Library and recommended books
The library is in the process of being re-organized and expanded. It will be reopened to the general public again in January 2014. Please note that the books in the library are for use at the TRC, so we cannot lend them out.
TRC recent acquisitions and recommended books
There are many books on textiles, clothing and accessories and related subjects now available, and we are often asked to recommend books for students, academics and the general public. So the TRC is now starting a webpage about recent acquisitions to the our library that we feel will be of interest to 'textile' people. Some of these books are of general interest, others intended for specialists. Not all books are new to the market, but they form an important part of the TRC's ever expanding library. The books discussed below are arranged alphabetically by title.
TRC Newsletter Winter 2013- 2014
The TRC Newsletter Winter 2013-2014 has just been published and will be sent in both Dutch and English to all our friends and other interested contacts. The English version can be downloaded here. The TRC Winter 2013-2014 Newsletter contains information about the Christmas Financial Appeal; the Taiwan textiles programme of last November; the TRC library; contacts with Cairo, etc.
Open day, Saturday 21 December
Normally the TRC is only open to visitors from Monday to Thursday, but of course many people simply do not have the opportunity to visit the TRC Gallery on weekdays, so we will open our doors on Saturday, 21 December, between 10.00 and 16.00 hrs. This will give many of you the chance to see the embroidery exhibition, talk with some of the TRC staff, pass through the TRC shop, etc. Entrance is free, but voluntary donations are welcome. We are looking forward to meeting you.
Three-day TRC course: Basic Middle Eastern and Central Asian embroidery techniques and identification. 20-22 June 2014
Most people have heard of embroidery, especially cross stitch samplers. However, the history of embroidery is much longer and more complex than the cross stitch. For the purpose of this course embroidery is defined as the art of decorating a piece of cloth, whereby a needle and thread are an essential, but not necessarily the only elements used to create a design or pattern. This means that stitching and other techniques, such as appliqué and patchwork, also come under the umbrella term of embroidery.
The course, given in English, will look at the general history of embroidery and embroidery techniques with an emphasis on Middle Eastern and Central Asian forms. The TRC’s extensive collection of embroidery will be used to illustrate the various forms discussed. Stereoscopic microscopes will be available for the participants to use for the identification of embroidery techniques during the period of the course. Each day will include practical elements to illustrate the various points discussed.
Participants are encouraged to bring examples of embroidery with them for identification and discussion purposes. Fees for the full three day course are 350 euros. Maximum number of participants is eight, and to date five places have already been reserved.
TRC EXHIBITION: WHAT IS EMBROIDERY? UNTIL 30 JANUARY 2014
The current TRC exhibition focusses on the ancient craft of embroidery. The term embroidery is being used in its broadest ‘umbrella’ sense. The exhibition includes (among others) historical and modern examples of free style and counted thread forms, as well as appliqué, couching, drawn and pulled thread work, patchwork, quilting and smocking.
The first part of the exhibition is used to show technical details such as equipment, thread, ground cloths, and means of transferring a design. The second section uses examples of embroidery from the TRC’s extensive collection, and presents a wide range of forms and uses of this decorative technique from around the world. Truly a source of information and inspiration !
The third section is about a young lady called Henriëtte Braunstahl from Den Haag (1885-1983), who was presented 1904 with a diploma from the Industrieschool voor Meisjes (‘s-Gravenhage) as a handwork teacher. The TRC was given her collection of exercise books, water colour albums, photographs, as well as samples of her work, by Henriëtte Braunstahl’s family a few years ago. The TRC embroidery exhibition is seen as the moment to show the embroidery skills of a girl from over 100 years ago and to illustrate the teaching methods of the time.
If you don’t know what all these embroidery terms, such as appliqué, couching, drawn and pulled thread work, patchwork, quilting and smocking, mean exactly, then come and have a look. If you do, then there will be many items on display that will surely inspire you to explore further the amazing world of embroidery!
Intensive Textile Course, 17-21 March 2014
Between Monday 17 and Friday 21 of March, 2014, the TRC organises, for the eighth time, its very popular five-day intensive course about textiles and all that goes with them. The course, which is being given in English, looks at the processes of making a piece of cloth, from the raw fibres to the end product. The participants will learn about the theory and practice of fibre identification, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and decorative techniques including printing and embroidery. The course is practically orientated and the students are encouraged to try out the wide range of techniques that are being discussed. This means that they will use microscopes and staining techniques for fibre identification. They are introduced, and asked to use, a wide variety of hand spindles and spinning wheels. They also apply natural dye stuffs and mordants to produce dozens of different colours. Students may bring pieces of textiles that they would like to discuss during the course. An extensive report on the course was written by Dr. Paula Hohti (University of Copenhagen), who attended the course in May 2013. Another report is by Alice Dolan, University of Hertfortshire, who attended the course in May 2012 together with Professor John Styles. For more information about the Intensive Course, with the course programme, click here.
This five-day course has in the past already attracted students from around the world. The course is given by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (PhD Manchester, UK), director TRC. The fees for a full week of tuition are 500 euros. The group of students is always limited to eight people, in order to ensure the greatest benefits to the participants. For the March 2014 course, there are still two places available. The course will be repeated from 12 to 16 May 2014 and from 13-17 October 2014. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you want to join.
Gifts to the TRC tax deductible up to 125%
For Dutch tax payers, donations to the TRC can by highly advantageous. The TRC is an officially recognised ANBI organisation (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling), and within that structure the TRC is also recognised as a Culturele Instelling ("Cultural organisation"). Financial gifts are therefore tax deductible, up to 125% for individuals, and 150% for companies. Please click here for more information. Gifts can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59, "Stichting Textile Research Centre"
TRC welcomes groups of visitors who want to visit the current exhibition, listen to a lecture, or attend a tailor-made workshop on spinning, weaving, dying, or trying on ancient Egyptian clothing replicas, and so forth. Or simply would you like to come together in a congenial environment? Please contact the TRC. We will be happy to organise a wonderful programme, during the week, in the evenings, or even during the weekend, set up especially for your group or company. In this way you can give any excursion or festivity some extra cachet.
The Textile Research Centre wants to stimulate people to discover the World of Dress at home. The TRC therefore is gradually expanding its shop and its range of products. You can buy new and secondhand books on textiles and dress, including Dutch regional dress, but also on the history of fashion, and 'how-to-do' subjects. The shop has craft items from all over the world, in particular handmade jewellery. There are woven Syrian sheep bands, knitted objects from Peru, embroidered Turkish lavender bags with oya decoration, gaudily decorated caps from Afghanistan, and many other beautiful and interesting objects. We also sell a wide range of picture postcards of textiles and costume.
The shop also sells collection care items, including acid free paper and boxes for storing your delicate textiles and articles of dress, rolls for more compact storage of long textile items, heads and wigs for display purposes, etc. The TRC sells a range of tools, materials and threads for spinning, crochet, embroidery, hairpin lace production, and silk cocoons for making silk paper.
A new line in this assortment is a wide range of beads for making or restoring Dutch regional dress items, including imitation garnets, blood coral and jet, plus all sorts of metal and glass seed beads for embroidery. You can find all these items in the TRC shop for very reasonable prices. You are very welcome to visit the TRC shop at our premises along the Hogewoerd, but you can also visit the shop at home, via our website. It is very easy to order books or other objects digitally. Click at "Shop". We hope you will enjoy it.
To see the range of articles that are for sale in the TRC shop, and/or place your order digitally, go the the SHOP heading at the top of this page.
TRC in a nutshell
Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428 firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment.
Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59
Exhibition from 5 September until 30 January 2014: What is Embroidery? Entrance is free, but donations are welcome !nnnnnnnnWorkshop on preparing fibres before the spinning process. WWnnn
JanuaryFebruaryEvery WedEvery Wednesday and Thursday, from 14.00-15.30 hrs: guided tour of the Embroidery exhibition. Fees: 7.50 euros. Advance registration not necessary.
On Saturday, 21 December, the TRC will be open to visitors from 10.00 - 16.00 hrs.
The TRC is closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23 December. The TRC will open again on Monday 6th January.
- Newsletter Winter 2013-2014
- Newsletter Autumn 2013
- Newsletter Summer 2013
- Newsletter Spring 2013
- TRC Update winter 2013
- Annual Report 2012
- Newsletter Summer 2012
- Newsletter Spring 2012
- Annual Report 2011
- Special Newsletter November 2011
- Newsletter August-December 2011
- Annual Report 2010
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