I came home from work last Friday to find the latest Selvedge magazine in my letterbox. It’s always a joy to find something other than window faced envelopes.
Selvedge is a British publication and in their own words is “a design-led, 100 page, bi-monthly magazine that covers every facet of textiles – interiors, fashion, art, craft, travel and shopping – in an intelligent and inspiring way”. It is more like a small book than a magazine. It is on the expensive side (especially with postage to Australia), but well worth it. They also have a good online shop with high-end hand crafted textiles and related items.
One of their articles alerted me to a fabulous web site called Clothes Tell Stories. This is a great resource for anyone interested in costumes and costume design. It would be very useful for non-specialists who want to know more about terminology, exhibition techniques, successful labels, contemporary collecting, aspects of proper storage and handling, exhibition walk-throughs and much more. I’m particularly interested in hand-woven cloth and embroidery and it has some good illustrations of embroidery on costumes and examples of the name of the stitches used to make them. Well worth exploring.