Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Received a phone call from the florist ...

For Me?

My husband is a keeper!

Aren't they beautiful?

Just made me so happy today!

Happy enough to stop complaining about the snow ... and lake effect snow ... which keeps on falling

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Elizabeth Ann Pitman

Nice Article on the Antique Roadshow Web Site:
Unraveling a Needlework Mystery

I'm getting over a terrible flu & head cold. Boyz home from school today -- SNOW DAY. Not much else going on ... just more snow, and more snow, and more snow. Sick of snow? I am.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Judith Hayle and her pupils

The Ann Holewll Sampler, 1699
SAL info here
I've finished rows 1-3, chart A ... the February stitching assignment!! Yay : )

Nice article re. Juda or Judeth Hayle (teacher), her pupils (their samplers), in SAN-Q, Spring 2001

Which reminded me that I had stitched the Elizabeth Burton 1701 motifs for a Pin Pillow -- photo on SAN-Q cover

Rooted thru nearly everything 'stitchie' in my room ... until I found these squres

I need to find some muslin & locate my wool roving [gotta be someplace around here] ... add a buttonhole stitch edge to both squares ... then, use a chain stitch to join the front & back. Aren't the corners interesting with detached chain stitching?

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Progress Pictures ...

The Ann Holewll Sampler
With My Needle and Pen SAL
Got started on this repro. Doing more counting than stitching! The cross stitch & Double Back Stitch is over three threads. I should have these three bands completed by the end of February
I am using silk [from the kit] on 40-count linen

Moon Garden
Not much progress ...

Happy Hearts Sampler SAL
I'm having problems reading the chart. It has small boxes & small symbols. I'm going to have to get it enlarged at the copy center (inbetween snow storms) before I start on the motifs. Meanwhile, I continue on the alhabet letters.

Just had to buy these flowers at the grocery market

Monday, February 04, 2008

Friday, February 01, 2008

Ann Relf 1815

Ann Relf 1815
The Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society

In the With My Needle and Pen Newsletter, I was delighted to read about the Wisconsin Historical Society putting their sampler collection on-line.

When I visited an exhibit in Chicago (2007), I was interested in the Ann Relf sampler -- esp the first section with the alphabet letters surrounded by queen stitches!!! The image in the Exhibition Cataloge was ok, the on-line photo is larger & easier to view the stitching : )

This collection includes Betsy Manchester, Rhode Island, 1793

Tour the sampler collection - LINK HERE

Free exhibit in Chicago

Petronele Gerlikiene: Embroidered Myths and Everyday Stories
January 12 through April 6, 2008
Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries
78 E. Washington Street

One of the most acclaimed, self-taught Lithuanian-American artists, Petronele Gerlikiene was born in Chicago in 1905 and died in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1979. She spent most of her life working in the countryside but, after retiring in 1972, she moved to the capital to live with her artist son. Fond of needlework and embroidery, she started to create her own compositions on curtains and rugs, with different trees as the central motifs, often surrounded by people and animals, sometimes referring to Lithuanian myths or simple daily life experiences. Organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Inc. and the Lithuanian Consulate in Chicago. Programs. Brochure.

For information about other Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs events, visit the Department of Cultural Affairs website. Department of Cultural Affairs: 312-744-6630
web site link HERE

Japanese Prints

December 7, 2007 – March 23, 2008

Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Dr. Sandy Kita

Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)
Adam and Eve, 1980
Kappazuri dyed stencil print on paper, 16/100

Brauer Museum of Art
Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
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