Die British Library plaudert aus dem Nähkästchen…

The British Library has extensive German collections and sometimes some extraordinary things come to light. In this blog post, the curator Susan Reed found herself on a journey into embroidery…

It was a recent cataloguing query from a colleague that led me to the pattern-books of Johann Schwartzenberger. One three-part work by him, Ain New Formbüchlin der Weissen Arbait …, was bound with a similar but separate work, Ain New Modelbüchlin des Porten gewürcks …, which had no catalogue record….

via Patterns for 16th-century Stitchers — European studies blog

And we had a dig around the internet to find sewing-related idioms as well! In English there’s ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ – but do you know any German ones? We came up with ‘Aus dem Nähkästchen plaudern’ – that refers to the practice of women in previous centuries getting together over their sewing to exchange the latest local news. But we found plenty more: check out the list at the Textilprojekt to be inspired!


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