Thursday, 28 February 2013

Random thoughts and winners

Last weekend was very much sport focused in our family, but as an antidote to all that heaving and grunting (and that was only the spectators!) my son's girlfriend and I took ourselves off to savour winning of a different kind.

Oscar winners and Academy Award winning Costume Designers to be precise. Bizarrely the local Woodhorn Colliery museum is currently hosting an exhibition of Academy Award winning UK costume designers, so with the Oscar ceremonies then still to be held, we braved the blizzards to feast our eyes upon some fabulous costumes.

And feast we did.

Woodhorn Colliery Hamlet Costume
First up Laurence Olivier's costume for the 1948 film of Hamlet. Random facts - Laurence Olivier won Best Actor, the film itself won Best Film and the costume designer, Roger K. Furse won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Check out the quilting on those sleeves!

Another winner was Michael O'Conner the costume designer for the film "The Duchess" starring Keira Knightley.

Costume from the Duchess

There were several costumes on show from this film and they were all wonderful.

In all the exhibition had over 40 costumes on display from films as diverse as "The King's Speech" and "Gladiator". We had a great time and it was the ideal preparation for the Sports Fest that was to come.

Curved Seams Challenge Homepage

I have just discovered that the voting has been finalised in Rikka's Curved Seams Challenge and I have been awarded the Silver Badge! The Gold deservedly goes to Pam's gorgeous Curved Seams dress, which I voted for myself! Rikka's next challenge is to get us dusting off those strange feet that came with the sewing machine and have yet to see the light of day, so if you fancy joining in check out the challenge here.

Finally, tomorrow all will be revealed on this recent sneak peek

So don't forget to check back then!

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  1. Congratulations Fiona! I love your runner!

  2. Well done - it's beautiful and your prize is well deserved!

  3. Those costumes are a real treat - although what are they doing at a colliery museum?! Would love to see them up close - I expect the handwork on them is impeccable. Well done on your prize! x

  4. What fabulous fun to see all those costumes! And congratulations on your win. Really beautiful.

  5. Oh the costume display sounds much more interesting than sport! hehe!

    Well done on your win!!

  6. I'd definitely choose the costume display over sport!!! Congrats and thanks!

  7. But of course, what else would you find at a colliery museum ;o)

  8. That costume display looks amazing! And congrats on winning the silver badge :)


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