Friday, September 19, 2008

Bellpulls

Gee, I kinda thought I had ALL the information about crafts and sewing but I found something totally new to me. The first pattern is called Fleur De Lys and it's quite popular.

I did some checking on the Internet about bell pulls. Since I wasn't having a great time finishing the one I'm working on.....I figured I'd do some research before giving up on it, interesting history. Starting in the Victorian Era, the wealthy used bell pulls to call from their living quarters to their servants, soon the Master would be sipping tea.
The first bell pulls were constructed as a tapestry, woven, and had many different designs from many different cultures, mine has a Celtic-like pattern.

Early 1900 linen became scarce and a search for a alternative material produced Cotton Sultan, also known a Hardanger Canvas. Hardanger is a technique whereas the weft(across) threads are pulled out and the warp(up and down) threads are hand tied in repeating designs leaving open squares at the ends of a tablecloth, runner or bread covers. Hardanger is usually white on white, pillow cases, spreads and wedding gowns.
Whhelllll, I knew what Hardanger is but I didn't know my bell pull was Hardanger Canvas!

Immigrants from Norwegian developed use of many other fabric and materials, the bell pull expanded into a greater creativity. Many Norwegian pulls don the walls of great museums.



In later times, we could find brass knobs wired through our neighbors door, it would lead to a bell pull and ultimately to a chime.


Most bell pulls are made with brass hangers and a tassel.

It is ideal to decorate a slim space in the home, next to door, window or on a pillar.


I suspect I may have to make a bell pull and forget about including it in my cloths capes, just cause....


it's not the same fabric that is. C&G Design

16 comments:

tina said...

That is very interesting about the Hardanger Canvas. So many types of materials and so many things to learn. I love the butterfly bell pull.

Dawn said...

No wonder it's hard to stitch

Skeeter said...

My favorite would be the butterflies... Not sure if I have a bell pull or not but I have a tapestry with a tassel at the end. I have it hanging in the sunroom and Sheba is forever trying to get to the tassel. That little stinker. lol

I will me out of computer reach for the next two days. Beach and shrimp are calling our names...

Dawn said...

Have funn Skeeter, summer is gone on Monday.

tina said...

Did you have a killing frost last night?

tina said...

I haven't tried to post to blogger this morning, but sometimes it needs a break. They are always working on it. Sometimes also it might be your connection or browser. I use Mozilla Firefox. NO problems since I switched. I think Skeeter uses a different one too.

Dawn said...

Yep, at 8am it was 31 in the next town over. My giant hosta got it. Some places got in the 20's, colder here than mom's but opposite for the daytime hours, colder at her's than here. Only going to get to the 58 to 62 degree. Wearing sweaters now.

Jean said...

Interesting and they are all pretty but I would like one that is functional with a functional maid listening for the ring!!!

Skeeter have a great time and I love shrimp.

Glad Gene is home Dawn but what happened to the Babe? Was looking forward to seeing you guys and had 2 big garbage bags I wanted you to go over before it goes to Goodwill. Lots of tupperware, mostly the big cake holders and pie holders. Guess I'll have to hang onto them a while longer but am trying to make room for things that are coming in from the trailer.

Jean said...

No frost here but it did go down in the high 40's and right now it is 78. What a spread.

Dawn said...

I don't know about those things, but I figured it out. Disk clean-up yesterday, but when I tried to post, I had a empty image slot and apparantly it messed saving, up. It could not find the image. Blogger help said ftp publishing is having posting problem but it suggested to clean cookies and caches, so I did it again. Worked. Do I have ftp publishing?

tina said...

No, you do not publish through an FTP. This is a third party website. You are straight blogger.

Dawn said...

He either took a bad hit on Monday (that's when he complained) or because he told the nurse. "I don't know" She is concerned it was repeat hits. The headminders would fail half the team at this point, School starting and longer days with neverending practice has made them typical teenagers. We think he took a bad hit. He had awesome preformance til he messed up 3 snaps in a row and has gone to bed at 7:30 every night since. He said when he gets in the 3 point stance he head aches. Hard to tell because he's at the age where that's going to be the norm. Headminders are a policy to prevent playing because playing with a bad hit over and over causes early memory loss...least that's what they tell us this program is from. ALL sports do it.
He is annoyed with himself because he was in the def (definate) list for playing on Sat. He started noticing things last night. I moved pictures and furniture around. But! Again, how much is it teen, he has been non-specfic with everyone and it's made it worst so we talked and told him to be serious esp if he wants to continue with working he behind off. He saw the trainer yesterday morning and she wanted him to recite....by 7's, backwards from 100!?! That would be hard for me! Esp quickly. He takes another headminder on tues., hopefully he will be able to play in the homecoming game.
Anyway, I've written a book, I have a post on it coming up, sometime.
Ho, ho, I'M CLEANING MY CAMPER! I have enough right now! lol

Dawn said...

On the lighter side....I just heard from MSB, Madame is a soldier. Mom, do you want to go?

Jean said...

Good going for Madame. When and where is it and how much does it cost and do they have handicap seating...ie...whellchair accomadation?

Dawn said...

I haven't got the schedule yet and I don't know about the tickets, she maybe in more than one show. I'm sure they have handicap seating, I don't even know the location yet. Let you know.

lola said...

Awesome info on bell pulls. I didn't know about any of it. Duh, on my part. All are pretty.