Upon entry,we immediately noticed a laundry counter and rotating racks like you'd see in a commercial laundry. The Laundry Counter provides dry cleaning and laundry services for the costumes and inspects/repairs articles daily.
Then there is an Issuance Dpeartment that "keeps track both physically and electronically of an inventory of 59,746 costume items". Wow!!!
|The wools are from England and luscious!!!|
|Close up of cuffs|
|The buttonholes are hand sewn with metallic thread, the pile of brown buttons were all hand wrapped with thread and there were some dorset buttons in upper right corner|
|A dress in progress for Martha Washington. Most of the underskirt is done on machine (they can't keep up otherwise) but the outside layers were hand stitched.|
|I'm pretty sure I remember them saying the dress was based on an original of Martha's|
This delicate silver dress (above) had unique ruffling around the neck and sleeves. It is accomplished with a pinking iron. They would take the metal semi circular metal tools (shown above) and hammer with a mallet...up to five times each punch..to create the lovely scalloped edge. The lady who worked with these said it was 'migraine inducing' when these punches were in use!!!
|These "flies" were hand tied on some pre-made trim|
|An elegant pair|
|For the common man/woman|
Now, some undergarments....not sure I'd want to be wearing these, but they are lovely.
|It's a shame this was hidden underneath....|
Some embroidery techniques.....
|Silk ribbon embroidery|
|Hand tambour work|
There was also a Yard Sale going on where the public could purchase retired costumes, shoes, etc. That was extremely popular and had very long lines!!! I hope you enjoyed coming along with me on this adventure; it is an annual event and I'm planning on returning next year.
On to some stitching...I did have a finish this week....Pumpkins for Sale by Sally Rutka. This was the second kit Sally designed for Salty Yarn's Jamboree. It will be a quick FFO since it gets finished on top of a small, provided tin. Stitched over one on 32 ct. Pampas linen with called for threads. I did substitute red for the wagon.
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