This meant we had a whole day to while away in Colchester. A few of us signed up for a talk by the costume curator of the Colchester and Ipswich museums' costume collection. Thinking it was going to be a lecture, imagine our delight to find we would be getting up close and handling some amazing pieces from the collection. There were exquisite plain sewing samples like this.
Lots of samplers like this Berlin woolwork spot sampler...
and this 17th century spot sampler with metal thread embroidery.
A shot silk taffeta jabot dating back to 1860 with beautiful covered buttons.
A fabulous over the top Victorian tea cosy in silk patchwork. I don't think I'm going to start making tea cosoies like this one!
There were several Bulgarian samples with beautiful pulled fabric work.
A beautiful Liberty smocked child's dress.