This beautiful song 'Requiem' by Eliza Gilkyson was composed as a song of grief following the Asian tsunami. Once again it is finding its way to listeners and as a song of prayer and comfort.
We had our own share of drama last week. Mervyn was rushed to hospital on Thursday night as there was some concern that he had suffered a minor stroke. The CT scan did not show any recent abnormalities but he is now on medication and scheduled for a more intensive MR scan later in the month. He is physically a lot better and after sitting in hospital very bored over the weekend, was sent home yesterday.
Austin arrived back safely with much to relate of his experiences in Afghanistan and a gift of a small silk prayer rug. Unfortunately due to all the delays, his planned shopping trip in Bastion to get special gifts for all the family was cancelled. We are thrilled to have him back home and we are now all awaiting the arrival of 'Victoria'.
The on line show was a great success and three of our creations found new homes. I was planning to take a break for a few days but there are long overdue orders to complete and this year's special limited editions need to be stitched.
Megan and I decided that we should continue with our planned trip to the London Vintage Fashion and Accessories show on Sunday. The show was wonderful, lots of beautiful vintage clothing, lace, hats, jewellery etc. With a limited budget we settled for some lace, buttons, silk threads and pearl beads. Guess Megan picked the silk threads, look at all those pinks.......
The pink DMC lacet is something I have never seen before. Internet research revealed that it also known as bolduc band. A flat, narrow cotton shoelace-weave tape used to mark the dress form in haute couture. DMC stopped making it some time ago and it is apparently very hard to find. I also discovered that it was sometimes used in crochet with a picture taken from an amazing little book entitled 'Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont. I have a copy of this book which I purchased many years ago. A very small book it contains a wealth of information. There is no publication date but the book belonged to Alison Devereux in 1927.
Sadly the vintage velvet flowers which I love to collect were ridiculously overpriced. Having collected all this 'stuff' for many years I am quite shocked at the prices now being asked. The show is held several times a year and we plan to visit again in the future, have to start saving.
Back to bear making...............
Reality is harsh. It can be cruel and ugly. Yet no matter how much we grieve over our environment and circumstances nothing will change. What is important is not to be defeated, to forge ahead bravely. If we do this, a path will open before us. Daisaku Ikeda