Elders Primary Wool have introduced technology that will identify the source of wool in their carpets. New Zealand claims to grow the best strong wool in the world. Most of this wool is used in carpets. They want to be able to certify that their carpets contain NZ wool so have knitted a tracer fibre, invisible to the eye, into the wool fibre. This tracer can be doused with a signature marker and detected with a hand held scanner. The technology has been developed by AgRearch in New Zealand in conjunction with scientists from CSIRO.
If people, world wide, need certainty that what they buy is what retailers claim there may well be more of these tracer fibres in our food and fibres in the future. Traceability technology in carpets — Otago Daily Times
This is a wonderful animated short that was shown at the Encounters Short Film Festival. It’s called Don’t Let It All Unravel, it was directed by Sarah Cox, and all the action is knitted — or frogged (un-knitted) — (via Make Magazine)
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: The Tapestry Book by Helen Churchill Candee.
First published in 1912 by Frederick A Stokes Company.
The commercial fact that tapestries have immeasurably increased in value within the last five years, would have little interest were it not that this increase is the direct result of America’s awakened appreciation of this form of art. It has come about in these latter days that tapestries are considered a necessity in the luxurious and elegant homes which are multiplying all over our land. And the enormous demand thus made on the supply, has sent the prices for rare bits into a dizzy altitude, and has made even the less perfect pieces seem scarce and desirable.
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Chats on Old Lace and Needlework by Emily Leigh Lowes.
First published in 1908 by T Fisher Unwin, Ltd, Adelphi Terrace, London. This little book has been compiled to emphasise and accentuate the distinct awakening of English women and Needlecraft Artists to the beauty of the ancient laces and embroideries which we own in the magnificent historic collections in our great public Museums. Chats on Old Lace and Needlework by Emily Leigh Lowes — Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet by Anonymous.
First published in 1918 by Needlecraft Publishing Company, Augusta, Maine. Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet by Anonymous — Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: The Bath Tatting Book by PP.
First published in 1865 by Emily Faithfull, Printer and Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. The Bath Tatting Book by PP — Project Gutenberg
The University of Wisconsin has a digital collection of books available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members.
This digital collection includes millinery, dressmaking, clothing and costume books from the UW-Madison collections. These books from the first half of the 20th century (1907 – 1940’s) include the history of clothing, styles of dress, fashion drawing, and design and construction of hats, clothing and costumes. Items in this collection will appeal to vintage clothing collectors, those studying costume design, fashion, and women’s history, and those who just enjoy reminiscing about days gone by. All Sewn Up: Millinery, Dressmaking, Clothing and Costume — University of Wisconsin Digital Collection
A woollen mill on Speyside which has manufactured cloth since 1784 has been given a lifeline through lottery cash.
Knockando Woolmill, which featured in the BBC Two series Restoration, is in danger of collapse and school trips can no longer visit because of the risk.
The mill has been given a grant of £1.3m and development funding of £120,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Lottery cash to restore wool mill — BBC
This summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing are putting new focus on China’s handling of human rights. But there’s another area getting new attention — animal rights, and a group from Portland is helping with that effort.
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