Did anyone else read John Kelly’s piece in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine about the eccentrics in Oxford, England? If you got through all 3,000+ words, you would have come to an Oxford butcher who once purchased “the oldest ham in the world from Christie’s” (the ham dates to 1892). The butcher went on to tell Kelly that he’d moved on from meat to collecting needlepoint samplers from the 16th through 18th centuries. “You can see the beauty in them,” he explained, adding that his book on the subject would be coming out shortly.
I did a little searching online and found this:
“The Michael and Elizabeth Feller Needlework Collection of over 500 astonishing items is world class. Included are early coifs, shoes, gloves, cushions, caskets, huswifs, pinballs and samplers covering all periods and many countries. Needleprint will release the entire collection for you, starting in late 2010…”
Something to keep an eye out for.