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Their Darkest Materials

The Small Woman – nineteenth century needlewomen

International Women’s Day, so here’s a quick post about the nineteenth century needlewoman and how she lived, and created her art, or was prevented from creating her art, plying the needle. More on this can be found in Chapter 4 of my new book, ‘Their Darkest Materials’, “The Small Woman – the Nineteenth Century Needlewoman” […]

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Textile Arts Tolkien

There And Back Again

“I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!” It was not the last time that he wished that!   The Hobbit, J.R.R.Tolkien, 1937, Chapter 2.   Two years ago, I decided to do something not at all Living History, veering slightly into Cosplay. […]