Sunday, February 1

Weekend in West Sussex

Just back from spending a very pleasant weekend in the historic town of Arundel, West Sussex. Happily the lucky weather charm was in operation so we were able to have a wonderful 9 mile walk on Saturday, and we found some fantastic restaurants in the town and its environs.

It also has some excellent shops - I found a vintage copy of Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont. It contains lots of amazing diagrams and instructions on sewing, embroidery, tatting, knitting, crochet, tapestry, quilting, lace, openwork and so on, as well as detailed instructions on how to wash lace and how to repair holes in knitting, among many other tips and hints.

You may see some of these being reproduced on the blog from time to time as I wade my way through the book, but if you can't wait and want to see what's in it for yourself, check it out here.

You will also find links to some other classic vintage needlework texts, such as Isabella Beeton's book of needlework and Cornelia Mee's Exercises in Knitting.

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