May 28, 2012

Woodlawn

Greetings, all! I had the opportunity to go to the Woodlawn Needlework show yesterday before working at the shop, and it was quite wonderful--very worthwhile. Unfortunately, as I mentioned last week, no one is allowed to photograph anything but their own entry in the show, so I could not take the photos of the various amazing needleworks that I had a chance to see. There were 649 entries, I believe, and they ranged from simple to elaborate. Many I was familiar with, particularly in the cross stitch division, but there were many wonderful designs I've never seen before and would love to get my hands on. Some I have in my stash (see below) and have a new appreciation for since I've seen them stitched up. None have design names on them though! For some reason, all the exhibits have the name of the stitcher and in many cases the framer on them--but not the name of the designer or the design!

This is a photo of Woodlawn Plantation. Woodlawn has a long way to go before it's in reasonably good shape--this is not a spiffy Williamsburg-type restoration. It is very, very primitive inside and the grounds are shabby. I'm happy that the entry fees and ticket sales, among other monies surrounding this show, will go to help restore Woodlawn. No air conditioning on a 90-degree day and looking at exhibits on the 2nd floor of the building--it certainly makes you think of the rigors of wearing a long-sleeved corseted dress in the early 1800s during the long Virginia summer.


Here's the guide to the exhibits. The cover photo is a design that was exhibited at the show. It is a map of the DC/MD/VA area's rivers with Mount Vernon and other local points of interest. It is both stitched AND painted. The design is by Catherine Jordan, who offers other maps as kits, and who also offers online map classes. I'm hoping she offers this one as a kit!


Speaking of Southern Plantations, I've made a bit of progress on Sarah Hatton McPhail this week. Here's the area I've been concentrating on.


Which is a bit of a change from last week.


This arrived at the shop. I'm excited about stitching it, but I'm hemming and hawing about the materials I'll be using--and my stitchy friends have announced that I need to finish Sarah before starting Hannah.


And this was one of the stitched exhibits at the show. I've had this design in my stash since the late eighties, and now might be the time to stitch it. Yup--I started it: DMC on some vintage Examplar Lakeside from my stash.


Pink and Peaches send greetings and hope you're keeping cool.


Happy week ahead!

27 comments:

Margaret said...

I didn't need that link to the maps lady. lol! Such a nice pic for the exhibition! Glad you had fun at Woodlawn. Love your Sarah, of course. I want to stitch Hannah Carter too, of course. I might go with DMC to save money. We'll see.

marly said...

Too bad they don't allow photos and I don't understand why. It's an exhibit! There's a lot of stitches in Sarah and Hannah doesn't look any easier. Hope Elvis and his new girlfriend are doing well.

Jan said...

I stayed in the AC today! The few times I went out it was way to hot. You're right,Woodlawn does need a lot of work. I haven't had a chance to go this year. Thanks for the link to the map!

Deb said...

Oh, it would be wonderful to go to Woodlawn and see all the wonderful things. I have a map of Michigan that I got from taking a class with her through our Sampler Guild. It's still sitting in the stash pile unfortunately.

Love how Sarah is coming along and love Hannah Carter too - that one is on the stash list - that keeps growing.

Deborah said...

I did the New England piece about 20 years ago and gave it to a friend. It was a wonderful stitch.

Stitch By Stitch said...

I love the photo of Woodlawn! I can imagine how inspiring it would be to see all of the entries in such a beautiful setting! Thanks for sharing!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Keep cool, Peaches and Pink!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Beautiful, beautiful stitching. It sure makes mine look pathetic! LOL1 heloo to the bunsters.

Daffycat said...

Sarah looks fantastic! I love all the animals in Hannah and your new start rocks!

I am sure with all that fur the bunnies appreciate the air conditioning we enjoy today. Not to mention salad year-round!

Chris said...

It is so inspiring to see an exhibit of stitching. It always makes me want to power stitch.
Sarah is looking great!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Your Sarah is wonderful but I can understand your desire to jump in in Hannah. It's beautiful.

Lanie said...

Hi Glenna, thank you for the great post! Would love to see the exhibit at Woodlawn both for the needlework and the plantation! Your "Sarah" is so pretty...can't wait to see her completed...so start "Hannah Carter" if you must, but keep stitching "Sarah"! :) Actually I love "Hannah" as well, and just might have to add her to my must do list!

Katherine said...

Yes,I agree, the way things are done at Woodlawn does need a lot of work. I filled in some of the chits they give out to submit to the stitchers - so you can get the information on whether it was a chart and by whom. I only had one reply though. Such beautiful things there; it really is a treat to go.

Katrina said...

Fun, fun, fun!!!! Love your samplers :-). I am thinking of doing Hannah on Lakeside Green Slate and skipping some of the background stitching????

Crafty Green Poet said...

It looks like a house that deserves a loving restoration, I'm happy that the show is helping to fund this!

Melissa said...

That must've been some needlework exhibit!

Sarah is looking prettier every post! You've got lots of lovelies on the go!

Anna van Schurman said...

I'll never understand why they don't include info on design and designer. This is what the designers should be up in arms about. An opportunity for free advertising that is getting away.

Karen said...

Sarah is coming along so nicely and the colors in her are beautiful.

Sounds like Woodlawn was nice, in spite of the heat. I wonder why they don't include they name of the design and the designer. I agree with Anna...if I were a designer, I'd be royally ticked.

samplerlover said...

I think that it would be wonderful to go to Woodlawn. I have heard a lot about it. It is a great pity that they don't allow photos. It would have be interesting to see some of the beautiful pieces that you talked about.

Oh I love your Sarah. I enjoy seeing all of your updates on her. Just waiting for Hannah to arrive downunder lol. - Sandra.

MarchAnn58 said...

Everything is looking good Glenna, thanks for the Woodlawn info. I didn't make it down this year with the move and everything, but maybe I will head back to Virginia next year during the show.
Your samplers are always so beautiful thanks for sharing.

Giovanna said...

Wow, you're almost done with the sampler - it's awesome!

Catherine said...

I have wanted to get to Woodlawn the past few years, but have yet to make it happen! One day.....
Love your stitches ~ they are always so pretty! And the bunnies ~ always adorable!

Donna said...

I have never understood why they don't give credit to the designers. No one gives me a satisfactory answer either when I ask.

As for photos: too many original pieces and the designers don't want photos taken and published somewhere.

Siobhán said...

Oh man, what a neat exhibition that must be! I'd love to make it there some year. Fantastic progress on Sarah!

Kerri said...

I don't understand not including the designer. So wierd. Looks like you had a lovely time.

I took a Texas map class from C. Jordan several years ago and it was a lot of fun. We even did some fabric and thread dying. Sadly, it is still a UFO due to all the backstitching needed. TX is a big state to stitch! LOL!

Brigitte said...

So great that you had the chance to go there and see all the wonderful entries. It's a pity that photographs aren't allowed inside but I can understand that. It's incredible how motivating such needlework shows can be. There aren't many in my region, just the occasinal quilt show but when I come home from such a show I don't want to do anything but quilt and stitch and sew.
Many years ago I stitched one of these gorgeous Ginger & Spice samplers, the Rocky Mountain one. It was in my early days of stitching and so it's on Aida. Have fun with your New England Sampler.

Michelle said...

What a fantastic exhibit! I'm just absolutely loving your Sarah - she is really coming along. And I can't wait to see how your new start looks - what fun that you rediscovered some things in your stash!