Newsletter - of the CIETA Embroidery Group
Bulletin d’Information de Groupe Broderie de CIETA

Nr 45
October 2012

Rheinfelden, October 12th, 2012

Dear members,

This Newsletter can also be visited on the homepage, with links to the special entries. Additionally, as usual, I am sending a paper version to members without an e-mail address.

You are kindly requested to send contributions to the newsletter and to the website. As always, I will be very pleased to receive book reviews, information on exhibitions, conferences and other textile related events of interest to the members of the Embroidery Group.

Also this time I am sending in this letter just the most important entries for meetings. If you want to have more information, please visit the website

Many thanks for your help, I am appreciating all your further information very much.

I wish you all the  best

Yours Anne

The booklets on embroidery stitches will receive an award on October 30, 2012 in Zürich, Switzerland. The booklet on running stitch is still available. The booklets on cross stitch, looped stitch and flat stitches are out of print. The booklets have 22 pages, each is in 4 languages (German, English, French and Italian), there are many samplers and diagrams of embroidery stitches in colour. Detail photos of 26 historic embroideries of the Iklé collection, St.Gallen, Switzerland are illustrating the use of the stitches. They may be purchased at the special prize of Euro 12.- (each) + postage. For ordering, please send an e-mail to:


I N F O R M A T I O N (see also section information)

  • Textilmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland: from January 2012 there will be a new funding body. The museum will be managed by a new association called: "Verein Textilmuseum". It will be financed partly by the Canton of St.Gallen, the city of St.Gallen and the chamber of commerce (IHK). Collections, the library as well as the house itself will remain property of the chamber of commerce, all 3 of them will be lent without charges to the newly founded association. With this solution collaborators in the house may keep their jobs, the library is also continuing to be a lending library. Hanspeter Schmid will retire in the end of 2011. From February 1st 2012 the new director will be: Dr. Manuela Reichel from Vienna.
  • We are very sad and struck by the unexpected decease of Sigrid Pallmert, curator of textiles at "Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum" Zurich, Switzerland, on 9 August 2012.

see the websites of:


  • 26 October to 28 October 2012 Grassimesse 2012, crafts fair, GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Johannisplatz 5-11, D-04103 Leipzig -
  • 1 December to 2 December 2012 Zweifach Textil Art & Sonderschau vom Kunstverein Seide e.V. TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbH, Salzburg Information, Salzburg Congress, Auerspergstrasse 6, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
  • 22 to 25 November 2012 Made12 - Brighton’s Design and Craft Fair, Corn Exchange, Church Street, (UK) Brighton
  • 22 to 25 November 2012 The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogote International Centre, Box Office, King’s Road, (UK) Harrogate HG1 5LA,


  • February 23 to March 1, 2013, Study tour: Mexico: The Oaxacan Highlands - Weaving, sericulture, natural dyeing, indigenous culture, colonial cities and small villages.
    In this intimate trip, limited to just 10 participants, and specially designed for TSA members, Hector Meneses (Director, Oaxaca Textile Museum), and Eric Mindling (Founder, Traditions Mexico) will guide participants into the heart of Oaxaca’s vibrant and varied weaving traditions. Highlights include travel into the Sierra Madre to visit one of the last areas where sericulture is practiced in Mesoamerica, a day with weavers and natural dyers in Teotitlan, a village of over 4,000 tapestry weavers, and visits in the homes of backstrap weavers, basket plaiters as well as a research center where cochineal is cultivated and studied. Providing firsthand historic and cultural context are visits to great markets, indigenous ruins, stays in villages, lunch with families, and explorations of old Oaxaca city, a UNESCO world heritage site.
    A partial scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is available for one participant. The deadline for this competitive scholarship is
    November 1, 2012. The scholarship application form as well as complete tour information and registration forms can be found at
    Registration closes December 15th, 2012, or as soon as the tour roster is full. Please register early to guarantee your place.
  • 4 January to 12 January 2013 Textil study trip with Istvan Vidak in Rajastan, information: Gertrud Janker, Jungwirthstr. 3, D-80802 München, email:

E X H I B I T I O N S: (see also section exhibition)

forthcoming exhibitions:

  • 11 to 14 October, 2012 The renowned US Quilter Nancy Crow will show her exhibition „Colour Improvisations“ at the Knitting & Stitching Show in London from at Alexandra Palace.
    Later this exhibition will be on show at the German Textile Museum „Tuch + Technik“ in Neumünster, Kleinflecken 1, D-24534, Germany. All venues of this travelling exhibition can be seen on the website,
  • 17 October to 17 November 2012 The exhibition Needle Works on the subject of contemporary trends in knitting, crocheting and embroidery, at the Galerie Handwerk in Munich, MaxJoseph-Str. 4, D-80333 Munich, Germany.
  • 21 October to 17 February 2013 Schouder aan Schouder / Auf Tuchfühlung (textiles), Museum De Kantfabriek, Americaanseweg 8, NL-5961 GP Horst, Netherlands,
  • 24 October to 3 November 2012 in Kherson/Ukraine, International Male Textile Art Exhibition FIBERMEN. This second juried International Fibre Art Exhibition is giving space to male textile artists only. Organised by Ludmila Egorova from „Scythia“. The participation fee is Euro 50. Ludmila Egorova, P.O. Box 79, UKR-73028 Kherson; tel: +38-067/55 38 281; e-mail:; - Registration deadline: 1 August 2012
  • 28 October to 3 February 2013 Die Kleider des Klerus, Städtisches Kramer-Museum, Burgstr. 19, D-47906, Kempen, Germany
  • 8 November to 15 December 2012 7th FROM LAUSANNE TO BEIJING BIENNIAL. This international Fiber Art Biennale is planned again to take place in Nantong city, Jiangsu Province, in the first Chinese spinning mill in the history of China. Chinese and foreign artists are welcome to apply. The application time is from 1 July to 15 July 2012. Further details can be seen on the website
    No entree fee for foreigners. The decision of evaluation will be sent to the artists by the 15th of August 2012.
    Contact person: Ms Liu Quanhua, Fiber Art Lab, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Haidian District
    Beijing, China, Postcode: 100084; tel: +86136210004831.
    International contact: Wang Mei, email: - Official Organiser: Prof. Lin Lecheng or; website: - Application deadline: 25 July
    2012 (arrival date!)
  • 21 November to 19 January 2013 Light and Line / Anne Morrell and Polly Binns, Design Centre, 11 Shambes Street, (UK) Barnsley S70 0JS; e-mail:
  • December 2012 to May 2013 in Angers. 10th INT. TRIENNIAL OF MINITEXTILES IN FRANCE. The title of this Triennial is “Trop de toile ou pas”. The maximum size should not extend 12 x 12 x 12 cm. Information and the registration form is available: Direction et Conservation des musées d'Angers, Xe Triennale Internationale des mini-textiles, 14 rue du musée, F-49100 Angers; Tel: +3/241053800, e-mail:
    Registration deadline: 30 June 2012
  • 2 February to 16 March 2012 Light and Line / Anne Morrell and Polly Binns, Turnpike Gallery, Civic Square, (UK) Leigh WN7 1EB; e-mail:
  • 6 May to 4 November 2013 THE 14th INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF TAPESTRY, LODZ 2013
    at the Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz (282 Piotrkowska Str., PL-93034 Lodz, Poland). The choice of the
    participating artists is left to the group of advisers per country (published in the catalogue of the 13th Triennial, with minor
    changes). Direct application is not possible. If you want to take part you will have to find out who is responsible for your country. The Triennial secretariat is located at the Central Museum of Textiles.

current Exhibitions:

  • 5 October to 28 October 2012 Auf der Suche - Klöppelspitze neu interpretiert, dreiteilige Ausstellung des Deutschen Klöppelverbandes, Zürcher Stalder AG, Gewerbestr. 9, CH-3421 Lyssach, Switzerland,
  • 27 September 2012 to 7 April 2013 Scheich Ibrahims Traum, Schätze aus der Textil- und Schmucksammlung von Widad Kamel Kawar. Historisches Museum Basel, Switzerland, im Haus zum Kirschgarten, Elisabethenstrasse 27/29, 4000 Basel, Switzerland (Direktion & Verwaltung, Steinenberg 4. CH - 4051 Basel). T +41 (0)61 205 86 00, F +41 (0)61 205 68 01, -
  • 2 May to 31 December 2012: Fragile treasure - Conserving court textiles (2012 - ) Konservierung höfischer Textilien,
    treasure-conserving-court-textiles-2012/ - Historisches Museum Bern, Helvetiaplatz 5, CH-3005 Bern - Im Ausstellungsteil «Fragiles Gut – Konservierung höfischer Textilien» können die Besucher die Konservierungsarbeiten an den Cäsartapisserien ebenfalls ab dem 2. Mai 2012 live mitverfolgen.
  • 26 April to 20 January 13 Schimmernde Alltagskleider - Indigo, Glanz & Falten, (Iridescent Everyday Wear - Indigo, Luster and Pleats) Museum der Kulturen, Augustinergasse 2, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland,
  • 29 April to 11 November 2012 Ornamenta, Textile Images of the Middle Ages, temporary exhibition 2012, opening daily 2 pm to 5.30 pm, Abegg-Stiftung, Werner Abeggstrasse 67, CH-3132 Riggisberg, Switzerland,
    phone: +41(0) 31 808 12 01, fax +41 (0)31 808 12 00 - -
  • 9 March to 30 December 2012 Herrlichkeiten - Textile Kirchenschätze aus St.Gallen, Textilmuseum St.Gallen, Vadianstrasse 2, CH-9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland. Anlässlich des Gallusjubiläums inszeniert das Textilmuseum in einer eindrücklichen Ausstellung prachtvolle Kirchengewänder sowie textile Kirchenschätze aus St.Gallen.
  • from 13 June 2012 Traum und Realisation - Stoffe aus der Ostschweiz new exhibition of the textile collection, Textilmuseum St.Gallen, Vadianstrasse 2, CH-9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland.

permanent exhibitions:

  • Abegg-Stiftung: - permanent exhibition of works of art and precious historical textiles. Closed during winter time, reopening 29 April 2012. Werner Abeggstrasse 67, CH-3132 Riggisberg, Switzerland,
    phone: +41(0) 31 808 12 01, fax +41 (0)31 808 12 00, e-mail: -
  • Historisches Museum Basel,
    Direktion & Verwaltung, Steinenberg 4. CH - 4051 Basel
    T +41 (0)61 205 86 00, F +41 (0)61 205 68 01 - -
    New permanent exhibition:
    The tapestries made in Basel in the 15th century are among the most highly prized items in the entire collection. Some of these colourful depictions of social encounters, scenes of courtship, mythical creatures and «wild men» are heavily idealized renderings of real life, while others are pure fantasy. Some of them up to 6 m long, the tapestries are exhibited alongside related objects of everyday use such as glasses, furniture, coffrets and stove tiles. The aim is to anchor the tapestries in the everyday world of the Late Middle Ages.


  • 15 September to 8 December 2012 L’écharpe et nous! Installation artistique, Ecomusée de l’Avesnois, Musée du Textile et de la Vie Sociale, Place Maria Blondeau, BP 65, F-59610 Fourmies, France
  • 16 June to 31 December 2012 Christian Lacroix, La Source et le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, The National Costume Museum in Moulins, France,
  • 30 June to 4 11 November 2012 Castle, musée de Normandie, Caen, The ball gown from empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon 3) is exhibited as a loan of the St.Gall Textilmuseum
  • January to 14 October 2012 L’enfant et le tissu imprimé, (Once upon a time... The child and the printed fabric from 1750 to today) Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes, 14, Rue Jean Jacques Henner , F-68072 Mulhouse, France -
  • 10 November 2011 to 14 October 2012 Il était une fois ... l'enfant dans le tissu imprimé de 1750 à nos jours, Musée de l'impression sur étoffes, 14 rue Jean-Jacques Henner - BP 1468, F- 68072 Mulhouse cedex
  • 13 February to 14 December 2012 Lace form Wologda, Russia, Centre d’enseignement de la dentelle aux fuseaux, 38-40 rue Raphaël, F-43000 Le Puy-en-Velay
  • since 21 October 2011 renewed presentation of the treasure of the cathedral of Le Puy en Velay, France. It now comprises the Fruman-Cougard embroidery collection. See also publication: Josiane and Daniel Fruman, Le trésor de la cathédrale du Puy-en-Velay, Albin Michel, 2010
  • from 9 July 2011 Les mains d'Aubusson, Sophie Zénon, Musée de la tapisserie d'Aubusson, Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie et de l'Art Tissé, Rue William Dumazet, BP52 - 23200 Aubusson, France, +33 5 55 666 666 - +33 6 23 91 63 88
    Durant l’été 2011, l’exposition "Des métiers et des hommes" consacrée aux savoir-faire de la tapisserie d’Aubusson, par la photographe plasticienne Sophie Zénon, aura son point de départ au Musée et s’installera dans les rues d’Aubusson et de Felletin.

Germany, Saarland, Austria:

  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer, closed, from the "Zwinger" to the "Residenzschloss". Reopening in Spring 2013
    The eyes of the visitors focus on the sumptuous armour for horse and rider that was made between 1563 and 1564 by the Antwerp goldsmith Eliseus Libaerts. This suit of armour, was centrally located at the end of the armoury’s impressive columned hall in the Semperbau at the Zwinger Palace, and will be on view again after the reopening of the Giant's Hall at the Royal Palace on February 19th, 2013.
  • 7 October to 18 November 2012 annähe®n - Auge in Auge mit Exponaten des Museum Abtei Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Abteiring 8, D-59329 Wadersloh-Liesborn, Germany -
  • 23 September 2012 to 3 February 2013 European Art Quilts VII. Deutsches Textilmuseum Krefeld, Andreasmarkt 8, D-47809 Krefeld Germany.
  • 16 September to 28 April 2013 Leben und Tod im alten Peru, Kultur- und Stadthistorisches Museum Duisburg, Johannes-Corputius-Platz 1, D-47051 Duisburg, Germany, further information:
  • 9 September to 20 October 2012 Tapestries, Bildgewebe, Ursula Jaeger, im Haus Paula Becker, Kunstkabinett, Alberstrasse 18, D-28209 Bremen, Germany,55.html
  • 9 September 2012 to 6 January 2013 5th European Quilt Triennial 2012,,Textilmuseum Max Berk, Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg, Brahmsstr. 8, D-69118 Heidelberg-Ziegelhausen, Germany.
    Die Textilsammlung Max Berk · Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg veranstaltet die fünfte Europäische Quilt-Triennale, die im Anschluss im Kreismuseum Zons/Deutschland, im Textilmuseum St. Gallen/Schweiz sowie beim angesehenen Festival of Quilts in Birmingham/ England im August 2013 zu sehen sein wird; weitere Ausstellungen im In- und Ausland sind im Gespräch.
    Deadline 12 February 2012
  • 4 August to 17 October 2012 Verborgene Schätze: Angwandte Kunst des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts, (Applied art) GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Johannisplatz 5-11, D-04103 Leipzig -
  • 17 July to 14 December 2012 Dorothea Reese-Heim: “Seh-Dinge”, TIM - Textil- und Industriemuseum, c/o Alte Kuka-Halle, Ulmer Straße 72, D-86156 Augsburg, Germany -
  • 2 June to 6 January 2013 Ornament - Ausblick auf die Moderne, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Hollerplatz 1, D-38440
    Germany -
  • 25 May to 2 December 2012 Die Textilmustersammlung Emilie Flöge, Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde Laudongasse 16-19 A 1080 Wien, - Die umfangreiche Textilmustersammlung der Modeschöpferin Emilie Flöge (1874-1952) - sie war Gustav Klimts Muse und Partnerin - stammt zu einem großen Teil aus dem südosteuropäischen Raum. (Pressetext) .
    Diverse Ausstellungen zum 150. Geburtstag von Gustav Klimt in Wien -
  • from May 2012 Oya. Von osmanischer Mode zu türkischer Volkskunst, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Maximilianstrasse 42, D-80331 München,
  • 12 May to 19 September 28 October 2012 "Hinter den Kulissen". Verborgene Stiftsgeschichten",Verborgene Kunstwerke aus 1000 Jahren, Klosterkirche, Brunshausen.
    see also
    special event
    Aus der über 1000jährigen Geschichte der Stiftskirche Sankt Anastasius und Sankt Innozenz haben sich aus allen Jahrhunderten verschiedenste Objekte erhalten. Das Portal zur Geschichte präsentiert in seinen beiden Dauerausstellungen in der Siftskirche Bad Gandersheim und in der ehemaligen Klosterkirche Brunshausen bereits einen beachtlichen Teil dieses Bestandes. Den Objekten, die in diese Ausstellungsbereiche bislang nicht eingebunden werden konnten, ist die diesjährige Sonderausstellung gewidmet. Die Exponate zeugen von der Bestattungskultur in Gandersheim, von einstiger barocker Pracht des Kirchenraumes und von dem Umgang mit der grossen Geschichte des ehemaligen Reichsstiftes zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Portal zur Geschichte, Brunshausen 7, Tel. ++05382 955647, email -
  • until: 30 September 2012 Des Kaisers geschenkte Kleider, 25 Meisterwerke textiler Kunst aus Asien (Asian textile art), Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Maximilianstr. 42, D-80538 München
  • 1 April to 31 December 2012 Der Kinder bunte Kleider - childrens’ clothing from the own collection, Deutsches Textilmuseum Krefeld, Andreasmarkt 8, D-47809 Krefeld
  • 11 February to 4 December 2012, Farbwelten – Strickunikate von Anne S. Gueler, Forum Mola-Kunst, Günter und Christel Walter-Stiftung, Schwachhauser Heerstraße 268 A, D- 28359 Bremen, Germany, Tel.: 0421 2765 88 88 · Fax: 0421 2765 88 89 - E-Mail: -
  • since 18 February 2012 reopening Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe "Sammlung Moderne", Steintorplatz, D-20099 Hamburg, Fax +49 (0)40 428134-999,
  • Closed from January 2, 2012 Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin, renovation and rebuilding,
  • 18 March to 18 November 2012 Themen rund um die Baumwolle "Zwischen-Räume" , Bocholt, LWL-Industriemuseum TextilWerk, Themen rund um die Baumwolle - von der Faser über ihre Verarbeitung bis zum fertigen Produkt. Ausgangspunkt ist die in Europa einmalige Sammlung von Textilgeräten, Mustern, Produktbeispielen und Firmennachlässen, die in den vergangenen 30 Jahren zusammen getragen wurde.


  • 6 July to 27 October 2012 POP! Design, Culture, Fashion Fashion and Textile Museum, London.
  • 1 July to 31 December 2012 140 Years of the RSN, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Apt. 12A, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU United Kingdom -
  • 19 May 2012 to 6 January 2013 Ballgowns. British glamour since 1950 London: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL -

Netherlands, Belgium:

  • 28 September to 20 January 2013 The European Renaissance and the Ottoman Influences, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23, B-1000 Bruxelles;
  • 30 March to 31 December 2012 Paniers, baleines et jabots. La Mode au XVIII siècle, (wigs, corsets, jabots. Fashion from the 18th century). Museum voor het Kostuum en de Kant, Musée du Costume et de la Dentelle, Rue de la Violette 12, B-1000 Brussels
  • 19 May to 31 October 2012 Images de Marques, Exposition de cartons jacquards etc., Musée de la Rubanerie Cominoise, 3, rue des Arts, B-7780 Comines
  • 12 September 2012 to 10 February 2013 Madame Grès, (fashion) Mode Museum Provincie Antwerpen, Nationalestraat 28, B-2000 Antwerpen
  • 19 November 2011 to 4 November 2012 Timetables - combination of table linen and services from 1900 to the present, Audax Textielmuseum, Goirkestraat 96, NL-5046 GN Tilburg -

Italy, Spain, Hungary, Greece, Turkey:

China, Japan:


  • 30 July 2012 to 30 April 2013 Love Lace, Powerhouse Museum, Decorative Arts & Design, 500 Harris Street, Haymarket, AUS-1238 Sydney NSW 1238;

USA, Canada, Southamerica, Mexico:

  • 21 September to 10 March 2013 The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art, The Textile Museum Washington DC, USA 2320 S Street, 20008 USA - display of Ottoman pieces reflecting the wealth, abundance, and influence of an empire which spanned seven centuries and, at its height, three continents. The Museum is in close proximity to two major Washington thoroughfares - Massachusetts Avenue and Connecticut Avenue. There is limited on-street parking near the Museum as it is located in a residential and diplomatic neighborhood.
  • 1 October 2012 to 6 January 2013 Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico, Camino Leijo off Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, USA
  • 3 February 2012 to 6 January 2013 Dragons, Nagas and Creatures of the Deep, Textile Museum Washington, 2320 S Street, DC 20008 USA
  • 21 September 2012 to 10 March 2013 The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art Textile Museum Washington, 2320 S Street, DC 20008 USA
  • 19 November 2011 to 18 November 2012 Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, (CDN) Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6 Canada,
  • until: 21 October 2012 Order and Border, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue, (USA) Seattle WA 98795 -
  • until 31 December, 2012 Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles, Mint Museum Randolph, Carlotte
  • until 31 December 2012 Fashion! Accessories from head to Toe features, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Gallery of Colonial Williamsburg, P.O. Box 1776, (USA) Williamsburg VA 23187 -
  • until 6 January 2013 Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe,
    New Mexico,

M E E T I N G S (see also section meetings)


  • 8 September to 28 Oct. 2012 15th INTERNATIONAL LACE BIENNIAL IN ITALY: "The woman: the long road of the emancipation“. In Sansepolcro, Tuscany. Groups, Lace Schools, Museums and Lace Art Institutions as well as individuals can take part. Detailed regulation of this exhibition: Centro Culturale di Sansepolcro, Via XX Settembre 99, I-52037 Sansepolcro (AR); Tel: +390-575/04 93 44; - Deadline: 19 May 2012
  • about textile art, networking and textile art education. Beatrijs Sterk and Lala de Dios will speak on the first two themes and are hoping for many textile artists to join. Exhibition to this competition:
    1 September to 15 October 2012. Address of the organizers: Ideias Ermergentes, Produção Cultural, CRL, Espaço Imerge, Rua de Santa Catarina 781-1°, P-4000-454 Porto, Portugal; email:; -
  • 6 October to 11 November 2012 Miniartextil Como, Arte & Arte, Via Pannilani 23, I-22100 Como, Italy, e-mail Deadline 15 April 2012 -
    This symposium will be held at the Rectory building of Sultanahmed Marmara University.
    Organised by the Faculty of Fine Arts, the event will include presentations on textile art and design, and an accompanying exhibition of textile art and a fashion show are also planned. The main topics will be artist creativity in textile training, the working fields of textile designers, recent developments in textile design and the rights of creative individuals.
  • 21 to 26 October "Fashion, Lace and Transparency", ICOM Costume meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Conference information will be available on the website by February 2012 - -
  • 26 to 28 October 2012 Volkmann Treffen (Volkmann meeting) Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatl. Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Bodestraße 1-3, D-10178 Berlin-
  • 2 November to 18 November 2012 World of Threads Festival 2012, Common Thread, c/o Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street, (CDN) Oakville ON L6J 2Y5
  • 9 November to 25 November 2012 World of Threads Festival 2012, Common Thread, c/o Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street, (CDN) Oakville ON L6J 2Y5; venue: Toronto;
  • 8 to 9 November 2012 "Ivy Style" symposium organized by the Museum at FIT in New York City. The symposium will take place at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the twelfth annual fashion symposium, Ivy Style to coincide with the museum's exhibition, Ivy Style: Radical Conformists.
  • 8 to 11 November 2012, Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress Future Fashion, Florence, Italy. The academic program is on-line and the registration is open on the site . take advantage of early bird rates by registering on or before June 30th  - Registration  and Program are now online
    On October 10th 2012 the following e-mail was sent to me:
    Dear Friends,
    After receiving numerous requests, we are glad to inform you that is now possible to register to Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress - Future Fashion also for one day only!
    The daily registration fee of 170 Euro includes the participation to all the Academic Sessions and to the special event in program for the chosen day(s). 
    For more information and registration please check the official website ! - end of e-mail
    The Organizing Secretariat of Costume Colloquium: Promo Florence Events, Via del Giglio 10 Firenze 50123, Tel +39 055 285588 Fax +39 055 283260
  • 8 November to 15 December 2012 From Lausanne to Beijing / 7th Intl. Fiber Art Biennale, Tsinghua University, Academy of Arts & Design, in Nantong City, Province Jiangsu. No. 34 Donsanhuan Middle Road, CN-100020 Beijing - International contact: Wang Mei, e-mail: organized by: Prof. Lin Lecheng, e-mail: or - deadline: 27 July 2012
  • 16 November to 17 November 2012 Les Journées d'Etudes de l'AFET (Association Française pour l'Etude du Textile) se dérouleront dans la ville du Puy-en-Velay , F-43000: Sociologie de la broderie: qui brode quoi et pour qui? Danièle Véron Denise responsable scientifique de ces Journées d'Etude 2012. Pour toute demande d'inscription, contacter Joelle Jan-Gagneux :
  • 24 November 2012 Smock Patchwork/M. Heijstra, Forum Mola-Kunst, Schwachhauser Heerstr. 268a, D-28359 Bremen, Germany,
  • 24 November 2012 Tagung "Temporäre Installationen in der Stadtkirche in Darmstadt" Textilwerkstatt am Elisabethenstift gGmbH, Prinz-Christians-Weg 11, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany,
  • 4 to 7 April 2013 First International Symposium for young lace makers in Pavia, Italy (south of Milan) "Doily-Free Zone: Raising the status of lace and lace making" . This symposium coincides with Milan Design Week.
    The symposium will be divided into three categories; Lace and Tradition, Lace and Design and Lace and Art and we are accepting proposals for papers, works of art and design, and workshops related to these themes.
    Proposals are to be sent to the attention of Angharad Rixon at no later than Saturday 31st March 2012 and the successful applicants will be contacted by Sunday 15th April 2012. A complete programme for the symposium and related events will be available in June 2012.
    For the purposes of this meeting we define lace as a fabric in which the open spaces are as fundamental to the design as the solid areas and where this is interplay of holes is an intrinsic part of the fabric’s structure, for this reason we will not accept proposals based on die or laser cut “lace patterns”.
    All lace makers who wish to present work or research papers must be under the age of 40 at the time of the symposium, this is not meant as discrimination but is rather an attempt to focus on the work of a generation which for various reasons is not associated with the major guilds and organizations. The symposium, however, will be open to all.

B O O K R E V I E W S: (see also section book reviews)

books and articles:

  • Micheàl & Elizabeth Feller, The Needlework collection : 2 by Elizabeth Feller
    new book packed with images of over 400 samplers, hussifs, pinballs, pockets and descriptions by Elizabeth Feller. There are 2 charted sampler projects in the jacket.
    290 pages, in english, with many coloured photos, by Richard Holdsworth FRPS, Design and Layout
    N E E D L E P R I N T , published by Needleprint, 2012, ISBN 9780955208669
  • Leben im Kunstgewerbe, von Walburga Krupp, in: Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1889-1943, S. 10 - 50, Schriften zur Aargauischen Kunstsammlung, 2012 Aarau (Switzerland), ISBN 978-3-905004-34-2 - (Schriften Kunstsammlung)
  • Fibre, tessuti e moda, Storia, produzione, degrado, restauro e conservazione. a cura di  Enrico Pedemonte, testi di Marzia Cataldi Gallo, Enrico Pedemonte, Elisabetta Princi e Sivia Vicini, Venezia 2012, in italian language, 211 pages, identification code: IT\ICCU\LO1\1425020
  • Zur Geschichte der St.Galler Handmaschinenstickerei, St. Galler Sticker als Auftraggeber im ländlichen Oberschwaben, Ursula Karbacher, S. 161-170, in: Süddeutsche Textillandschaft: Geschichte und Erinnerung von der frühen Neuzeit bis in die Gegenwart, Karl Borromäus Murr, Wolfgang Wüst, Werner K. Blessing (Herausgeber), Sammelwerk aus 23 Beiträgen, Bezieht sich auf ein Symposium von 2008 im Bildungszentrum Irsee, mit Titel: Geschichte und Erinnerung. Augsburg, 2010, 528 Seiten, mit farbigen Abbildungen, Masse: 18,2 x 24,7 cm, ISBN-10: 3896398016 ISBN-13: 9783896398017
    Die Schweizer Perspektive brachte URSULA KARBACHER (St. Gallen) mit in die Tagung ein. Dabei ging sie der St. Gallener Stickereigeschichte auf den Grund, die wirtschaftlich mit dem ländlichen Oberschwaben eng verwoben ist. So fasste um die Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts, als die Leinwandproduktion in der Krise steckte, die Stickerei als Handarbeit auf Initiative findiger Kaufleute in St.Gallen Fuß und wurde durch kaufmännisches Engagement auf der Basis des Verlagssystems auf das Umland, aber auch auf Vorarlberg und Schwaben ausgeweitet. In Heimarbeit wurden besonders im Oberallgäuer Gebiet die aus St. Gallen stammenden vorbedruckten Musseline und Garne zu fertigen Stickarbeiten veredelt und nach Frankreich sowie in andere Länder Europas exportiert. Das bereits 1886 eröffnete Textilmuseum in St.Gallen, das auch 2.000 Musterbücher zur Stickerei verwahrt, hat sich der Dokumentation der Hand- und auch der Maschinenstickerei verschrieben.
  • Yarns and material like colour di Marialuisa Sponga a homage to Marialuisa for her 70th birthday, presented by Gabriella Anedi de Simone. with a note about fiber art by Marialuisa Sponga. Together with: Tonalità milanesi di Giancarlo Sponga, Milanese shades 1964, a homage to Marialuisa for her 70th birthday, Monograph 130 pages, copyright 2012 by Marialuisa Archi Sponga,, e-mail
  • Gros Point de Venise, the most important lace of the 17th centur, International Symposium, Textile Museum St Gallen Friday, 20th May and Saturday 21th May 2011. Contributions by: Frieda Sorber, Roberta Orsi Landini, Sara Piccolo Paci, Marianne Stang, Beth Walsh, Flavia Fiori, Edward Maeder with Lynne Z. Bassett, Thessy Schoenholzer Nichols, Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset, Maria Paola Ruffino, Isabella Campagnol, Bernard Berthod, Annabel Thalbot, Paola d'Alena and Federica Sacchetto, Marguerite Coppens, Angharad Rixon, Bruno Ythier and Youlie Spantidaki (deceased in 2010), Babette Küster, Bettina Beisenkétter.
    Symposium and publication organised and edited by Ursula Karbacher, Curator Textile Museum St Gallen. With illustrations from the exhibition 'stgall - the Story of Lace' in the year 2011, 237 pages, in english, St Gallen 2012, ISBN 978-3-033-03239-2
  • Thessy Schoenholzer Nichols, Spitzen in Arbeit - The Making of Lace, New Insights into the Needle Lace-making Process, St.Gallen 2012, 40 pages, in german and english, ISBN 978-3-033-03238-5 - Schoenholzer Nichols

Review of books: (see also more detailed review)

Micheàl & Elizabeth Feller, The Needlework collection : 2 by Elizabeth Feller
new book packed with images of over 400 samplers, hussifs, pinballs, pockets and descriptions by Elizabeth Feller. There are 2 charted sampler projects in the jacket.
290 pages, in english, with many coloured photos, by Richard Holdsworth FRPS, Design and Layout
N E E D L E P R I N T , in english, published by Needleprint, 2012, ISBN 9780955208669

The book is devided into 15 chapters, each chapter with an introducing text by Elizabeth Feller, and the samplers are grouped according to these titles:
- A Green and Pleasant Land
- Quaker
- Named Schools
- Darning and Textures
- Love of Letters
- Bright and beautiful
- Adam and Eve
- All Creatures
- History in Stitches
- Wise and Wonderful
- Over Borders
- Across the Seas
- Worship and Prise
- Practical Pleasures
- Latest Additions
- Acknowledgements

In the chapter of "Love of Letters" one finds an interesting description of George Müller and his Bristol Orphan Houses, included is a photograph of orphan girls in Bristol. More than ten very beautiful samplers of this style with alphabets, in several sizes, embroidered with red yarn are reproduced. Some of them are anonymous, but there are also samplers with names on them. Elizabeth Feller studied the records of the orphan houses and in some cases also found out more about the girls who made them. She also studied the small motives on the samplers and traced some of them back to early French pattern books published by DMC.
The same chapter shows other similar samplers made in schoolrooms. And here as well, Elizabeth Feller researches many dates of the live of these girls.
In this chapter one also finds samplers as basic as sampler can be. Elizabeth Feller writes about them, page 96: "It is very important to have examples from the whole range in a collection so that there is a context in which to set them. It also allows us to make comparisons and understand not only the range of abilities and ambitions or the individual stitchers, but also the sheer variety of teaching practices and teaching skills that were in existence at any one time."

In the chapter "History in Stitches" Elizabeth Feller shows the sampler, made by Jane Austin the author in the year 1787 (page165). Here one reads not only about the author but also about the interesting history of the sampler itself.
So the book represents a beautiful picture book with numerous excellent photos of samplers, and there are also many sensitive and often very touching texts. So the book becomes a rich and interesting source in many different directions.

  F 241 Mary Ayling, Age 14, 1773, 14.5 x 19.5 cm (page 143)
The following text explains the sampler below: "Baptized on 25 March 1759, Mary was the daughter of James and Mary Ayling. On her sampler she tells us that she was of Alverstoke and indeed that is where she was born. Her birthplace is situated near the port of Gosport and, perhaps better known, Portsmouth in Hampshire, on the south coast of England. She also tells us that she worked her sampler at Brixton, on the Isle of Wight, which is just across the Solent from er birthplace. Brixton is now sometimes called Brightstone.
Within a very disciplined border of strawberries, Mary has worked her bright creatures - a stag, bird, butterfly, caterpillar and leopard that would not look out of place on a sampler or panel worked a hundred years earlier. All has been worked on a linen ground using petit point, cross stitch and eyelet."


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