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By Andrew Bolton, Harold Koda, Mimi Hellman

ISBN-10: 0300199651

ISBN-13: 9780300199659

In the course of the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92) model and furnishings merged beliefs of attractiveness and delight via their kinds and elaborations. With their fragile surfaces and gentle proportions, tables, chairs, and different items of furnishings more advantageous the elite's indulgence in leisurely objectives, fostering hugely advanced criteria of etiquette and function. women and men restated the attractiveness of the Rococo and Neoclassical interiors of the interval of their opulent costumes. For the eighteenth-century libertine and femme du monde, a sophisticated attractiveness and gentle voluptuousness infused their international with a temper of amorous delight.

Dangerous Liaisons takes its subject from this period, while trifling in love propelled the energies of elite women and men, supplying nearly day-by-day stimulating encounters, and whilst, as has been written, "morality misplaced yet society gained." In Choderlos de Laclos's novel of an identical identify, Ceacile, a tender lady, is praised through her instruct within the worldly arts: "She is basically pleasant! She has neither personality nor rules ... every little thing approximately her shows the keenest sensations." Valmont, her seducer, notes the next morning, "Nothing might have been extra amusing." Valmont has received a online game within the contest of lovemaking.

The fantastically photographed and handsomely reproduced pictures at the following pages deliver those amorous adventures to lifestyles. The vignettes, staged for the commonly praised exhibition "Dangerous Liaisons: model and furnishings within the Eighteenth Century," held on the Metropolitan Museum of paintings in 2004, characteristic eighteenth-century costumes within the Museum's extraordinary French interval rooms, The Wrightsman Galleries. The artfully composed scenes contain: a lady sitting for her portrait whereas her husband flirts together with her pal; a guy being granted an viewers with a girl in a peignoir who's having her hair dressed; a seller embracing the spouse of an previous guy, his again became, interpreting a desk on the market; a woman receiving greater than a harp lesson from her instructor, whereas her oblivious chaperone reads an erotic novel; a lady giving up her garter as a keepsake of a truly inner most dinner. The wonderful and an expert texts set the scenes completely.

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If you thread with the coded colors and do some practice sewing, you’ll easily be able to see what each cone is doing. It’s also easier to figure out which particular tension needs adjusting. One method to end off serging is to pull the needle threads out of the chain and then tie them with the looper threads. With color coding, you can get used to how the needle threads look in the chain (they are the straight ones). Try this for a rolled hem too, and see where it differs from regular serging.

You can put a rubber band around pens or sewing markers to keep them from rolling off as well. —Maria Hatfield 117 I like good chalk wheels, but sometimes I need to mark points, not lines, on dark fabric. I’ve used Dixon Washout Cloth Markers for such occasions, but I’ve noticed that as they age, they harden, and seeing a faint mark on the fabric requires an optometrist and the gift of clairvoyance. This morning I was practically engraving fiddly little (unseen) dots onto sleeve vents, when out of sheer frustration, I moistened the white “lead” in the pencil.

If you thread with the coded colors and do some practice sewing, you’ll easily be able to see what each cone is doing. It’s also easier to figure out which particular tension needs adjusting. One method to end off serging is to pull the needle threads out of the chain and then tie them with the looper threads. With color coding, you can get used to how the needle threads look in the chain (they are the straight ones). Try this for a rolled hem too, and see where it differs from regular serging.

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