The term Gansey and Guernsey are interchangeable as far as describing a knitted woollen sweaters, often worn by fishermen, goes. The Guernsey originates from the Channel Island of the same name. However, the origin of the Gansey is from coastal Britain with distinct designs from Scotland,
It’s quite easy to spot an Aran jumper, less easy to define what makes an Aran unique.
Sanquhar is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland with a population today or around 2,100 inhabitants. It is famous for its 15th Century castle and old post office. As the nearby coastal towns developed it allowed Sanquhar to have access to trading markets and by the 18th century a wool market had been established …
Continuing from our last post: But there was, and still is to some extent, one thing missing: scale. Though dolls for the doll’s house are generally to scale they are not identical. As humans vary in shape and size, within limits, so do dolls for the doll’s house.
At Buttercup Miniatures we specialise in 1:12th (one-inch) scale and 1:24th (half-inch) scale – knitting & crochet patterns, yarn, needles, hooks, kits & accessories from Tudor times to the present day. As such we do not supply ‘toys’ for doll’s houses, but scale miniatures of true to life items. It is for this reason you …
The first Doll’s Houses seen in Europe were from the early 16th century. These were owned by wealthy families who had miniatures of their own homes made as a representation of their home rather than as a play thing or hobby. Albert the Wise (1447-1508), Duke of Bavaria, commissioned a miniature replica of his own …
Lavender is an aromatic blue/purple flowering plant that is a member of the mint family. It is widely cultivated across Europe
The bonnet is a generic term used to describe a type of headwear. With origins in the Middle Ages it is often, but not exclusively, associated with female headgear. The male bonnet is particularly associated with Scottish soldiers where the term remains, whereas in England the word cap is more often used. The word
The globally recognised game of football with it’s billions of revenue has very humble beginnings. The game itself has been played in one form or another
The preserving of food has, over the years, taken on many guises. Amongst the more common methods are drying, salting, smoking, pickling