January 3, 2019

We are both proud to be a part of a special group: the Valley Quail Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America.  This chapter, based in California, just celebrated our 35th anniversary and is a group of dedicated and talented needleworkers that have fostered some am...

September 28, 2018

Women are often dismissed in many arenas, their accomplished overlooked or ignored, and yet we know that women make up half the world’s population and contribute a huge amount of good and productivity to that world.  We think about embroidery as one of these things.


September 7, 2018

Women’s caps, properly called coifs, are a fascinating, functional little item of clothing.  We’re not talking baseball caps or even those darling hats from the 1940’s. We’re talking Tudor-era caps.

We spell it coif (as in the French “coiffure” meaning hairdressing), bu...

August 20, 2018

Colors are fashionable -- meaning, that they are impacted by the fashion of a moment.  We see that from our own time and we see it historically.  During the 1970’s in the United States, you could buy a kitchen appliance in Avocado Green or Harvest Gold and that was abo...

July 25, 2018

If you’re in England, you see them everywhere.  The Tudor Rose is an incredibly prevalent image in political and historical iconography. From Hampton Court Palace to the local pub sign, Tudor Roses can be found on architecture, signage, heraldry --  if you just look, y...

July 3, 2018

Unlike painters, needleworkers didn’t sign their work.  Unlike silversmiths and potters, needleworkers didn’t add a mark to their work.  Even thatchers would cut in a design pattern in the roofs that they worked on to proclaim their workmanship.  But embroiders didn’t...

June 13, 2018

As we get closer to summer, the more delicate flowers of spring are starting to fade and disappear.  Before we fully embrace the lovely profusion of roses and daisies, we’d like to take a brief look at the lovely sweet pea.

Called “pulses” by Gerard in his Herbal of 159...

May 30, 2018

Presented by the Bay Area Sampler Guild, we are excited to announce our upcoming lecture based on our research at the National Headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC as well as our Accessing Collections Lecture. 

The DAR is has an ex...

May 8, 2018

We are happy to announce an upcoming class this Thursday, May 12th in Walnut Creek.  Relics in Situ will be teaching the delicate and lovely Shadow Work technique. 

Shadow work originates from India and is now popularly used in baby layettes, table linens, and eccl...

Written for the Jane Austen Society of India

“As soon as all had ate, and the elder ones paid, the carriage was ordered; and after some contrivance, the whole party, with all their boxes, work-bags, and parcels, and the unwelcome addition of Kitty's and Lydia's purchase...

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