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!