For now I am emptying my desk and finishing up projects and imparting my knowledge to my replacement.
So other loose ends are there's two Victorian Perforated paper Christmas pinkeeps or ornaments. The tree could've been on a larger piece of paper but......I kept making mistakes with the cutting and the paper got smaller and smaller. Quick and easy if you keep track of where you are in the snip snip snip edge to the paper.
I attended classes at my guild yesterday. The morning class was with Janis Note of Noteworthy Needle. We learned to drill foam pumpkins to be later cross stitched. I'd show you mine but it is still in the car, I am in my jammies, it is barely 25 degrees out and I am not about to tiptoe outside to get it. I will have to share next time.
For the afternoon, we had a class with Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes. We pre-stitched the crown and in class covered the box, assembled a velvet pillow for inside the box, assembled the crown and had scissor fobs made. Both teachers were great and their classes were great. And of course they each had a trunk show which we are not going to talk about here. Add to that that the LNS opened early for us on Friday so we could shop before touring Winterthur. Am I the only one that feels I HAVE to buy from little shops you go into? I have bought more patterns and stash in the last month than I have bought all year. I must be stocking up for retirement is all I can say.
Here is my finished class piece.
Box lid and scissors fob.
|Our host, Henry Frances duPont, at age 83|
|This is two floors below ground. Each wall is a different exterior of a different home - set for destruction, these home fronts were purchased by Mr. duPont and moved and reconstructed in his Winterthur Museum.|
We saw several of these looms throughout the tour.
Mr. duPont like everything to be symmetrical.
The grounds are just as beautiful as well planned as the interior.
Six silver tankards crafted by the Paul Revere.
Original painting of George Washington; the Smithsonian has a copy.
Below, George and Martha Washington's presidential china. Winterthurs boosts more pieces of this collection than are housed at Mount Vernon.
Ever the proper host, cigarettes were offered to guests.
Our guide liked our enthusiasm and took us for sneak peaks at some of the areas we wanted to see but weren't on our tour. We ran out of time and she was so sweet to offer to meet up with us after I introductory tour to show us more. Did we ever feel like VIP's.
This is in the textile storage area. These are the many sets of draperies and cornices that Mr. duPont would change out to match the seasons.
And if that is not enough, also currently on display at Winterthur are the costumes for the Netflix series, The Crown. So beautifully displayed with snippets of the scenes where each of the garments were worn were shown on the monitors. Along side the description of many outfits was the photo of Queen Elizabeth in the outfit that inspired the costume. The garden tram ride just about froze us to death but the guide was a wealth if knowledge. Looking forward to a trip back in the spring to enjoy the gardens in warmer temps.
Back on the home front, the reno's are winding down. Shower door, we are waiting on the glass man. Linen cabinets, we are waiting for them to arrive. Back splash, we are waiting for the electrician to do his magic first. Entering Week 8 and I am getting weary of the dirt and the boxes and of things out of place. I thought Mr. W. was jesting when he told the contractor in early September to start and be done by Thanksgiving. Heck....it could never take that long I thought. I am heading back to my son's for a week and I have my fingers crossed that it will be done when I return home.
For my stitching progress, I am really happy with how much I have gotten done in so little time. But since I am doing little on the household front, what's a stitcher to do?
There are 12 half triangles of the white and green across the bottom and I am just starting 11 in the series. After that, there are the letters across the top. Not much more to go!
That's all I've got folks. It is hard to pare done the photos so thanks for hanging in.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching.