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Yvette
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« on: May 22, 2005, 03:31:31 PM »

Have recently got myself a copy of a wonderful new book "Gay Eaton's Ukrainian Whitework". Gay is a New Zealander, who has previously written a book on Wessex stitchery.

This book presents Ukrainian whitework, including merezhka (and she spells it the same way as me!!  Cheesy )

She's done a great job and the projects are beautiful. My only comment was that though its on whitework, she's used an awful lot of colour...  :?

If you're interested in the book, let me know, and I'll see what I can do about finding out where you can get hold of a copy. Its only been here in Australia for about a week.

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vette Stanton
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2005, 11:40:03 AM »

You already know I'm interested.  I'm also interested in the O'Neil book.  What is the title, the full author's name, and is it available?
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2005, 03:38:47 PM »

"Gay Eaton's Ukrainian Whitework"
Gay Eaton
ISBN: 0-476-01493-X

I got a reply from Gay about where it can be gotten from in the US: umm.... nowhere... yet! She has approached 3 distributors and they are interested but are not going to stock it yet. She suggested that if people ask for it and create a demand, then they might choose to stock it. Sort of makes *you* do the legwork...

For what its worth they are: Ruth Kern Books, Access Commodities and  Lacis.

Otherwise, I can get it here and post it to you. Its not cheap though $AU60 + postage... I can put it on my website so that it can be paid for by Paypal/credit card. Let me know if this interests you.

"Ukrainian Embroidery Techniques"
Tania D O'Neill
Mountaintop, Pa., U.S.A. : STO Publications, c1984

Its out of print. You can get it through Ebay occasionally, or John got his by registering interest for a second-hand copy on Amazon Marketplace. Also pricey because it is very sought after.

HTH,
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2005, 03:55:01 PM »

Hi Dianne; When I designed and taught a Ukrainian Whitework course I had to look everywhere for Tania's book. I was finally able to track one down from the U. of Alberta in Edmonton. It was a very long process. Only 3 University Libraries in Canada had ever had one. They knew what I wanted, but had no idea as to where I could buy one-- except for the U.of Alberta.                                                      Rena
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2006, 02:54:16 PM »

If you are still looking for Gay Eaton's book on Ukranian Whitework, Nordic Needle has it in their internet catalogue.  Code is 155-001-5383 .
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2006, 07:35:12 AM »

I purchased Gay Eaton's Ukrainian Whitework from Nordic Needle and have been working samples of her patterns. Have not settled on a single project so I am making a Sampler for now. The stitches she uses are the same as hardanger, darning and other embroideries but the manner in which they are presented is typically Ukrainian and different from other nationalities. We are truly sisters tied together with threads, no matter our ancestry, we are using the same methods to express ourselves. The book cost over $50 but I feel I know Gay Eaton now and have learned something about Ukraine and the women and their lives. I appreciated the personal stories of the people; she named the patterns after them.  Carol
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2006, 06:21:08 AM »

I am making a sampler of the whitework patterns and then decided to try doing the myreschka, I found Gay Eaton's directions puzzling. Then I remembered a Burda book on hardanger that had this needlework in it. Searched my file and found it, it is Burda Special Home Decorating for Stylish Living E 681. It was still available from Nordic Needle at half price.
  The directions are much easier to follow but still require some basic knowledge of stitchery. I taught myself how to do it and took it along to our EGA meeting and next month will show the others how. Really quite simple to do and there are a half dozen patterns or more in the Burda magazine, each one done on a different size linen. Got some hints from Phyllis Maurer at ethnicfibercarts.com too.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2006, 10:14:48 PM »

Hi Carol,

Well what do you know, I haven't had time to visit the forum in ages, but when I do, it turns out that there has been some recent discussion of things that interest me too! I should drop by more often!

Just a note on Burda "myreschka" - it is a simplified version of the traditional way of working merezhka. Anna, Burda, Elkes Ideen and possibly other magazines present ways of making this style of embroidery that are not quite true to the traditional ways.

The only English language book that I know of that has the full instructions is "Ukrainian Embroidery Techniques" by Tania D O'Neill. It is out of print and near impossible to obtain, but you might get lucky and find it at your local guild library?! :-) It is a wonderful book!

I'm currently working on full step-by-step instructions with both line diagrams and photographs. Unfortunately they're not available yet though, and you probably won't want to wait until the end of the year!

Enjoy your merezhka!

With best wishes,

Yvette Stanton
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Specialising in Hardanger, Mountmellick and Merezhka embroidery
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2006, 06:57:44 AM »

I was so happy to get your reply this morning. This web site is bringing us all together sharing our love of needlework. I have Gay Eaton's book but found her diagrams puzzling and remembered the Burda one so I dug it out and between them, figured out how to stitch myreschka. I took a piece I am making to our EGA meeting and I will be showing them how to do it in a couple weeks. I had a response from Rena Holma in Canada and contacted her and she is sharing some of her knowledge of myreschka and nyzynka and now you will have some too. Let me know when it is available. Peta McMIllan in New Zealand wants some too and I will tell her you are working on this, you two aren't far apart. I bought a kit on nyzynka from Phyliss Maurer in LIncoln Nebraska and am trying that out too. I wish I had heard of all these techniques 30 years ago, I could have been doing this a longer time. I think hardanger is still my favorite though. Anything but housework.
I am still making montmellic doilies too with the instructions I got from you.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2006, 03:39:30 PM »

Hi Carol,

I wrote you a reply yesterday, but for some reason the board's database could not be accessed and it wouldn't upload...

I will let you know when the instructions are ready. It is very amazing to see how many people around the world are interested in this beautiful but very obscure form of embroidery.

Glad you're still enjoying the Mountmellick, and yes, Harddanger remains my very favourite too!

If you have any questions about merezhka that I might be able to answer, please just ask.

Yvette
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2006, 07:21:59 PM »

Yvette, thank you for replying to my request for more information about myreschka. I finished my doily and learned by my mistakes. Next time I will count the threads so I get a multiple of 4 on every row even if I have to count a couple hundred or so, it would have been simpler when it came to making bundles. Some things we have to learn the hard way but for my first piece, only I will know what I could have done better.
I will be waiting for your book on myreschka. I have seen drawn thread work done by weaving in and out of the threads but it wasn't called myreschka. I suppose in other countries the same method has been used to draw and assemble threads. The act itself is universal in any language.
Ukrainian needlework is a sight to behold and I love tolearn new things. I am doing a piece of nyznka from a kit by Phyllis Maurer of Lincoln Nebraska. Her web site is www.ethnicfiberarts.com. Can't leave it alone and I find I can manage the fine work better in daylight, which is a bad thing, I should be doing housework. I hope our talking about learning new techniques will create an interest in this art form.
Carol
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2006, 08:54:51 PM »

Hi Carol,

I just remembered one of the things that I put in my original reply - the one that wouldn't upload.

Next month I'll be visiting the Ukrainian museum in New York, and spending some time with the textile curator there. She is generous lady who is very willing to share her knowledge. We're also going to the museum and library in Stamford CT where she is also curator. I'm really looking forward to it!

Yvette
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2006, 06:44:24 AM »

While you are in the East in New York and Connecticut, perhaps you would find time for a side trip to Manor College in Jenkintown Pennsylvania. It is near Philadelphia and is a two year  college where they are teaching the culture and crafts of Ukraine. I just sent for their book on Nyz. The lady I had contact with is Chrystyna Prokopovych, her phone number is 215.885.2360 ext 293 and the address of the school is 700 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown PA 19046. Check out their web site if you have not already done so for more information. Phyllis Maurer said their book is a sight to behold.
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2006, 03:35:24 PM »

Wow, thanks Carol. But where am I going to find the time?! ;-)

Resources like this are always good to know of, even if I can't fit them in to our holiday!

Many thanks!

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