Go to the National Museums Scotland website and read up on turkey red, the favoured red dye of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and a mainstay of the Dunbartonshire textile industry. There are hundreds of samples to peruse.
Paisley pattern -- tha's dead swirly! (Swatch from Braw Doocot.)
Morton visit St Mirren today for the Refrewshire Cup final. St Mirren have won it five years in a row and lead the all-time standings with 52 wins against Morton's 51. Based on the 2010-2011 league results St Mirren are the eleventh-best team in all the land, whereas Morton are nineteenth-best -- and the match is at St Mirren's home ground in Paisley -- so the Ton are decidely the underdogs. But you never know.
Morton reached the final by beating Carlton YMCA 4 - 0 in May, while St Mirren defeated Gourock Thistle 9 - 1. Morton and St Mirren are almost always the two teams in this cup final. Time was when each club had a strong cross-town rival to make the derby more interesting, but neither Port Glasgow Athletic (winners of five Renfrewshire Cups) nor Abercorn (five as well) fields a senior club today. Ditto two Cup Arthurlie of Barrhead.
The Renfrewshire Cup was the property of St Mirren FC in 1960 when Robin Hall and Jimmy Macgregor released this 45rpm recording, "Football Crazy".
Most of what follows I have lifted from Twitter:
Ninety minutes before kick-off and the term "soap dodger" has already been hurled by a St Mirren tweeter. A Morton supporter responds by referring to St Mirren Park as the Methadome.
Swirly clouds with graduated tones show up wherever Buddhism has been an influence. You see them in the corners of Tibetan thankas. This design is on a batik cloth from Cirebon on the north shore of Java. For more about mega mendung (roughly: cloudy clouds) see here and here.
The author of Spitalfields Life has accomplished something Heather has always wanted to do -- go to the textile department of the Victoria and Albert museum and root around in the design books. These drawings were made in the year 1741/2.
For my money Spitalfields Life is everything a weblog should aspire to be. The writing is original, humane, humble, curious and local. The author posts daily about some aspect of life in his neighbourhood, and has committed to do so for ten thousand posts, or until 2037. By returning constantly to the particular, he is building up a picture of the universal. And after only a year and a half it is already a feast.
Canada Day weekend we idly wandered around a craft show and flea market. Due to work-weirdness-that-shall-not-be-named, I was pretty much a zombie and forgot to bring money. I kept bumming cash from Douglas to pick up a couple thing that fell within the Mosow Rules for shopping.
I picked up a bit of needlework that's in bad shape--water-stained, spotted, and faded--and the condition was reflected in the price. This was cheap and I'm unlikely to see another one.
Although this was probably intended for a pillow cover, the wear suggest that it hung in a sunny spot for a while and then later lay flat and maybe folded when it was water damaged. It's stitched in two types of thread--silk for the flags and cotton for the centre piece--and probably by two hands.
The flags give away the dates--it would have been stitched in Canada between 1914 and early 1917.
And since I'm always about to get into trouble in museums by trying to look at the underside of things, here's the back view.
Leave it to a Frenchwoman to make dressing up as a Tolkienesque sorceress look authentic, practical and fashion forward. Black? How seventeenth-century. She and the rest of her fellowship can be found here, tromping around a French mountainside. You can tell from her expression that somebody stands in imminent danger of a blast of goddess wrath. And she would seem to offer an answer to that ancient conundrum, Can you cast a spell with mittens on? From a textile perspective, that pointy cranberry felted witch hat is an enticing project beyond my capability, but the mittens I can manage. I have the burgundy and apple green wool already. The checkerboard pattern presents a couple of problems though. First, when knitting in two colours, you have to carry one colour behind, but with these large squares it means there will be long loops of yarn behind the pattern, long enough to tangle your fingers. If you catch the second strand behind, say, every third stitch, you run the risk of creating furrows of tension in the pattern. (See below.) The second problem is how to close off the top without abandoning the checkerboard design. My first idea was to make the mitten eight squares around, four green and four burgundy, then at the top to reduce the burgundy squares to triangles, causing the four green squares to come together at the corners, creating a single square space at the top to be knit over in burgundy. Here's how that looks:
See the pressure ridges? I'm going to have to start over and this time I'm going to try carrying the yarn behind every stitch, and I'll also use more needles to make the jump from one to the next less angular. I'm not thrilled about the square at the top either. It's single instead of double knit, and kind of corner-y. I'm also going to have to find the manual for this camera and figure out how to photograph with natural light. All the faults I wanted to highlight tend to smooth out and disappear with the flash.