On long covid, lockdown and hope

Winter this year was a particularly horrible one. The weather was abysmal, I had a reoccurrence of what I now know to be long covid, my brain didn’t feel like it was functioning properly, I was in significant amounts of pain due to endometriosis and adenomyosis. It was depressing.

I’ve not really had the energy to tackle any sewing projects, but I did make these by hand which will go on my Etsy store fairly soon.

Handmade 18th century style pocket, huswif (needle/sewing knick knacks roll) and pin cushion. Made with reproduction 19th century quilting cottons from Moda fabrics, cotton thread and tape. Pocket is lined with linen.

I made another blue bonnet and several pairs of socks (I love making hand knit socks for myself to wear around the house or with my boots), but the thing I’m most proud of from this first few months of the year is the project I’ve been working on for the West Highland Museum.

The Barbara Morrison beetle wing dress project has taken up all my thinking time pretty much. It has involved huge amounts of research, lots of chatting with Vanessa (curator at the West Highland Museum), Dr Jo FitzHenry (who is the family genealogist and runs the fascinating FitzHenry DNA database), Blair Suthernden of the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) museum, Cath Jones (Barbara’s great great grand-daughter) and Kenna Libes, who is a postgrad student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and wrote the best article I have read on beetle wing dresses.

I started writing this blogpost in April and time has just flown by – it’s now the end of July. It still needs quite a lot of thought and writing, but that will happen soon.

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