I am looking for a competent needlewoman to help me. Quite often I sell textiles which need to be hand stitched to a backing which is stretched over a wooden stretcher or acid free board, ready for a frame. Sometimes a dress might need a few stitches. I do not need a conservator, just someone who loves sewing and is particular about her work. My current helper is retiring.
Did you realise there are events all over the UK this summer celebrating the Huguenots, the French Protestants who left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Many settled in Spitalfields, London and Norwich as well as other areas. Highly skilled silversmiths, watchmakers and financiers manyt were silk weavers who brought intricate skills, new techniques, ideas and the incomparable French style. The master weavers lived in large, elegant houses in Spitalfields, whilst the journeymen weavers lived in small houses north of Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. Do have a look at the website Huguenots Summer, celebrating the People, Places and Legacy www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org/events/huguenot-summer.html. To celebrate this event I have included a few Spitalfields silk stoles from the early 19th century on the site (Shawls of Paisley Design - Woven). You will also find lengths and pieces of Spitalfields woven dress silks which would look good framed (Costume - 18th c) and in (Antique English & European Textiles - Woven). The other celebration this summer is the Battle of Waterloo. The Spitalfields silk stoles are exactly what would have been worn at the ball on the eve of the Battle. Why not buy one of the stoles to wear at the events to celebrate the anniversary.