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Matching Sets in Crochet, Clark’s O.N.T. Book no. 281. The scans were donated by Glenda Hicks, and edited by Yvonne DeBandi. Yvonne is a graphical designer (and singer) and we could pay her for her services thanks to the donations that came in up to now. Glenda donated three books and Yvonne is working on them, so expect more next week! Thank you, Glenda!
We may all remember Raezza, the ebay seller who donated the pattern with those lovely butterflies! Well, there were more in the pipeline and I’ve taken this week to puzzle out the chart to one of them, a lovely bouquet of flowers, fading from deep purple at the bottom to white at the top. I don’t know the type of flower – if they were orange, I’d say it was the orange trumpet climber, planted by my neighbour and currently overrunning my balcony. Any botanical minds who can help us out here, drop me a note?
The pattern was published by Hertz & Wegener #13225 so decidedly not one of the earlier ones. And the paint has worn away on much of the top part of the flowers, so I’ve had to guess a lot about colors there. Usually if the color is worn, the symbols beneath are visible; not so here. If ever any of you sees this same pattern in a higher resolution, let me know?
You might notice that the pdf only contains one listing image, and then the color and symbol chart and the legend. I’m doing that to keep the size down, and people who want to embroider the pattern really only need the chart. But I like to give the provenance of the design as well (if I have permission). And thank you, Raezza! I have you on my list of favorites 😉
This pattern, Hertz & Wegener 3277 is currently offered on ebay by amgarchive, who sold a whole slew of lovely Berlin woolwork and last week gave me permission to publish the patterns of the lot! This one goes first because it’s still available. Many of the others have been charted already and will appear soon (promises, promises – but they have been charted already). Thank you, amgarchive! All our embroiderers appreciate your generosity! The pattern shows a sort-of 3D wave effect by using darker and lighter shades of one color. That was very popular for a while (haven’t pinned down an exact period for that yet) and I’ve seen it in many other patterns.
The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, no less. Dieu et mon droit, Honi soit qui mal y pense, a harp, a red lion, two times three small lions, and a lion and unicorn – and I’m ashamed to say that still I had to look this one up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_coat_of_arms_of_the_United_Kingdom mentioned one interesting addition: this is the version that was in use before the accession of Queen Victoria, because the arms of Hanover are still in the middle. With the crown, which was in use from 1818 – so the coat of arms is from 1818-1836. Of course the pattern can be of a far later date.
It’s from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, and it was done before the other flower bouquets and such because it was a challenge. It took longer than usual, but then it’s larger than usual too, so that’ll be my excuse. Thank you, Victoria (no, not the Queen, but the Rights Advisor for the museum collection)!
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