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The Southern Counties Costume Society (SCCS) was formed in 1993 to bring together people interested in all aspects of textiles, clothing construction, accessories and ornamentation across the centuries.  Membership is widespread and activities are held throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex, Surrey and London.

Events include lectures, study days, visits to museums, stately homes and private collections.  These are held variously during the week, at weekends and in the evening.  The exchange of ideas and knowledge is always an enjoyable part of these events.

Period and vintage dress, theatrical costumes, ethnic clothing, button making, re-enactment costumes, conservation and care of textiles, war-time austerity and haute couture have all featured in the Society’s programmes. Email updates on events and exhibitions are circulated on a regular basis.

Members receive three newsletters each year compiled from their contributions.  These  include articles and information about visits, events, exhibitions, useful websites and suppliers.

Whilst our interests are serious the Society is friendly and fun.  New members are welcomed at any time throughout the year.


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Happy World Embroidery Day 🧵 The first World Embroidery Day took place in Sweden. In 2011, a local group belonging to Sweden’s Embroidery Guild took the initiative to organise a special day to celebrate Embroidery and it is now celebrated each year on 30th July. 🧵🧵🧵
Don't know your counted thread from your freestyle? Not heard of bargello? Get up to speed with the illustrated guide from the Victoria and Albert museum London

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/embroidery-styles-an-illustrated-guide

Left to right: Pair of shoes with bargello embroidery, maker unknown, 1730 – 40, England. Museum no. T.64&A-1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Chair seat with bargello embroidery (detail), maker unknown, 1700 – 50, England. Museum no. T.178-1925. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London #worldembroideryday #embroidery #embroideryart #historyofdress #threads #stitchthroughtime #relax #colourpop #fashioninspo #fashionhistory #textiles #embrioderylove #fashionthroughthedecades
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We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our next SCCS online talk "Chintz: Cotton in Bloom" at 7pm on Wednesday 28th July!
Gill Cochrane, Collections and Touring Exhibitions Officer at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London will be taking us on a tour "behind the seams" of their latest costume exhibition "Chintz: Cotton in Bloom".
Discover how sumptuous hand-printed cotton cloth was originally produced in India and why it came to prominence in European society in the 18th century, particularly in the Netherlands where the collection in this exhibition originates. Uncover some of the secrets hidden within several pieces on display and explore how chintz was used – and re-used - in garment construction in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Explore some of the most beautiful fabrics and well-constructed garments of the period. 🌸🌸🌸
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Tickets cost £5 for SCCS members and £8 for non members. Ticket sales will close at 4pm on 28th July. Eventbrite link to book your ticket:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/behind-the-seams-of-chintz-cotton-in-bloom-tickets-162564878929
For more information on membership head to our website link in bio #chintz #cottoninbloom #historictextiles #textiles #fashionhistory #historyofdress #museumsfromhome #onlineevent #handprinted #garmentconstruction #vintage #indianfabric #gillcochrane #fashionandtextilesforever
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A big thank you to @alliumthreads for the fantastically informative and interesting @southerncountiescostumesociety online talk last night "A dip into natural dyeing" we learnt so much! Something I took away was the importance of scouring your fabric - A simple old fashioned process, a deep cleaning preparation that removes waxes, oils and grime from new and old fabrics. It is the best way to prepare fabric and yarn for dying to achieve even color. We learnt about what plants from the garden and local hedgerows can be used to create an array of wonderful colours and was so interesting to hear about how to dye beads and paper etc. Don't miss our next online event on
Wednesday 28th July 2021
“Behind the seams of Chintz – Cotton in Bloom”
online event via Eventbrite at 7.00pm
An online talk by Gill Cochrane, Collections and Touring Exhibitions Officer at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London. @fashiontextilemuseum For more information head to our website. Link in bio. 🌸 #natureswonder #naturaldyes #naturaldyersofinstagram #tiedye #botanicaldye #fromthegarden #colour #historicaldye #sustainablefashion #vintagekitchen #ecofriendly #dyersgarden
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Monday 28th June 2021
Costume Catch-Up – A dip into natural dyeing online event via Eventbrite at 7.00pm
Committee member and avid natural dyer, Niki Miles, will give us an introduction to natural dyeing looking into how it’s done, how to make it colourfast and some of the dyes that can be used. Niki will be joined by fellow committee member and conservator, Sarah Howard, and the event will include some demonstrations. Once again this will be an informal session and we hope you’ll join in the chat, so do bring along any questions that you have always wanted to ask and Niki and Sarah will endeavour to answer them. 💛💛💛💛
This is a SCCS Members only exclusive event (click the link in bio & become a member).
Tickets are £5 and ticket sales end at 14.00 BST on 28th June. There are just 25 places available so don’t delay your booking! #naturaldye #naturaldyes #botanicalgarden #dyersgarden #nature #traditionaldye #tiedye #historicaldye #dye #museumfromhome #onlineevent #fashion #historicdress #dyersofinstagram @alliumthreads
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Date for the diary 📔 Another wonderful online event from @southerncountiescostumesociety on Wednesday 28th July 2021 7.00 pm “Behind the seams of Chintz – Cotton in Bloom” Tickets on sale soon 💛🧡🤍💛🧡🤍
An online talk by Gill Cochrane, Collections and Touring Exhibitions Officer at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London. ❤️❤️❤️
Click the link in bio to head to our webpage and find out how to become a member. Yearly cost of membership is just £10 and includes discounted rates for events and 3 newsletters a year #chintz #cottoninbloom #behindtheseams #floraladdict #chintzlove #handprintedtextiles #fabricdesign #tessuti #textiledesigners #historictextiles #indianchintz #fashionhistory #18thcenturychintz #fashionstudies #dresshistory
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Just a quick reminder about our next Costume Catch-Up – A Dip into Natural Dyeing. 💛💚🧡 There are just a few tickets remaining for our next event on Monday 28th June at 7pm. Join Niki Miles and Sarah Howard as they discuss natural dyeing including some demonstrations and tips as well as discussion on the history of dyeing and identifying natural vs synthetic dyed fabrics. Please bring your dyeing related questions. Ticket sales will close at 2pm on 28th June or sooner if all tickets are sold. Head to the website for more information link in bio #natural #sustainable #tiedye #dyeing #naturaldye #fromthegarden #naturesdye #historicaldye #naturaldyegarden #plantdyedwool #growingseason #botanicaldye #dyeingwithplants #dyersgarden #growingcolour #gardengivings #ecoprint #ecogarden #slowfashion ...

Members have you received your Summer newsletter today?! Hope you enjoy all the wonderful articles, including updates from our local museums 🌼 also included is the booking form for our upcoming in person event! For more information on how to become a member head to our website, link in bio.
Painting - 'At Breakfast.' Portrait of the artist's wife, Sigrid Kahler. Oil on canvas by Laurits Andersen Ring, 1898.

#joinus #museumsfromhome #textileenthusiasts #textileaddict #fashion #fashionthroughtheages #costume #read #fashionlovers #historyofdress #dresshistory #sewersofinstagram #ootd #memade #historicdress #costume
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Join us on the 28th June as SCCS committee member and keen natural dyer Niki Miles from @alliumthreads gives us some tips and advice on starting your natural dye journey or perhaps you've started dyeing and want some advice on colourfastness? They'll be demos and plenty of time for your questions. 💜🤍💛 Click the link in our bio to head to our website for more information and find out how to become a member. This is a member only event. Membership is £10 for a year. Discounted rates for events and 3 newsletters throughout the year. Members you will have received an email with a link to book tickets via Eventbrite. Do get in touch if you have any questions.
#naturaldyeing #plantdyes #vegetabledyes #dye #tiedye #naturestable #onlineevents #historyofclothing #dyersgarden #naturescolours #plantdyed #naturesgarden #museumsfromhome #historyofdyeing #botanicals #natural #organic #learningfromhome #sustainable
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