Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oh my!

I was surprised by this wonderful fiber that arrived in my box today! All the way from Belgium. And, I don't know who sent it to me. Thank you very much : ) I will try to find a nice design to use this beautiful blue. I've never tried this kind before. I appreciate my Secret Santa & perhaps one day, you will reveal your name to me : )

The book under the fiber is by Tandy and Charles Hersh, called Sampler of the Pennsylvania Germans. Our daughter checked it out from the library. She said there are about 25 volumes on the shelf -- all by The Pennsylvania German Society. She said some had towels and other folk art. Next time I'm on campus, I'll have to visit the stacks.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

2008 SALs

I'm pretty excited this morning! The 2008 Group Projects were announced on the With My Needle and Pen Newsletter. They are: Ann Holewll,1699 (from The Examplarery) and the Ackworth Friendship Book (from With My Needle) have been chosen for 2008. Hopefully, the SALs will begin in January.

I'm planning to join one of the SAL groups. If stitchers are interested in joining the group, participating in either SAL, LINK HERE.

Ann Holewll, 1699

Per Newsletter: "Ann's sampler was purchased by Colonial Williamsburg in 1998. To read more about the acquisition, go HERE.
The reproduction is worked in the stitching techniques found on the original: Cross, Double Running, Algerian Eye, and Satin with accents of Chain, Bullion Knots and Double Back Stitch."

More info in links provided. The one I started (back in 2004)... and ruined the linen by basting ... and bought new linen ... will be one of the projects. Yippie Skippie. Now I have some inspiration to get this one out and moving along.
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The other 2008 SAL I'll be participating in will be a BOAF called Happy Hearts Sampler. Tobie, Gingham Stitcher Blog, recently finished her sampler. It looks awesome. So far, I have the pattern -- still need fibers and linen. Funness.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Art Institute of Chicago

A new textile exhibit!!! All this from the Web Site:

The E. M. Bakwin Collection of Indonesian Textiles
December 1, 2007–March 2, 2008
Galleries 108–109

"Overview: Featuring nearly 50 works—including exquisite examples of the batik and ikat techniques—this exhibition explores a magnificent collection that entered the Art Institute in late 2002, introducing viewers to the rich variety of Indonesian textile traditions and investigating the sources, motifs, and uses of one of Asia’s most spectacular art forms."
WEB SITE HERE w/more information.

Museum Hours

Monday–Wednesday, Friday, 10:30–5:00
Thursday, 10:30-8:00
(Target Free Thursdays 5:00-8:00)
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00–5:00

The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

admission Fees

Adults: $12
Children, Students, and Seniors (65 and up): $7
Children under 12 are free. Members are always free. Become a member now!

Target Free Thursdays
Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 are free.

Thx for the e-mails and comments. I've been busy stitching a gift -- I'm done with the cross stitch and moving on to the finishing. More posts soon.


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