I made it to the embroiderers guild meeting this afternoon, after months of conflicts with art commitments, but, finally, no other meetings today, and I got there.
The program was created and presented by Lyna, a skilled researcher and historical stitching worker. She also has an academic career aside from her fiberart life. Manages everything with aplomb.
Today was a slide lecture on blue and white Deerfield embroidery. Linen thread, stitched on linen, to reproduce a massive collection of colonial stitchwork. Which developed into a thriving business, in the Arts and Crafts period of the nineteenth century where craftsmanship had a resurgence and a ready audience.
Google on Deerfield, to learn about the town, its crafts and collectors. William Randolph Hearst's mother was a a keen collector of the embroidered hangings and domestic artworks.
And that was the main event. But wait, there's more.
Talented young designer Katie Woznick, has created a design honoring the hundredth anniversary this year of women's getting the vote. It's also a push to get out the vote in a critical year, at the same time. Lyna translated the image into a cross-stitch project, distributed it today, and the guild is embarking on it, different sizes, different colors.
I heard that the designer's preference is black stitching, so I'm going with that. I know this because her grandmother is a stitcher in our chapter. We have the inside track on this one!
In the interest of protecting the image, I'm giving you just a glimpse, showing that I was so excited I dashed home to rush about my partly disassembled studio for thread, needle, hoop, and got right to work. That's my V started there.
This stitching speaks to my inner Get out the Vote activist, ready for post it posse again this year, and my inner stitcher. A harmonious convergence.
We'll be showing this project at the upcoming Stitch in Public event in February, when I hope to have mine done.
And, since I hadn't been at the guild meetings for a while, my friends caught up with presents, things I'd missed out on.
So I came home with some fun loot.
Pretty good way to spend a cold damp winter afternoon. This post didn't start out as a guild report, but it sort of wrote