Minimizing the marks of time on clothing is a formidable challenge. Costumes reflect the cultural, religious, and ethnic elements of society. Maintaining and recording them is an important pursuit to many professionals including anthropologists, archeologists, museum curators, designers, and archivists. Textile preservation and restoration includes a variety of subtopics such as fiber properties, weave structures, light and lighting, pests, and synthetic conservation materials. History, analysis, and complete subject coverage are provided in this work, and will engage the beginner as well as those who are more knowledgeable. Scrupulous research is complemented by the author's keen interest in this specialized arena. Careful attention to detail makes Darning the Wear of Time an invaluable resource and worthy addition to collections. Survey results, an annotated bibliography, and indexes to bibliography entries make this volume comprehensive, yet readily accessible. Inclusion and indexing of illustrations is a unique feature that increases its value as a hands-on tool. Timely information covering specific aspects of costume conservation, restoration, and documentation make this the ideal vehicle for conveying new developments in these fields. Topics receiving limited attention are made available for those interested in future projects. A thorough and dynamic examination of an intriguing field.
Each one of this collection's poignant, finely crafted stories, which in character and setting are often reminiscent of the works of Alice Munro, introduces ordinary people confronting their personal, but not uncommon demons.
Riffling through the wardrobes of years gone by, costume historian Lucy Adlington reveals the rich stories underlying the clothes we wear in this stylish tour of the most important developments in the history of fashion, from ancient times to the present day. Starting with underwear – did you know Elizabeth I owned just one pair of drawers, worn only after her death? – she moves garment by garment through Western attire, exploring both the items we still wear every day and those that have gone the way of the dodo (sugared petticoats, farthingales and spatterdashers to name but a few). Beautifully illustrated throughout, and crammed with fascinating and eminently quotable facts, Stitches in Time shows how the way we dress is inextricably bound up with considerations of aesthetics, sex, gender, class and lifestyle – and offers us the chance to truly appreciate the extraordinary qualities of these, our most ordinary possessions.
Learn how to use simple sewing and mending techniques to extend the life of the clothes you love. Have you ever thrown good clothes away simply because you didn't know how to mend them? Have you got clothes that you can't bear to part with, but need a fresher look? Then this ebook is for you. With fast fixes and clever techniques, Mend it, Wear it, Love it has everything you need to mend and care for your clothes, and stitch your way to a more sustainable wardrobe. Detailed step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions explain how to mend, customize, and care for your clothes in a range of materials. Enjoy your clothes for longer, express your creativity, and live more sustainably.
Ainslie meets Mary Allison in an ancient Highland graveyard. It is a tantalising meeting that raises more questions than it answers. Later encounters with Mary and with other local people gradually involve him in a mystery that, as a newcomer to the glen, he is not equipped to solve. While the mystery deepens, Ainslie is employed for the winter by one of the local lairds to cull the surplus hinds from the red deer herds. Against the backdrop of the harsh and empty world of the Highlands, this strange and necessary rite will have an explosive climax.
Hitler’s Third Reich of Germany, in its corruption and despotism, subjected many of its own people to terrible abuse before it began to crumble, abandoning them to a new kind of holocaust. Despite brutal treatment, harsh conditions, near starvation, and bodies riddled with boils, when others around them languished in despair, God brought great glory to Himself through the lives of His faithful servants. Liane tells the true story of her East Prussian family’s steadfast faith and struggle for survival amidst the horror of Russian invasion and occupation in her autobiographies Refuge and From Fear to Freedom. In her award-winning books, Liane Guddat Brown proclaims God’s sustaining grace proven through a family torn apart by war. “We still thank the Lord for bringing us to America,” she says. “For it was only by His grace that we survived at all, and even more, that we would be allowed to live among the most privileged people in the world.”
Have you ever wondered how you'd survive without your wife or girlfriend (or mum!) attending to those little tasks - such as mending, sewing and cleaning - that you should, rather embarrassingly, be able to do yourself? Have you ever wished you knew these skills so that you can finally sew on a button or remove a stain on your own? Then this is the book for you! From baking bread and making jam to ironing a shirt and treating a sting, Darn It! features all the essential skills that a man should learn to make his life that little bit easier. Divided into sections on housekeeping, craft and make do, the kitchen and first aid, each task is succinctly explained and accompanied by beautifully illustrated instructions. The modern man need never again sheepishly ask for help!
The rationing period during World War II was a difficult time, and yet it is remembered nostalgically as a time of unity and great sacrifice. Make Do and Mend focuses on clothes rationing, which was introduced in June 1940. With the nation's industrial output concentrated on the war effort, basic clothes were in short supply and high fashion was an unknown commodity. Adults were issued as little as 36 coupons a year to spend on clothes. But a man's suit could cost 22 coupons, a coat 16 and a lady's dress 11, so the need to recycle clothing and be inventive with other materials became a necessity. The government issued the leaflets included in Make Do and Mend to advise on how best to avoid wasting valuable resources by recycling curtains into dresses and old sheets into underwear; in short how to 'make do and mend' rather than buying new clothes. Produced from original material held in archives the leaflets are also a nostalgic showcase of forties style.