What I was doing when I wasn’t quilting

I think I’ve obliquely mentioned that 2018 has been a tough year. Things are definitely getting better and I also feel more positive about things. So that’s nice.

There were days-weeks-more weeks with little sewing. I’m getting back to it and am delighted to be doing so. When I wasn’t sewing however I was starting to read books on colour and colour theory.

This book, The Secret Lives of Color, by Kassia St. Clair delighted me in February/March. So much so that, when I had to return it to the library before I finished reading it, my husband ordered me a copy as an anniversary gift. It has meticulously researched history and context for the shades of each colour. Fascinating read, I would read bits aloud to my kids and they were drawn in as well.

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair

Next I read this book, The Brilliant History of Color in Art, by Victoria Finlay. More of a coffee table book and with obviously more focus on art history than the previous book. Also a great read about how colour has been used through history.

The Brilliant History of Color in Art

And then! I came across the super Instagram account of Eleanor Houghton who bills herself as a “Brontë Dress Historian, Bibliophile and Milliner”. With my theatre costuming and art history background this sort of thing is of interest to me and I was pretty excited when she started an Eh to Zed of “dyes and dyeing practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” Here is the link to the intro of the A-Z which started on April 15. 

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My favourite colour, called Napthalene, from coal tar.

So there we are, a few bright spots from my spring, and a bit of education as well.


7 thoughts on “What I was doing when I wasn’t quilting

  1. Interesting books! I’m sorry you’ve not had a good year, but glad you are finding enjoyable things to read as you work your way back to sewing. There is a shop here that specializes in reproduction fabrics; she has provided fabric to theatres and movies. I think you would enjoy meeting her!


  2. Hi Nicole,
    Fascinating books – I will have to check both of them out as them sound like great subjects. That second book really peaks my interest – that turquoise pyramid in the center especially. I am glad you are getting back to things you enjoy, and finding you. {{Hugs}} Reading is a activity I enjoy very much, whether it’s reading fluff, fiction or non-fiction. Happy Sunday! ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. Thanks for sharing these, they look quite interesting. 2017 was a tough year for me and there are still some ongoing challenges. I hope the year continues to improve.


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