This is absolutely how you should be dressed when reading every Friday’s Weekend Reads issue. Go on.
Hope you have a great weekend, filled with relaxing in hip cafés with a fancy coffee, your shiny tablet of choice, and this, your latest issue of Weekend Reads – all the latest and greatest things to read on the web if you’re into textiles or history.
- Happy St. Patrick’s Day for tomorrow! The world turns green for this weekend. In honour of this, why not read some fantastic, accurate, and unbiased information on Aran jumpers/sweaters here, and while we’re on the subject of myth-busting, here‘s a timely article from the Irish Times on how there isn’t actually any such thing as a shamrock…
- Women’s cycling clothes at the turn of the century, and Princess Alexandra’s spinning school.
- Blue Yarn Stockings ~ a fictional short story from “Harper’s New Monthly Magazine” December 1861.
- Really interesting article on cross-cultural transmissions – “How the Dutch peddle Indonesian-inspired designs to West Africa” – click here.
- The National Craft Gallery of Ireland launched a new website this week.
- What would a female blacksmith wear in the 18th century?
- You hadn’t heard of the Campaign for Men’s Fashions? For “brighter, more hygienic, and picturesque attire”? Check out the original 1929 article here.
- In 1893, for Strand Magazine, W. Cade Gall predicted fashions for the next century. With bonus drawings!
- Did you know that an Garda Síochána have their own history society and website?
- Apparently, “Shakespeare’s accent would have sounded like a cross between a contemporary Irish, Yorkshire and West Country accent”! Read about it here.
- If you are from Munster, and Limerick in particular, there is a local site of huge textile history importance going to rack and ruin – Tait’s factory. Click here to see pictures, and I’ll have a blog post up on the subject myself in the coming weeks.
- Are you in a position to help fund a new publication on the history of knitting in World War 2? Read more here.
- Did you know that the oldest veteran of the Crimean war was alive until eight years ago? Read about Timothy the Tortoise here!
- William Howard Russell, the first modern war correspondent, and the Crimean war correspondent for The Times (UK), was from Tallaght, Dublin. A figure that we need to celebrate more!
Enjoy your bank holiday weekend (if you’re in Ireland); I’ll see you back here next Monday with a post linking the Entente Cordiale to spinning competitions in Waterford. Yes, you heard that right.