Monday, May 18, 2009

Trip to the V & A ... and a quilt shop ;o)

On Saturday I went down to London with the children and as it happened I ensured my travels took me in the direction of Kew Gardens and the quaint, but lovely Tikki Quilt shop.  The shop had a wonderful array of fabrics and threads which delighted my senses.  I did make a little purchase, but I haven't snapped any pictures of my loot. :o)

From there we headed further into London to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum.  I had never been there and will definitely plan another visit to see the rest of it.  As I only had a few hours to look around I headed straight for the fashion and textile areas of the museum, but not before taking a picture of this breathtaking glass sculpture in entrance.  It was absolutely amazing!



As I was making my way through I caught sight of this kimono in the Japan section...seems 1/2 square triangles have always been a popular pattern.  Just take a look at the quilting...


And speaking of quilting, the textile area of the museum has an extensive collection of needlework dating back centuries. Each of the pieces are stored in glass trays in cabinets. Using the index on the wall you can find an array of needlework. I saw several samplers, one dating back to 1754! And the stitches so tiny! I found this example of quilting, but unfortunately didn't take note of the age...I think is was about 14th century...but I'm not sure. Isn't it interesting to see that the patterns are the same ones we use today!


In the fashion section there were so many beautiful pieces of clothing...but these two corsets caught my eye.  Julia over at Marmalade Kiss is making her own corset based on a V&A pattern..Here is her version... Isn't it stunning!!  I'm impressed that Julia has a good figure to wear a corset...I hate to imagine my body in one!


The V&A has so much to inspire and I wish I'd had more time to see some of the other areas.  It was a good day out and I look forward to going again.
Until next time...

23 comments:

Contented Caroline said...

Glad you had fun. The V & A is one of my favourite museums in London, they always have great textile shows. Lovely photo's, how the Etsy sales going?

Kitty said...

Beautiful pictures Jane. It's years since I last visited the V&A - definitely somewhere I'd like to go again. x

Libby said...

Thanks for the great pics from the V&A. Hubby and I made it our first stop in London . . . . and as such, I don't really remember a thing. I arrived with a terrible cold and no sleep from an all night flight - I just sort of remember walking around thinking I should try to remember something *s*

Ali said...

I've never been to the V and A either. Terrible to admit.

Sounds like a good day.

Stephanie said...

Lovely needlework. Is the glass sculpture a Chihuly? Gorgeous.

JuliaB said...

Lovely pics Jane! Thank you for your lovely comments too! that glass sculpture is incredible isn't it? One trip to the V&A is NEVER enough. x

katelnorth said...

you are lucky - the embroidery section of the V&A isn't open every day, or at least, it didn't used to be. Can't believe you've never been before! If you want to go this summer, let me know - and there's quite a good playground in Kensington Gardens - not too far a walk - with pirate ship and huge sand pit as a reward for small people who have tolerated a V&A visit...

Jackie said...

Those pictures are great! I just am in love with the glass chandelier that is hanging. How gorgeous is that??? The kimono and the quilting is stunning. What a wonderful day!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh you lucky girl! I love the V&A! I made hubby go when we were there in October -- of course, it was no sacrifice -- he had a great time with the silver and jewelry while I was in textiles.

Connie W said...

Venturing out in a London quilt shop sounds like so much fun.

loulee said...

Looks like a great day out.

anne bebbington said...

Harking back to the late 1970's when I did A level Needlework (I guess they'd call it Textiles now) we took a school residential trip to London from Yorkshire to take in the costume display at the V&A only to find that the entire costume department was in storage as they were installing a new climate control system - what a shame! Did manage to take in a trip to Liberty's though - keep meaning to go back and see what I missed - sometime maybe

Grazia said...

Hi Jane!
Thank you for joining my giveaway...:)
Two years ago, when I wento to Kew Gardens I visited that shop...and left there some money...:)
Grazia

YankeeQuilter said...

I love the V&A! Each time we went up to London I got to visit the museum for a couple of hours. (We usually stay in Kennsington.)So much to take in! Their tea rooms are wonderful too...each small room by a different designer. Love it!

Chris said...

That glass is amazing. We saw a similar thing while on holiday - breathtaking
Chris x

Lynda said...

You would look stunning in a corset, Jane! And actually, wearing one 'trains' your figure to go in and out in the right places to make you even more gorgeous!

momma_donna said...

The glass sculpture is by Dale Chihuly from Seattle, Washiington. I recognized it immediately. He has similar sculptures in Las Vegas at the Belagio and at the Oklahoma City Art Museum.

I love to visit your blog; you take amazing photos! ;)

Terry said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! That glass sculpture is amazing! It looks like it was made by Dale Chihuly. We've seen his work at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus and we watched a special on TV about him as well. It was amazing to actually get to see how his glass creations are made!

Clare said...

Last time I went the Textile section was coming out of hibernation and they hadn't got all the exhibits out. I did manage to get to see the cabinets and some of the kimono's. The one thing that sticks in my mind is a sampler of all the embroidery/needlework stitches made at the turn of the last century (I think). I do really want to go back, but when I don't know.

metrosupialdesigns said...

That glass must be Chihuly. He is a Seattle glass blower.

I'd like to go to that museum too. Seems everytime I've been through London it was an overnighter. I am lucky enough to have a friend there.

Quilter Kathy said...

As always I enjoyed your photographs but especially loved the glass sculpture...how beautiful!

Vicki W said...

I got to spend a lot of time in London a few years ago for work. I loved the V&A so much that I wanted to move in! I've been at least 10 times and still never saw all I wanted to see.

Diane said...

What a great outing! I recognize that sculpture as a Dale Chihuly. There is a similar multicolored one in the lobby of the Milwaukee art museum. It looks like a party! Your trip to the textile department of the V&A reminded me of a Beatrix Potter story. One of the illustrations in "Tailor of Gloucester" (I think) is based on her study of a garment in the museum. How great that they allow you access to such treasures.