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  • Some Stitches Used In Frame Embroidery Part 1.  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 52
    Feather Stitch. In framework, as in handwork, we restore the ancient name of Feather work or stitch, Opus Plumarium. We have already said that it was so-called from its likeness to the plumage of a bird.

  • A Little Bit Of Rot  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 47
    Just a little comment I posted on facebook to my daughter when she asked when I would be returning to Morwell. Her question was "where u now?? When do u go back to morwell??" My reply:

  • Mr. Hermie  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 43


  • Embroidery Frames And Framing of the Past.  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 43
    Before proceeding to describe the various stitches used in frame embroidery, we will say a few words as to the frame itself, the manner of stretching the material in it, and the best and least fatiguing method of working at it.

  • Silent, Deadly, Water, Typhoon Sendong  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 43
    This is bits that have come to my mind over the last few days here, after Typhoon Sendong vent its water onto the Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City areas of the Philippines. It is just a jumble.

  • Some Stitches Used In Hand Embroidery Part 1  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 42
    To avoid pulling or puckering the work, care should be taken; firstly, that the needle is not too small, so as to require any force in drawing it through the material; secondly, the material must be held in a convex position over the fingers, so that the crewel or silk in the needle shall be looser than the ground; and thirdly, not to use too long needlefuls. These rules apply generally to all handworked embroideries.

  • Crewel Embroidery Explained  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 41
    Crewel Embroidery, or Crewelwork, is a ornamental variety of surface embroidery using wool and a variety of different embroidery stitches to keep to a design outline applied to the fabric. The technique is over a thousand years old. It was used in the Bayeux Tapestry, in Jacobean embroidery and in Quaker tapestry.

  • Today  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 41
    Another repost from my other site, well, I have to post something!!

  • Beautiful  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 41
    Ok, This is another golden oldie that is from the old site, but since today seems quiet, and I'm having a 3 minute break :-)

  • Winter Dusk  By:  R. K. Munkittrick  Views: 39
    The prospect is bare and white,
    And the air is crisp and chill;


  • A Little Bee  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 38
    A Re-Submit from the old site.

  • Education? Or Just Progress? Australian Schooling (But many other countries can relate I am sure)  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 38
    You know, when I went to school (a few years ago!!) here in Australia, at the time we had very dedicated teachers. We also had 3 Term years, not 4 like now; and not as many public holidays.

  • Some Stitches Used In Hand Embroidery, Briefly, Part 2  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 38
    There is one variety of this stitch, in which the thread is twisted a great many times round the needle, so as to form a sort of curl instead of a single knot. This is found in many ancient embroideries, where it is used for the hair of saints and angels in ecclesiastical work.

  • Have You Ever?  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 37


  • CAN'T PROMISE  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 37
    This was placed here as a test, but, all the same, I hope you enjoy it again :-)

  • The Practical Joker  By:  William Schwenck Gilbert  Views: 37
    Oh, what a fund of joy jocund lies hid in harmless hoaxes!
    What keen enjoyment springs


  • To The Pliocene Skull  By:  Francis Bret Harte  Views: 37
    "Speak, O man less recent!
    Fragmentary fossil!


  • The Truth About Horace  By:  Eugene Field  Views: 37
    It is very aggravating
    To hear the solemn prating


  • Some Stitches Used In Frame Embroidery Part 2.  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 36
    Cushion Stitches. Cushion Stitch. The ancient Opus Pulvinarium of the Middle Ages, likewise called “Cross Stitch” may lay claim to be one of the most ancient known in embroidery. There have been many varieties, but the principle is the same in all. It is worked on and through canvas, of which the threads, as in tapestry, regulate the stitches.

  • Some Stitches Used In Frame Embroidery Part 3.  By:  Mick Puttock  Views: 36
    Cut Work Or Appliqué. Decorative cut work is of infinite variety, but may be divided into two groups, “inlaid appliqué” and “onlaid appliqué.”

  • My Garden  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 36
    Only the commonest flowers
    Grow in my garden small,


  • The Golden Wedding.  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 36
    Inscribed to OUR FATHER AND MOTHER, and read on that Anniversary, FEBRUARY 15TH, 1876.

  • The Spirit Of The Ideal.  By:  Denis Florence MacCarthy  Views: 36
    Sweet sister spirits, ye whose starlight tresses
    Stream on the night-winds as ye float along,


  • Lost And Found.  By:  Denis Florence MacCarthy  Views: 36
    "Whither art thou gone, fair Una?
    Una fair, the moon is gleaming;


  • To Phoebe  By:  William Schwenck Gilbert  Views: 36
    "Gentle, modest little flower,
    Sweet epitome of May,


  • Old Fashioned Fun  By:  William Makepeace Thackeray  Views: 36
    When that old joke was new,
    It was not hard to joke,


  • Two Men  By:  Edwin Arlington Robinson  Views: 36
    There be two men of all mankind
    That I should like to know about;


  • Shake, Mulleary And Go-Ethe  By:  Henry Cuyler Bunner  Views: 36
    I have a bookcase, which is what
    Many much better men have not.


  • Ode To Work In Springtime  By:  Thomas R. Ybarra  Views: 36
    Oh, would that working I might shun,
    From labour my connection sever,


  • Pansies.  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    When the earliest south winds softly blow
    Over the brown earth, and the waning snow.....

  • Pictures In The Fire  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    The wind croons under the icicled eaves
    Croons and mutters a wordless song,.....

  • A Madrigal  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    The lily-bells ring underground,
    Their music small I hear....

  • The Ploughboy.  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    I wonder what he is thinking
    In the ploughing field all day.....

  • The Burning Of Chicago.  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    Out of the west a voice - a shudder of horror and pity;
    Quivers along the pulses of all the winds that blow; .....


  • Marguerite  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    Marguerite, - oh Marguerite!
    Thy sleep is sound, and still and sweet, .....


  • Thanksgiving.  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    The Autumn hills are golden at the top,
    And rounded as a poet's silver rhyme; .....


  • Beyond  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    Cloudy argosies are drifting down into the purple dark,
    And the long low amber reaches, lying on the horizon's mark, .....


  • Easter Bells  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    Oh bells of Easter morn, oh solemn sounding bells,
    Which fill the hollow cells .....


  • Voices Of Hope  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    It is the hither side, O Hope,
    And afternoon; our shadows slope


  • To The Daughter Of The Author Of "Violet Keith."  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 35
    I never looked upon thy face;
    I never saw thy dwelling-place;


  • Malbrouck  By:  Father Prout  Views: 35


  • Mark Twain: A Pipe Dream  By:  Oliver Herford  Views: 35
    Well I recall how first I met
    Mark Twain - an infant barely three


  • From A Full Heart  By:  Alan Alexander Milne  Views: 35
    In days of peace my fellow-men
    Rightly regarded me as more like


  • When The Frost Is On The Punkin  By:  James Whitcomb Riley  Views: 35
    When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,
    And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,


  • The Height Of The Ridiculous  By:  Oliver Wendell Holmes  Views: 35
    I wrote some lines once on a time
    In wondrous merry mood,


  • A Rondelay  By:  Peter Anthony Motteux  Views: 35
    Man is for woman made,
    And woman made for man:


  • To Minerva  By:  Thomas Hood  Views: 35
    My temples throb, my pulses boil,
    I'm sick of Song and Ode and Ballad


  • The Legend Of Heinz Von Stein  By:  Charles Godfrey Leland  Views: 35
    Out rode from his wild, dark castle
    The terrible Heinz von Stein;


  • November Meteors.  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 34
    Out of the dread eternities,
    The vast abyss of night,.....

  • The Voice Of Many Waters.  By:  Kate Maclean  Views: 34
    Oh Sea, that with infinite sadness, and infinite yearning
    Liftest thy crystal forehead toward the unpitying stars,....

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