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John Dyson the jeweler’s created Time Ball Buildings in Briggate, Leeds in around 1865 with its clock and facade that now seems to be under threat. Leeds other famous clock monument is in Thornton’s arcade opened in 1877 by Charles Thornton, a Music Hall owner. The arcade is best known for its clock which features animated characters from Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. Robin Hood and Gurth the Swineherd strike the quarter hours, Friar Tuck and Richard the Lionheart strike the hours.

Clock making has a long tradition in Yorkshire and Hull’s Wilberforce House Museum’s permanent exhibition explores Hull and East Yorkshire’s clock making trade from the 18th and 19th centuries. It including 14 longcase clocks from Hull, Beverley, Bridlington and Patrington. Many of these clocks are in full working order and have distinctive brass and painted dials .

In the 18th century many dales villages had their own clock maker. A Concise Guide to the Clockmakers of Northallerton and their Clocks, by David F. Severs lists 55 known clock makers from Northallerton. R. Bradberry of Leyburn, James Bothroyd and his son Richard, of Reeth were other dales village clock makers.

John Stancliffe of Barkisland were active in the 1730’s. The Snow family were making clocks just north of Harrogate. Samuel Fletcher in Dewsbury around 1790, John Hall of Grimsby and John Bancroft of Scarborough were clock making around the turn of the 19th century. Yorkshire clocks made after 1800 became wider, taller and more imposing, often with fine elaborate veneers to give them a majestic look. Pearson of Halifax used a trademark exotic birds to the centre of painted dials.

More Information Sources

Every hobby and pastime has it’s own data source and the bible for the clock collector is a book called ‘Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World’, by G. H. Baillie, with volume 2 by Brian Loomes. These two volumes cover almost 100,000 known makers from the English-speaking world . For those wanting to follow the interesting hobby of clock collecting the magazine of choice is Clocks Magazine. You may also be interested in the Antiquarian Horological Society web site

A book by local expert Dr David Firth ‘An Exhibition Of Yorkshire Grandfather Clocks – Yorkshire Longcase Clocks And Their Makers from 1720 to 1860’ is available from amazon by clicking on the picture below

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Quilts Museum and Gallery for Quilters

Sadly now closed York was the UK home for the Quilters Guild and their museum. There is always a good selection of varied quilts on display in the gallery. When you visit my experience is that there will be quilters and staff available to discuss all aspects of the art of making quilts. The Quilters’ Guild has a unique collection of over 700 antique and contemporary quilts and augment this with regular quilt exhibitions.

Based in St Anthony’s Hall, one of the medieval guild halls in York, you will find the environment is peaceful. The old building St Cuthberts Church and an art gallery are tucked away under the protection of York’s wall on Peasholme Green.

Quilters Guild
‘In 1990 The Guild embarked on the `British Heritage Quilt Project` to document items of patchwork and quilting dated prior to 1960, resulting in the publication of `Quilt Treasures` in 1995. In June 2001 we opened a small Resource Centre in our previous offices in Dean Clough, Halifax and this provided a stepping stone to our current home in York which opened just seven years later in June 2008’

Quilt Museum and Gallery – St Anthony’s Hall, York is the national headquarters of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and its extensive collection of quilts and quilt related artefacts.
The Quilt Museum and Gallery is Britain’s only museum dedicated exclusively to quilting and textile arts based in historic St Anthony’s Hall, York. The hall was originally built as the headquarters of a religious guild in the 15th century, and has had a colourful past – as a workhouse for the poor, a hospital, prison, and a school and archive. The beautiful medieval spaces have been restored and adapted to accommodate the Museum and its wide range of displays and activities. It is not cheap to visit but members of the guild get special deals and there are regular exhibitions. The current exhibition is ironically called ‘The Celtic Fringe’ (I wondered when the Fringe would come to York).

For a full and fascinating review of the exhibition by a British Quilt History List member who has visited the exhibition, read more on Textile Hunter blog
Triangle Tilt Quilt - For The Love of Solids Swap - Round Two
Not all quilts are rectangular ‘Triangle Tilt Quilt – For The Love of Solids Swap – Round Two by Sarah @ pingsandneedles CC BY-SA 2.0’ proves that ‘Turquoise linen, klona & kona solids, perle embroidery thread …. foundation paper pieced from own pattern.’

Quilt Styles Old and New

Quilts made of a solid piece of fabric as the top layer are referred to as Whole Cloth Quilts. The three layers of top, batting and backing were quilted together, and the quilting itself became the decoration.
Trapunto is the technique of slipping extra stuffing into certain areas of a quilt to bring out the quilting in that area.
Broderie perse refers to the applique of cut out motifs from printed fabric onto a solid background. This form of quilt making has been done since the 18th century.
Medallion quilts are made around a center. The central area is surrounded by two or more borders. Although some borders were solid, many were pieced or appliqued.
The latter years of the nineteenth century the best know quilt style was the Crazy Quilt made of abstract shapes sewn together.
To promote excellence in the art and status of quilt making and, through education, to extend knowledge and understanding of its heritage.
Quick scrappy quilts are usually made from many different bits of fabric or leftovers.
Nine patch is based on a pattern of square block designs three units by three.
Log Cabin patterns have a narrow strips around a central square often sown on to a foundation cloth of paper or fabric.
Four patch is a block 4 by 4 or multiples of 4 in rows

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Pam Linott was also the author of The Quilt Room: Patchwork and Quilting Workshops.

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Scrap Quilts offers lots of ideas and tips for both experienced and beginner quilters.

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Quilt Romance is the 11th book by Kaffe Fasset who settled in England in 1964. He has exhibited at the V&A museum in London and is highly regarded for his knitting, patchwork and needlepoint books.
Click on book covers to purchase them from Amazon.

Other Sites of Interest for Quilters

Quilting at the Victoria and Albert museum has its own blog with good photographs.
Quaker Tapestry museum Kendal
Rag Rugs and Ragging in Yorkshire
If you are looking for other craft hobbies why not try making your own soap. There are some ideas on ‘Craft Your Own Homemade Soap’.
Quilt history an American site where quilting is very popular.
Quilting Magazine
Knitting for Yorkshire.

Art Deco Book Collecting

Art Deco is back in vogue with new twists or as collectables and memorabilia. Art deco was a design and art style from 1910’s until the 1930s taking over from Art Nouveau. As well as all the visual arts, it encompassed buildings and architecture plus interior design. Some iconic buildings still stand out like Odeon Cinemas the Chrysler Building in New York and the Midland Hotel Morecambe.

Art Deco is eminently collectible in may forms, including books and magazines from the period and a bit of know-how from the following books may help you to make sound investments whilst owning a piece of Art Deco. Normally I would recommend you shop at Redbrick Mill in Batley or the Antique galleries in Harrogate but I am sure you will find your own favourite supplier.

Book CoverArt Deco Architecture: Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties by Patricia Bayer

Book CoverArt Deco Interiors: Decoration and Design Classics of the 1920s and 1930s by Patricia Bayer
By the time of the Paris exhibition of 1925 from which Art Deco took its name, the idea that an interior and its furnishings should form a complete design – a “total look” – dominated the thinking of both designers and their clients

Book CoverArt Deco Ceramics: in Britain by Andrew Casey Distinctive designers Charlotte Rhead, Clarise Cliff and Susie Cooper three great British potters.
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Winter Photography in Wharfedale

Snow Business

Otley Camera Club were not involved with this photograph of their local golf course but they have a very active Otley and District Photographic Society and web site Regular meetings take place at Prince Henry’s and the main event is the annual exhibition that will be held in the Courthouse, Otley.

Photography is a hobby that is available to virtually anyone and has a wide following. Below are a few comments and tips on photography in the snow but rather than read about it try it for yourself. Digital, slide or print film the winter issues are similar.

Snowy landscapes are among the trickiest situations to photograph with digital cameras. The exposure and white balance settings can easily be fooled by the bright lighting conditions.

Whether the sky is overcast or the sun is shining, special care must be taken to avoid messing up the colours completely. The very bright snow acts as a second light source by reflecting sunlight shining on the ground. Some cameras offer a Snow or Winter setting, and this feature can be very helpful. It usually corrects the Auto white balance calculation of the camera and lowers the exposure value to avoid over-exposing the image.

The Snow mode is usually efficient and delivers more than acceptable results. However, it is not perfect, and not always available depending on the brand and model digital camera. Moreover, using this mode usually means the photographer loses control over aperture and shutter speed, limiting creativity. Luckily, there are ways to take beautiful snow pictures even without the help of a preset scene mode.

If the day is cloudy as often happens in winter, the white balance is easy to set. The Cloudy setting generally available on most cameras works well in this situation and produces accurate colours.

The exposure often needs correction, however, and lowering the EV compensation by -0.7 or -1 is a good rule of thumb. To be on the safe side, using Center-weighted or even Spot metering is a good way to reduce the risks over-exposing your images, as long as the center of the frame is bright.’ According to our friends at Digicam


Tips for Photographing in snow.

1. When snow is falling, use a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of the snowflakes. This is more efficient if there is a light source in your image.
2. Use the flash to fix the movement of the snowflakes. This will improve images that could otherwise look dull or blurred. Flash also lights up dark areas.
3. If you have access to a strobe lamp, use it with a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of the snowflakes in sequence and create very interesting effects.
4. Shoot during the Golden Hours, when the sun is low on the horizon, to capture the texture and shape of the snow on what would otherwise look like a uniform field of white.
5. A trick for good composition is to include a single coloured subject in an otherwise monochrome snow landscape. This can produce very effective results.
6. Avoid shooting in sepia or black-and-white as it is easy, with these settings, to loose what little contrast your image has.
7. Remember to protect your camera from the cold.
8. Winter’s spare landscapes make great subjects, especially when punctuated with contrasting shapes, such as trees, buildings, animals, or equipment.
9. Contrast strong color against white snow for a striking image.
10. Create close-ups or capture winter’s patterns, textures, and colours.

Some of the above tips were provided by Hewlett Packard the producers of printers and scanners