Don’t exclude your pet from reading this week’s issue of Weekend Reads. Maybe don’t grab him in a headlock to do it though.
It’s been a crazy week around here! Filled with Irish-sewn U.S. Civil War uniforms, petitions, protest emails, and all that jazz. (You’ve signed the petition, right? Sign the petition!) Now it’s the weekend, it’s time for a little relaxation, some lazing around and catching up on… the best of the best web articles about textile history, from all around the world, this week. Enjoy!
- Learn some more about bobbin and Tenerife lace here.
- Ever wondered about the history of the Little Black Dress?
- A great piece on the higher education of women in the Victorian era.
- Scottish clan tartans debunked. (Blow up some more regional knitting myths on this V&A page.)
- A very moving gallery of faces ~ Mountjoy Prison Portraits of Irish Independence.
- Killarney is to get a Gaelic Games museum!
- Here’s a chart of knitting machine specifics and models from 1959 onwards.
- Nice little article, with great pictures, on the Blasket Islands.
- Love this website - it documents items of clothing that have been deliberately hidden or buried in structures.
- Very interesting history of the cashmere sweater.
- See the first ever issue of Vogue from September 1916.
- Ever wondered what an embroidery manual from 1533 would look like? Wonder no more!
- Two early Irish crochet manuals – one from 1911, and one from 1912, are free to download and read (and crochet from!).
- The history of camouflage, and uniforms in general, is fascinating!
- The latest issue of Textisles is out! An absolute must-read for the textile history enthusiast (that’s you!).
- This site is a fabulousresource for domestic history.
- Haberdashery shop windows in London in 1939 – great pics.
- If you don’t read Franklin Habit’s column in Knitty.com on historical knitting, you should be!
- See some vivid photocrom pictures of 1900s Ireland here.
- Really thought-provoking article about Hollywood rewriting history.
- James Joyce’s guitar is being restored by the National Museum of Ireland!
- And if you’ve been following the storm over the plans to build on the Tait factory site in Limerick, then have a look back over my post here, where there are a million updates at the end. Also - sign the petition! You can use a nickname or a twitter account so it doesn’t make your details public
See you back here on Monday with that spinning post I promised you last week! *wave*