Yesterday I went to the 51st Annual Woodlawn Exhibit in Alexandria, VA. I was somewhat disappointed with the display itself but it may be me. You know when you first see something like the Woodlawn show you are knocked off your feet by sheer quantity and the quality of the pieces on display. Returning year after year nothing seems to quite measure up to that first visit when you were awed? I think that is where I was yesterday. There were a lot more needlepoint pieces this year and not as many Japanese Embroidery than in the past. There was a special exhibition on loan from the White House of stitching of the First Ladies which was pretty neat. Overall, I don't think the total number of pieces submitted for display was as many as there have been in the past. What was there was exquisite and inspiring. It was a very nice day. Always is when you spend the day with stitching friends.
I did finish my wool table runner. I've got some pesky wrinkles that I will have to gently steam out. They are kind of a good indication of how long this kit has sat folded in the packaging just waiting for my attention.