http://recondfab.blogspot.co.nz/ ~ how exciting to know I have padded mirror cases all around the world~ it makes my heart smile!
Friday, January 30, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
www.BetterMusicBoxes.com . There is no way I would ever buy a music box, old or new, without being able to HEAR it first...I mean, it makes sense doesn't it? wanting to actually HEAR what something sounds like...when the whole purpose of the thing is to make sound????? Yet....I could find no one on the internet that sold boxes who had videos or actual sound samples!!!! That is, until I came across Rick, Steve & Roger at BMB. They have sound samples of all of the movements they sell~ and hey, if they dont have the tune your looking for, they'll make it for you! They prefer to talk on the phone~ which to me, is a sign they are honest, and committed to their work. The customer matters to them, and they bend over backwards for them. Ill never buy another movement from anyone else, that's for sure! So last year, I ordered a 72 note Sankyo movement of the Moldau . Oh My Goodness! The arrangement is even better than the 12 minute original!!!! And even better, its going in the bottom of my flat top casket!!
After removing the plastic cover and installing the clover glass, the inside of my flat top base is finished! I used a 1620 title page from Livre de Fleurs for the bottom plate~ do watch the video and listen to this gorgeous box, its so fabulous! If you decide to go for a movement yourself, (or one of their beautiful boxed movements) be sure and tell them Rachael sent ya!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
A 17th c Style Stumpwork Embroidered Trinket Box
All sides are different~ I used it to practice and try threads and stitches I have never done before....kind of like a mini sampler, so I am pretty proud of it. The inside is tufted silk, and it sits up on 4 carved fluted bunn feet. Emma made me the beautiful candle box it is sitting on for Christmas this year
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Is That Real Human Hair, or Silk??I have been getting alot of questions as of late about hair bonnets, so thought I would share a few of the ones we have here in the collection with you to try and clear up the current internet muddleness about these bonnets~ are they really real human hair??? horse hair??? silk? How were they worn? Are they wigs?
I will begin with sending you on a little journey here to Winterthur where you can read all about their 'mysterious' little cap. Really they aren't so mysterious, just not very common. The cap or bonnet pictured above, 796.2014.49, dates to c1850 and is hand made of a louped and knotted silk fiber. Most folks readily assume they are made of real human hair, but no, they are not. I will show you a real hair cap in a minute~
The face edges are sometimes plain, sometimes woven in fancy plaits or braids~ all made from the same louped silk fibers
This cap, 713.2013.31, on the other hand, is made from horsehair, and dates c1835-40. Most likely French, it closely resembles the elaborate plaited wigs made there for dolls. I do not believe it is a wig tho, but a cap similar to the ones above, meant to be worn over the hair of its owner and to enhance it. Imagine how long it would take, to sit and have ones own hair plaited in such a fashion~ it would be much easier & quicker to just be able to strap it on!
It can be worn either way~ it has no 'wrong side', including where the ties are attached at the ends
The back sits open, for wearers own hair (bun) to fit thru
The entire piece is elaborately woven in different plaits and knots, with a smooth side, and then this loupe side facing up
Even the front band is tightly woven hair~ I love this piece, its one of my favorites in the whole collection