One difficulty I face in editing Needle Arts is not being able to include everything I would like to have in an article. It’s the editor’s perennial dilemma. It’s often difficult to choose among images. The more images and text in one article, the fewer pages for another article. What goes in? What must be set aside? In all truth, it is a good problem for an editor to have.
The EGA blog can help resolve that problem. From time to time I hope I can share images and features that extend or complement what we have in the magazine.
Agecroft Hall in Richmond, Virginia, has granted us permission to post images that did not fit in the article, “Agecroft Hall,” in the December 2010 issue. I have the pleasure of posting them below. The photography is by Ben Moxley. His photo of the Agecroft Coif was credited in “Reproducing Historic Needlework,” but his work should have been credited in the article on Agecroft Hall as well. All of the photos in that article are his work.
The dining parlor in Agecroft Hall is most inviting. Food would definitely taste better in such a space.
The seventeenth-century bedstead in the Painted Chamber is absolutely stunning. The Florentine-patterned bed rug complements the bed. Note the cradle as well.
This is the other side of the beaded purse that was featured on page 35 in the article. “Spend not to[o] fast.” It sounds like a message for all time. But who beaded this purse? For whom was the message? Why?
The work in the book cover is delicate. Imagine how the gold would have sparkled when it was first stitched.
An embroidered cushion
If you cannot visit Agecroft Hall itself, visit the website, www.agecrofthall.com. You may also wish to visit Jefferson Collins’ blog, ”Secrets from the Curator’s Closet,” at curatorscloset.blogspot.com. Collins is Manager of Collections at Agecroft Hall, and his blog provides witty insight on artifacts at the historic house.