Jenny La Fleur
18th century woes - Jenny La Fleur
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18th century woes
I'm having a run of bad luck with my pockets today. We are having issues with the new scanner so I haven't been able to finalize my pattern. Technology - bah! I did locate a rose I liked so that is one good thing. I have no idea where I got it (so bad about documenting finds online) but I love the shape and the way it is shaded.

I made the trek this morning to buy the wool thread I need. No soap. I had only been in that little cross-stitch shop down-town once and thought I remembered seeing wool threads there. My memory was faulty and it turned out to be a silk/wool blend. I could use that I suppose but it was quite expensive and I rather have my heart set on wool. Besides I wasn’t awed by the colors. There wasn't a big selection and some were very bright colors. Not passable for 18th century dyes. Of course it could have just been the poor lighting. The shop recommended trying the local kitting shop. I went there, or rather tried to. The street was closed for some college thing. I didn't feel like dealing with it so I'll go another day. In the mean time I'm trying not to get too depressed. I really don't want to order the threads online!

More bad news awaited me at home. Mum promised me a few weeks ago that I could use some pure linen that was given to her ages ago. I finally got around to locating it in the stash only to discover it's not white. Man! I really had my heart set on a set of pure white underthings. In the past (and ignorance) I have had the less historic unbleached muslin. The linen is lovely, a pretty buttery ivory but I wanted white. *choked sob*

I don't need very much for a pocket so I think I will just go to G Streets and splurge on some white. Maybe I'll use the ivory linen for my underpetticoat, linen is still more fun than white cotton... or a cute little sheath dress for the summer would be fun too. *evil grin*


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From: misscrabtree Date: June 12th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC) (link)
For the wool try Michaels or Treasure Island. Or try The Edwardian Needle in Bloomfield NJ, it's not too far from my University. If they have what you want maybe we talk them into sending you some samples or I can pick it up and send to you myself. This store is supposed to have every thing under the sun in regard to thread. And...not to far from that is a wonderful bead's pure bead heaven. But that's besides the point.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 14th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks for the offer but I think that is too complicated for both of us. I'm not sure what colors I want, that is the trouble. I want to be able to pick them out in person. I've found two places in town to try and if that fails there is a place in Manassas that should carry wool threads. If I'm really desperate there is a place in Bethesda. *crossing fingers I can find what I need in town* So jealous you have a shop like that close by!
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