My parapluie felt right at home the other day….at number 35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills.
|Queensland Womens Historical Association…thank you!|
It's wonderful that we can appreciate our history, up close and personal, because of the voluntary work you do!
I've been collecting beautiful textiles for years so I definitely didn't want to miss this. More on the 'sampler' exhibition below.
But first, a glimpse of those Miegunyah gilded treasures.
|The Perry Family….off to somewhere nice.|
|The original family….Miegunyah would have been considered very grand in its day…still is today!|
|Lacey delights inside and out….with wattle beyond.|
|Lady of the house…..Leila.|
|Leila appropriately framed in silver gilt.|
|Beautiful polished and carved timbers everywhere. Quality!|
|Golden brass pulls.|
|Coloured and etched stained glass panels….all original.|
|That quintessential 'Queenslander' look….timber venetians, lattice, and richly decorated cast iron balustrades.|
Many of the samplers on exhibit were embroidered with dates and the various girls' names. Samplers from Evelyn, Norma, Gertie, Amelia, Maria etc etc spanned the 1800s and 1900s.
'Needlework', way back then, was prescribed by law under Regulation 50 (1867) no doubt, to ensure that women had the appropriate 'housewifely' skills to sew on a button, insert a zip, hem a skirt or trouser pant, ruche a sleeve band or collar, darn a holey sock etc etc.
Well, those skills were essential for the age…no bargains via on-line shopping then. No local shopping centres open until 6pm every evening! A housewife had to know how to sew, cook, clean…to stretch that family budget.
Ahhh….those good old fashioned ways!
A golden age that taught practical and useful skills to enhance family life.
And I can't tell you how often I've used my modest stitchery skills!
Just recently I hemmed some white linen….decided on a wabi sabi hem with black cross stitch! Looks very swish too….XXXXXXXX…. thanks regulation 50!!!!
|I think this gown could be a 'sampler' too…like a toile…the work is incredible.|
Apparently it won 1st prize at the Brisbane Exhibition!!
|I remember those stitches….mine were never that neat though.|
|Sampler - 18th century|
|F. Walker's sampler, 1894|
|Maria Dring's sampler, 1820|
|Evelyn McNulty's sampler, 1900|
|Norma's sampler….from St Mary's Convent, Ipswich|
|Sampler - circa 1950s - note introduction of zip. Needlework keeping apace with changes throughout the century!|
|Norma's sampler, 1890s|
|Gertie's sampler, 1887|
And isn't it great to see a swing back to those good old fashioned ways….with sewing clubs, knitting and crochet clubs. The New Cool for modern gals and guys!!!