Yes, I am at another needlework event. For the next two days I will be attending the Winterthur conference Embroidery: The Thread of History.
After the NJNA October Meeting last night I finally got home, unpacked from the Stitcher’s Hideaway Retreat (see my previous blogs), and repacked. I left early this morning so that I could stop at The Strawberry Sampler in Glen Mills, PA before heading over to Winterthur. It is a very well-stocked shop (cross-stitch, punch needle, and framing) in a shopping center with plenty of parking. I did a bit of browsing and picked up a few more charts (I think I now have to live to about 250 so that I can at least start everything). Check out the link as I did not get a chance to take pictures.
The Brandywine Valley is an interesting area – lots of history and very pretty scenery. It was a perfect day to drive down two-lane roadways. I was concerned a few times when my GPS directed me onto what appeared to be a residential street, but all worked out. Mr. M and I visited this area a few times decades ago; I think it’s time to go back and really explore the area again.
The conference starts tomorrow morning (watch for more blogs). Due to popular demand the organizers added a third tour of the Delaware Historical Society today as the other two time slots were filled quite quickly. The tour allowed participants to view the Society’s sampler collection, which is not on public display, and included a lecture by Jennifer Potts, Curator of Objects, Delaware Historical Society, and Cynthia Steinhoff, co-author of Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery, 1750–1850.
My photos of the samplers are a little difficult to see due to glare on the glass, so I won’t them here. You’ll have to look through the book when it’s published (hopefully, by the end of this year)!