The best laid plans of mice and men…
I have had to shelve some of the plans I had.
Mainly because of the weather and partly because I just can't summon that extra organizational energy that I need to make it work.
My Sister Heather and her husband arrived in London yesterday and I got to spend a whole day with family today… and an evening with a nephew last night…. A little bit of home, it was wonderful.
Yesterday I went back to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
I think one of the pieces I enjoyed seeing most was a 13th century Quilt.
Made around 1360 – 1400, in Sicily, this is a stunning piece of art.
It's quilted linen and padded with cotton wadding. The thread is brown linen for the outlines and lighter color for the quilting.
It's huge, Height 320 cm, Width 287.
In 14 scenes, it tells the story of the legend of Tristan and Isolde and the oppression of King Languis of Ireland and the battle of St Tristan.
Can you imagine how this quilt would look on the bed in candlelight… ?
Look at the quality of the linen…. how many years is it? 650 years old or even older.
Of course part of my study has been to look at linen and I'm absolutely amazed at how resilient it is… I wonder if the fabric produced today will be around in 600 years time.
I photographed linen from India, Britain and France. Illustrations by Beatrix Potter, William Morris, and other artists… what a joy.
I'll create an album and put the other photos up there….
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Hi Pam – I love the Victoria and Albert Museum. I was there about 12 years ago. I didn’t spend much time with the quilts but I spent a day looking at the 16th & 17th century Samplers. Which are done on linen with silk fiber. At that time of my life I was into stitching reproduction samplers. It was so nice to see the original. I wanted to go stay in London for a couple weeks so I would have more time to spend at the V&A. It is nice to see it through you eyes. Nancy
Nancy, it’s been one of my favorites for a very long time. It’s been a joy.