeks post focuses on goldwork. Personally, I love the look of a well stitched piece of goldwork, but I hate working with it. Gold threads take patience and a willingness to deal with fraying, twisting and kinking. I can't imagine the time it took to complete some of the beautiful, historic pieces.