Unusual Taxidermic Needlepoint with Scottish Naturalist Eliza Brightwen

Eliza Brightwen - Scottish naturalist

“The bones were cleaned, boiled, and dried. They were used as the wings for embroidered insects or leaves for flowers.” February 19, 1974 On this day, The Journal Herald out of Dayton, Ohio, published a little snippet about the naturalist Eliza Brightwen and her unusual needlepoint methods: If you are tired of the same crewel and needlepoint…

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February 19, 2021 A Wild Spring Plant Display, The Orchid Thief, Charles Swingle, Growing Algerian Iris, Embroidered Ground by Page Dickey, and Strange Embroidery with Botanist Eliza Brightwen

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Today we look back at the story that inspired the book The Orchid Thief. We’ll also learn about the incredible true story of a Madagascar explorer. We hear words about the incredible Algerian Iris. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a memoir from a garden who pulls back the row cover on the remarkable story…

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